Tips To Keeping Your Child Healthy This Flu Season
By Southwest Children's Clinic
December 05, 2022
Tags: Flu   Flu Season  

How your pediatrician in West Jordan, UT, can help your sick child

Your child is surrounded by germs. Household and school surfaces, ill children, and other factors can combine to make your child ill. Fortunately, there are some simple tips to help your child stay healthy. Your pediatrician can help. The pediatricians at Southwest Children’s Clinic in West Jordan, UT, provide comprehensive medical care for children, including sick child visits, to help when your child is ill.

One of the easiest things you can do to prevent your child from getting the flu is to have your child receive the flu vaccine. Your child is eligible to receive the flu vaccine if your child is at least 6 months old, according to the Centers for Disease Control or CDC. Flu vaccines are safe and effective and have been approved by the FDA and CDC.

These are a few additional tips to keep your child healthy during flu season. You need to have your child:

  • Cover their mouth with a tissue when they cough
  • Throw away germ-laden tissues, and don’t keep them in the pocket of their clothes
  • Wash their hands frequently, using soap and water or an alcohol-based sanitizer
  • Avoid touching their mouth, nose, or eyes to limit the spread of germs

You should also remember to regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces to get rid of germs.

If your child or another member of your household becomes ill from the flu, try to limit exposure to others to prevent the spread of the virus.

About 20,000 children under age 5 are hospitalized each year from the flu. Children with diabetes or asthma are at increased risk of having serious complications from the flu.

You can do a lot to help your child stay healthy during flu season. To find out more about prevention, signs, symptoms, and treatment of flu and other acute illnesses, talk with the experts. Call the pediatricians at Southwest Children’s Clinic in West Jordan, UT. You can reach them in the office by calling (801) 563-1975, so call today.