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Suggest treatment for flu infection in a 5-month-old breastfed baby?

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Posted on Tue, 28 Aug 2018
Question: hi .. my baby is 5 months old under breast feeding... i have flu from last 2 days and i observed my baby also infected with it.. she has running nose from evening.. please suggest what could be the best way to treat... thanks in advance.
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Answered by Dr. Pradeep Kumar Jain (51 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Observe for the breathing problem

Detailed Answer:
Hi,
I have gone through the query and do understand your concern.
Flu is a very infectious condition and in most of the cases it improves on its own in 3-4 days with symptomatic treatment only. That means if there is a fever give Paracetamol and for a nasal congestion nasal saline drop or antihistaminic.
In small babies, there may be involvement of lower respiratory tract which may present with breathing difficulty and poor feeding.
I won't get worried if the baby is otherwise active, accepting feeds well and there are no breathing issues.
You can give nasal saline drop(nasoclear) 4-6 times a day. If cold is more you may need to give antiallergic like Cetirizine after consulting your pediatrician.
Give frequent feeds and consult your doctor immediately if there is any breathing difficulty.

I hope this helps.
Take care
Dr. Pradeep Kumar

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Brief Answer: Observe for the breathing problem Detailed Answer: Hi, I have gone through the query and do understand your concern. Flu is a very infectious condition and in most of the cases it improves on its own in 3-4 days with symptomatic treatment only. That means if there is a fever give Paracetamol and for a nasal congestion nasal saline drop or antihistaminic. In small babies, there may be involvement of lower respiratory tract which may present with breathing difficulty and poor feeding. I won't get worried if the baby is otherwise active, accepting feeds well and there are no breathing issues. You can give nasal saline drop(nasoclear) 4-6 times a day. If cold is more you may need to give antiallergic like Cetirizine after consulting your pediatrician. Give frequent feeds and consult your doctor immediately if there is any breathing difficulty. I hope this helps. Take care Dr. Pradeep Kumar