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Old 02-16-2008, 02:17 PM   #1
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What do you do if you have the flu?

I am so miserable. My dr says I can't take anything except Tylenol and drink lots of fluids and rest. lol
I have 4 kids one with pink eye and 2 with colds. My nursling is 5weeks old so that is why he said dont take anything, ds is too young.
I have never had the flu. Is it possible for ds to get it from me?
My mother bought me Echinacea but it says not to take it if your allergic to ragweed, which I am.
Anyone else suffering? I feel so alone here.
What do you do when your sick and nursing?

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Old 02-16-2008, 02:27 PM   #2
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The best thing you can do for baby is keeop nursing!!! I don't agree with the doctor though. There are meds you can take!! Flu is viral, so antibiotics won't help, but you can treat the symptoms for some relief. Check out kellymom.com and see what you can take for the symptom you have. I hope you feel better soon!!
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The best thing you can do for baby is keeop nursing!!! I don't agree with the doctor though. There are meds you can take!! Flu is viral, so antibiotics won't help, but you can treat the symptoms for some relief. Check out kellymom.com and see what you can take for the symptom you have. I hope you feel better soon!!
Good advice! And yes, there are meds you can take.
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your baby will be protected from the immunities in your milk....much more likely to catch a bug you aren't exposed to.
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Re: What do you do if you have the flu?

What I did when I had the flu 2 weeks after a c-section:
1. Older kids to grandma's
2. Sat in nursing chair with a big water bottle, the boppy and the baby.
3. Stuck baby on boob
4. Shivered and sweated and nursed.

I survived, although I thought I was dying. Joe almost doubled his birth weight and didn't even get a runny nose. Go Breastmilk! Yay!
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Oh, and, I hope you get well soon!!! Nurse that baby and hydrate yourself!
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I am feeling more human today. I wore ds the whole time and stayed in bed all day on Saturday. The hardest part is I had noone else to take care of the other three kids, so I had to rely on my oldest to help as much as she could, and just manage the rest best I could. DH was helpful but he had his own problems, he had his VS done on Friday and he was not able to do much either. And it didnt help that they were out of school Thursday. Friday and Monday.
But we survived. I am still trying to catch up on sleep and coughing my head off doesn't help.
It is 17degrees outside today... I really need some Spring!!

Thank you everyone.
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