Preparations for Flu Season
Caring for a sick baby or child is a full-time job, which means every other responsibility us moms have get put on the back-burner until further notice. Because it is such an overbearing task, I’ve come up with a few tips to ensure you have the best help available, especially as the flu season will soon commence.
Flu ShotsIt is recommended that everybody in the family receive a flu shot at the beginning of, or before each flu season. Typically this puts you in October, so that you have plenty of time for the antibodies to develop, which takes about two weeks. However, any time during the flu season, they are available and highly suggested. If a child is receiving a flu vaccination for the first time in their life and is under the age of 9, they will need to get what is called a booster dose or booster shot. This second dose of the flu shot must be given no sooner than 28 days after the original shot. It helps to improve the effectiveness of the flu vaccine. The flu shot alone does stimulate the immune system, but often isn’t able to create enough antibodies needed to adequately ward off the flu for those receiving it for the first time. I’ll be honest; I haven’t ever gotten my kids or myself flu shots as early as October. My son’s birthday is in November, so while we’re in the doctor’s office for his yearly checkups, we do flu shots at that time. However, after researching all about the flu vaccine for this article, I’ve decided that waiting another three weeks may not be the smartest decision. You can bet I’ll be going in as soon as possible to get all four of us our flu shots, as this flu season approaches.
Investing in a few products designed especially for sick kiddos is definitely not a bad idea. Surely things like humidifiers and thermometers are going to be used over and over again, so to have them on hand is a smart idea. I’m continually impressed at some of the technologies available for parents to use on their children in this day and age. Items like the Fridababy Fever Frida and the Owlet Vitals Monitor are incredibly resourceful, and have the definite capacity to ease some of the worry that comes with a sick babe.
These two products in particular monitor your baby while asleep, so you never have to wake them or fidget with regular thermometers in order to get their temperature reading, and the Owlet gives you vital readings – not only is this great for decreasing the rate of SIDS, but it is fantastic for babies who are sick or have serious health issues. Many pediatricians will recommend buying one of these monitors when a young baby experiences various types of medical complications. Whether you go full-out with these high-tech, incredibly convenient products or not, you’re definitely going to want to be prepared.