Babies Aged 5 Months Often Flu?
good afternoon, I want to ask about the flu that my child is suffering from. I have a daughter who is 4.5 months old. u003cbr u003. After this last 3 months she has always caught a cold. every month the flu duration ranges from 5-7 days. At first I thought that because the weather from the end of the year until now was rather bad, causing the development of a disease, which caused the people around him to catch a cold, which made my child contract. but there are also those who mention the possibility that my child has certain allergies. u003cbr u003 do I have to give influenza vaccine to my child? u003cbr u003eoh yes, my husband and I also work, so every morning I take my child to my mother’s house to be taken care of while I work and after my husband and I go home work, we pick him back up. does that also matter?
Hello Maya, Thank you for the question.
Have you ever checked yourself into a pediatrician for further examination? What symptoms does your child experience, is it just a cough and runny nose, or is it accompanied by fever, runny eyes, sneezing, swollen lips, diarrhea, difficult weight / not increasing, skin rash? In the first two years of life a child is very susceptible to infection and can experience colds up to 8-10 times per year. This is caused by a child's immune system that has not yet developed optimally. Complaints experienced by your child may be caused by flu or other viral / bacterial infections in the respiratory tract. However, this complaint can also be caused by allergic reactions such as dust, animal hair, cold air, cow's milk (if you have given formula milk).
You should check your child's condition to a pediatrician. The doctor will conduct further tests on your child to determine the cause. Your doctor may do an allergy test to find out if this complaint is indeed caused by an allergic reaction. After that, the doctor will provide further treatment for your child.
To improve the child's immune system from all infectious diseases, your child is recommended to receive immunizations. Influenza vaccine is one of the immunizations that you can give to your child, but this vaccine can only be given if a child is 6 months or older who can be repeated once a year. Please consult with your doctor about the child's immunization schedule that should be received by your child.
If your child has a cough and runny nose, please continue breastfeeding your child. Let your child get enough rest. Make sure parents and other people who take care of your child (including your mother) always maintain hand hygiene especially when going to touch your child to avoid transmission of the disease. Keep your child away from adults or other children who are sick. You can bathe your child with warm water to help relieve your child's breathing.
Please read the following article: Overcoming a child's cold
Hopefully this information is useful.