October 5, 2009

It's Flu time MAMMA'S!

Calling all Mammas. Get your babies ready for that time of the year again. Flu season is here. My son just got his flu shot today. Thank goodness! As we were waiting in the doctor's office they had tons of calls for people with the flu. I have listed a few symptoms from the simple cough even down to acid reflux. Hope this helps.

Cough, congestion, runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, watery eyes, decreased appetite. Possibly a low fever (less than 102 degrees F)

A deep cough that sounds like a bark; noisy, labored breathing; high-pitched noise on inhaling; cold symptoms. Frequently accompanied by a low fever.

Mild cold symptoms like a runny or stuffy nose, maybe a slight fever. May develop a harsh, nonproductive cough; fast or labored breathing; wheezing; bluish skin. You may notice the muscles between your baby's ribs moving inward when he breathes

Severe cold symptoms, dry cough, stuffy or runny nose, fatigue. Possibly fever over 103 degrees F, shortness of breath, wheezing, malaise, loss of appetite, vomiting. Onset is usually abrupt. Most common in winter.

Depending on the culprit, symptoms may include red, itchy, or watery eyes; stuffy or runny nose; sneezing. Also wheezing, difficulty breathing, hives, rashes, stomach cramps, diarrhea, vomiting

Environmental irritant
Persistent cough and throat irritation, especially if exposed to cigarette smoke or pollution

Wheezing, difficulty breathing, chest congestion. Coughing is worse at night. May also have allergies or a family history of asthma or allergies

Frequent spitting up, vomiting more than twice a day, wheezing, coughing, gagging, excessive crying, weight loss.

Symptoms will depend on the source of the infection but may include a cold that seems to be getting worse; persistent cough; fast, labored breathing. Also fever, chills, loss of appetite, fatigue

Whooping cough
Short, staccato cough; 30-second coughing jags followed by a struggle for breath; whooping sound while inhaling between coughs (although babies often don't make this characteristic sound). Also runny or stuffy nose; mild fever; red, watery eyes; loss of appetite; diarrhea; choking