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Prevention of flu transmission to a 6 week old baby - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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User :   i have a 6 week old infant that may have been exposed to thhe flu..what should i do?
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User :   is it ok for her to still be in thhe same huse as the child withthe flu?/
Doctor :   It is not advisable to do that
User :   how long is the flu contagious?
Doctor :   For about a week
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from the onset of symptoms.
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Also the person should be completely recovered from the disease.
User :   so what should i look for in my baby to see if she has gotten the flu?
Doctor :   Let the infected child wear a Mask to prevent transmission
Doctor :   Do not get over anxious about it
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Breast feed the baby well
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Mother's milk will strengthen her immunity.
User :   shes bottle fed
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May I know the reason?
User :   she was born tongu tied an couldnt latch properly
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Just see to it the infected child wears a N95 mask

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Do not bring her in direct contact
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