If your baby is at least 2 weeks old, your pediatrician may prescribe the antiviral drug oseltamivir (Tamiflu) to prevent or treat the flu. It works best when they take it in the first day or two after they get sick.
What can I give my baby for the flu?
How is flu treated in babies and children?
- Oseltamivir (Tamiflu®) for children as young as 2 weeks. This medicine comes as a capsule or liquid.
- Zanamivir (Relenza®) for children at least 5 years old. This medicine is a powder that your child breathes in by mouth. …
- Peramivir (Rapivab®) for children at least 2 years old.
How can I treat my baby’s flu at home?
Safe home remedies for your child’s cough, cold, or flu
- Lots of rest (all ages)
- Extra fluids (all ages)
- Humidity to help thin mucus (all ages)
- Saline drops and nasal aspirator (all ages)
- Elevating the head (12 months and up)
- Warm liquids and chicken soup (6 months and up)
How do you get rid of a baby’s flu?
Treating the cold at home
- Give plenty of liquids, including breast milk or formula (if your baby doesn’t take breast milk). A small amount of water may be offered to your baby if they’re over 6 months old.
- Suction out nasal mucus using saline drops and a suction bulb.
- Moisturize the air with a humidifier.
What happens if baby gets the flu?
Call your pediatrician as soon as you notice any of those problems. You don’t want to take any chances. When your baby has the flu, they could be at risk for complications, such as sinus and ear infections and pneumonia — especially if they’re under 6 months old. Quick treatment can help prevent trouble.
How can I get rid of the flu in 24 hours?
Tips for Early Treatment:
- Don’t Over-Exert Yourself. When you’re starting to feel sick, this is not the time to run a few miles or pull an all-nighter for a big project. …
- Over the Counter Medicines Can Help. …
- Avoid Cold and Damp Environments. …
- Get Enough Sleep. …
- Drink Plenty of Fluids.
How can I protect my 4 month old from the flu?
7 Ways to Protect Your Baby From Cold and Flu
- Insist Visitors Wash Their Hands. Jamie Grill / Blend Images / Getty Images. …
- Use Hand Sanitizer. …
- Ensure All Caregivers Are Vaccinated. …
- Stay Away From Sick People. …
- Breastfeed If Possible. …
- Avoid Public Places for Awhile. …
- Know When to Call the Pediatrician.
How long is the flu contagious?
Period of Contagiousness
People with flu are most contagious in the first 3-4 days after their illness begins. Some otherwise healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick.