Post # 1
Hello bees, ftm here and am terrified of getting my daughter sick. I have the flu. She is 8 weeks old, I went to a few doctors this week for checkups, etc and perhaps that with the combination of the freezing weather we have been having I’ve contacted the flu. Am breastfeeding , LO seems to be fine for now.
Currently am only taking Tylenol and extra vit C. Am wearing protective medical mask around her and have thieves oil running around the clock (young living essential oil, similar to OnGuard from doterra).
Bees, what do you recommend I take? I’m so worried, don’t want to get her sick. Must be breastfeed friendly. Thank you for any advice.
Post # 2
lifeisbeeutiful : did you get the flu vaccine while pregnant? If so even if you caught the flu it’ll be a weaker sickness and she will have been born with some immunity.
Post # 3
lifeisbeeutiful : Were you diagnosed with the flu? (I ask because people often throw around the word “flu” but aren’t actually referring to the flu virus, but a less severe virus). What did the doctor recommend? Assuming you were vaccinated while pregnant, she should have some immunity already and your case shouldn’t be super severe (nor will hers be if she catches it).
The only advice I can think of would be that you might want to treat it the way you do when someone is on respiratory precautions in the hospital. Disposable isolation gown over your clothes (or a couple of robes that you wash after wearing and use in rotation), wash hands before and after contact, wear gloves, disposable masks. Wipe down surfaces you both touch. Cough into your elbow, not your hand.
Post # 4
teacher-bee-in-the-sea : lovelyruby : yes, doctor diagnosed flu said to wash hands often and watch for fever. will definitely keep wearing mask, change clothes and layers and wash hands frequently.
Did anyone have any success with any OTC medications? So many.
Post # 5
Tamiflu can reduce the number of days you’re sick – so I think it also reduces the time you’re contagious.
Can that be taken while breastfeeding?
Post # 6
The good news is that as you’re breastfeeding you’re passing on the means to fight the illness as well as any germs. In other words, your immune system is working to get rid of the virus and everything it’s learning about the virus it is passing on to baby.
I had a few colds while breastfeeding my son and he never caught any of them from me.
Post # 7
AB Bride : Twizbe : thank you. I will call about Tamiflu tomorrow asap.
Post # 8
lifeisbeeutiful : I’m very surprised that your doctor diagnosed you with the flu but didn’t prescribe anything. The flu is no joke! And yes, according to the Mommy Meds app, you can take Tamiflu while breastfeeding. So I would definitely ask for a prescription. Otherwise if you got vaccinated while pregnant, that should help protect your baby a bit. Also breastfeeding while you are sick is usually the best thing you can do for your child. It passes along the antibodies. Feel better!
Post # 9
Yeah I second PP that if you breastfeeding, you also pass antibodies along. I got sick several times while Boyfriend or Best Friend and LO is fine mostly.
Just wash your hands regularly and wear those mask. Get weel soon!!!
Post # 10
Look up oscillococcinum, it works quickly! you can find it anywhere.
Post # 11
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lifeisbeeutiful : I recommend not supporting MLMs.
Advil, baking soda or lemon in water a few times a day to alkalize your body, rest. You can’t do much other than that. You have to make taking care of yourself a priority. Stay hydrated and well nourished and limit sugar and processed foods. Currently fighting a cold at 32 weeks pregnant with vitamin c and baking soda myself. Usually passes in about 3 days this way.
Post # 12
lifeisbeeutiful : i would skip the essential oils, none are recommended as safe for an under 6 month old baby. Focus on good hand hygiene and a face mask, and then try not to worry. You are passing along protection and antibodies through your breastmilk.
If you’ve been sick longer than 48 hours Tamiflu is unlikely to do anything – that’s why lots of people get diagnosed with the flu and aren’t able to get any medication other than Advil and Tylenol. If you haven’t received an actual flu test and you don’t have a high fever, it’s also very possible you have a bad cold.
Post # 13
lifeisbeeutiful : keep hydrating and nursing. The best thing you can do for your baby is to keep passing on those antibodies.
Post # 14
Please look into those essential oils and stop using them around your baby.
Many of them are not recommended around children, let alone an infant. I believe eucalyptus and rosemary can cause respiratory distress, which are both in Thieves oil.
Post # 15
Did the doctor give you a flu test that tested positive for the flu? I do find it weird also, that the dr didn’t give you anything.
Like pp said, people throw the flu around all the time, but the only way to know for sure is testing positive for the flu.
I hope you feel better soon and that your little one stays healthy!