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Name: modgurl
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Thursday, March 10, 2011 @ 11:55 am

Dear Blogger,

Now everyone I know has fallen sick at least once since the start of the new year. Like the newspaper has reported, we have a flu epidemic. That doesn't mean that everyone is suffering from flu though.

I get very agitated when people confuse flu with cold symptoms. Sometimes, one might just be down with a cold caused by a viral infection. Fever, runny nose and cough are common. Flu is much, much more serious than that.

This is why I cannot emphasise enough how important it is to get yourself vaccinated against flu. For about $30, you'll cut the risk of getting seriously ill from the flu bug. I was told by the doctor that the flu vaccination is best taken yearly.

My husband started the sickness ball rolling when he was infected with stomach flu about 3 weeks ago. It left him almost bedridden. Despite his many travels, he doesn't really have a strong immune system.

Then, my daughter had a serious viral infection that gave her high fever for almost a week! I am not surprised by that because she usually gets some viral infection almost monthly. When you put things in your mouth, it is most definite that you will fall sick often. Her fever is gone now but the cough and runny nose still stay.

Finally, my son caught her virus. Even though he only had low-grade fever, his cough was bad. For a 4-month-old, this is a cause for attention because his internal organs are still developing. Besides, most pharmaceuticals do not develop medicines for babies below 6 months old.

You have no idea how stressful it could be when young kids fall sick. Thanks to God, I was healthy enough to care for them. It gets worse at night. Fever temperature tends to increase at night. I don't know why.

Thanks to God too that I'm not a paranoid parent, unlike my husband. Just because a baby has fever doesn't mean his brain will be fried. Yes, there is still a risk but why only think negatively and of the worst? As parents, we need to be rational and patient at times of crisis. In that way, we won't cause more problems than there already are.

I have more or less made a list of what NOT to do when your kids fall sick. Not in order of importance.
  1. Do NOT be paranoid. Stay calm and rational.
  2. Do NOT assume. We are not trained medical professionals. Read up on the illness and its symptoms and effects.
  3. Do NOT take whatever you read seriously.
  4. Do NOT make amateur diagnosis. Leave the diagnosis to the doctor.
  5. Do NOT overdose on the medicine prescribed. Sometimes, more doesn't mean faster healing.
  6. Do NOT forget to rest, sleep and eat.
  7. Do NOT be stingy on medical care.

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