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Swine flu, what treatment is there for children?

Swine flu, what treatment is there for children?

Swine flu is one of the conditions that have scared many parents lately. We are in the busy season again and it is beginning to recover its appearance among us. Although vaccine has been created for certain age groups in children, the risk of infection remains the same. This is why it is important to be informed about everything about her. One of the essential things is its treatment for children! What if your child is infected!

Pregnancies and babies, but older children are some of the biggest concerns of doctors when it comes to swine flu infection and immunization. Although you try to immunize as many of them as possible and offer all the tips and indications to prevent AH1N1 contamination, there is still a high risk that your baby will get swine flu.

What are the therapeutic options for swine flu in children?

Fortunately, there are treatments for swine flu that can be given to children. But there are some special conditions that must be observed in children. In general, doctors avoid administering antiviral drugs to children under 5 years of age.

The World Health Organization has announced that if there are children at high risk (they also suffer from other diseases that could aggravate the flu or give rise to complications) and that they have a severe form of influenza with AH1N1 then the antiviral drugs for influenza should be given to children under 5 years old, even those under 1 year old. But this is recommended only if the condition of the child gradually deteriorates and dangerous symptoms appear such as:

  • great difficulty in breathing;

  • face aging;

  • severe chest pain;

  • blood in saliva;

  • altered mental state;

  • fever rising even after 3 days etc.

Other dangerous signs in children infected with swine flu are:

  • accelerated breathing;

  • lack of reaction to stimuli;

  • difficulty getting up or getting out of bed;

  • inactivity (lack of desire to play).

Tamiflu and children under 1 year

Tamiflu, one of the antiviral medicines used to treat swine flu, is also valid as a syrup and can be given to children. But this is not generally recommended for those younger than 1 year. However, doctors have also advised its administration to children younger than one year if it manifests the disease, but only in special doses:

  • 12 mg twice daily for 5 days in infants younger than 3 months;

  • 20 mg twice daily for 5 days in infants between 3 and 5 months;

  • 25 mg 3 times daily for 5 days in infants between 6 and 11 months.

Controversies over the administration of Tamiflu or Relenza, another antiviral used to treat swine flu, are still fairly debated. It is best to seek the advice of doctors and to consider that the treatment also depends on the physical form in which the child is at the time of the disease. In mild and moderate cases, children do not require medication, but only a lot of rest and strengthening the immune system to cope with the infection. Doctors will make the best decisions regarding the therapeutic form of your baby.

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