How do I take care of my son when I have a cold, or flu?

Jessica - posted on 11/01/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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The father is always at work and I stay home to take care of my son. He is a little over 3 months. I was wondering if there was something I could give him to strengthen his immune system, so he can't catch my cold. Help please.

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Erin - posted on 11/04/2009

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I've taken ecchinacea, (I breastfeed) I also got the H1N1 shot. So hopefully my antibodies will pass through to baby. The only other thing you can do is wear a mask and wash your hands. It's actually better to cough into your hands then into your elbow since bugs can only live on skin for 4 minutes rather than soft surfaces for 14 hours.

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If you are breastfeeding than keep it up. He will get the immunities that your body develops to the bacteria from your breastmilk. I remember when my little brother was a baby both of my parents got really sick, like couldn't get out of bed sick and I would carry my brother into my mom when he needed to eat and he never got sick. But also wash your hands and cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze.

Kelly - posted on 11/04/2009

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your child will catch colds etc anyway, but the obvious like washing your hands etc will help. and i know this sounds a little harsh but i would not give my son vitamins and the like, i let him get viruses. by getting them his body had to fight them by itself and thus this actually boosted his immune system and made it stronger. he is 3 1/2 now and very rarely gets ill, and when he does he is not ill for very long at all.

he wouldnt take anitbiotics for infections so i had to let it take its course. it was hard to see him ill at the time but now i look back and am glad as he is hardly ever ill now.

he is a strong boy now and has no ill health these days so it has worked well for him in the long run x x x

all the best to you and your son x x x x

Sarah - posted on 11/03/2009

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Some people are also lucky to not get sick, no matter what age or sickness, my husband misses most the colds around our house and we have 3 kids 2 in school, we got the flu 2 weeks ago and only 2 kids and me got it, and 2 of us has asthma, and we didn't wear mask, but i asked my kids to wash there hands alot, and sneeze in a tissue, plus i sprayed everything down with oust air and surface cleaner, and used a cool mist humidifier.

Caryn - posted on 11/02/2009

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I agree with Anna. DON'T give your child vitamins or immune-boosting ANYTHING without your dr's say so! Especially to an infant that young!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Emily - posted on 11/04/2009

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When I'm sick and have to care for my kids, I take medicine and wash my hands a lot and use hand sanitizer. Sometimes they are going to get it no matter what you do.

Pamela - posted on 11/02/2009

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My boyfriend had the flu and he wore a mask and washed his hands all the time , my son and I didnt catch anything :)

Crystal - posted on 11/02/2009

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I was just talking about infant vitamin drops. The doctor at Arkansas Children's Hospital had me give them to my son when he was an infant. My pediatrician also had me keep him on them. It never hurts to make sure they are getting what they need.

Tammy - posted on 11/02/2009

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wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands!!! you could wear a mask also. I don't know what you would give him to strengthen his immune system. ask doc?

Cassi - posted on 11/02/2009

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I would ask the pediatrician about vitamins to boost his immune. I would wash your hand very often, like every 30 minutes, after you cough or sneeze or blow your nose, and wear a mask if possible. It is really difficult to keep those germs away from a child when you are a stay at home mom, taking care of a little one all the time. Every illness that my son or I have had we have always passed to each other, even with extra hand washing and a mask. He gets something and gives it to me usually. We have had the flu twice together, once being the swine flu about 2-3 weeks ago. That was fun, not! It wasn't as bad for us as I thought it would be though.

Anna - posted on 11/01/2009

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He's probably going to get it no matter what, but the best thing you can do is wash your hands a lot. Carry around a bottle of alcohol hand sanitizer in case you can't wash your hands right away after you sneeze or blow your nose. Personally, I wouldn't want to give any immune strengthening medicines to a baby so young, even vitamins or so-called 'natural remedies' - you don't know what it's going to do to them. If he gets sick, vicks vaporub is good to rub on his back and chest to help his breathing and you can give him a little paracetamol liquid if he seems to be suffering - you just have to be really careful to get the right dose for his weight.

Crystal - posted on 11/01/2009

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They make vitamin drops for infants. My son hated them but they should help. Just keep hand sanitizer around and wash your hands alot. Wipe down the things you touch during the day at night before you go to bed with sanitizer and wipe down his toys.

Caryn - posted on 11/01/2009

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A mask would be a good idea. Also making sure you keep your hands washed before and after you hold/change your son. Cough/sneeze into your elbow and try to turn away from him when doing so, this will limit the bacteria from flying straight at him. Chances are he will probably catch whatever you have but if you remember all these things that greatly limits those chances :)

Krissy - posted on 11/01/2009

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I would get mask to wear while caring for him. You could also ask your child doctor.

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