Upon review of the prior article, my colleagues and friends smiled and said: What about avoiding dairy when you’re sick? And, can you get the flu from the flu vaccine? Let me pick up where I left off!
Milk it for all its’ worth
A dry, thick sensation of the mouth and nose is a frequent complaint associated with the common cold. Mucus production goes on a rampage causing congestion, coughing and sore throat. The mouth cavity becomes dry. Eating and drinking as normal decreases. During this illness an errant glass of milk may find its way into the body and YUK! In fact, the resulting saliva thickening is the result of poor hydration. Encourage your child to drink lots of liquids during this illness. You can measure success if she is going to the bathroom frequently or wetting diapers. If your ill child refuses fluids or is not going to the bathroom, dehydration may be an issue. In that case, please check with your pediatric nurse practitioner or pediatrician.
Rhinovirus vs Influenza
Throw those words around at your next office visit and you will certainly surprise a few folks! Before you do, let me define and explain the difference. Rhinovirus is the fancy term for the common cold. As you well know, especially if you have more than one child, calling it the ‘common cold’ is an understatement. Perhaps Never Ending Sick is more accurate. The cold virus differs from the influenza virus on many levels. The degree of illness being the most concerning difference. High fever, body aches and harsh cough are at the top of the symptom list for the flu. Historically, the flu can cause the death especially among highrisk groups of the young and the elderly. The flu has a seasonal presence, and the cold is year round. Scientists work diligently and not always successfully to determine which version of the flu will infect the nation. The vaccine they develop, to hopefully protect us the next year, is created from the current year’s strain.
What is important to know about this process is: the vaccine they develop for our protection is not typically a live virus injectable vaccine. The shot we get has an inactive or dead element that tricks our body into believing we have the flu virus. This calls our fighter cells to action to protect us from an all out attack.
Sometimes we have a reaction to this process: sore injection site, swelling or redness. If a more severe reaction occurs within a very short amount of time it is more likely because the body has been exposed to an illness before we got the injected vaccine. The illness is coincidental to having the flu vaccine. Of course there are exceptions to all rules and circumstances. The flu mist (nose spray) is developed in a different fashion and has specific rules for use and side effects. Some people can react to the components of any vaccine. Always pay attention to the possible side effects discussed prior to getting the vaccine. You must carefully weigh your personal concerns about the vaccine against the consequences of having the illness. Talk to your pediatric nurse practitioner or pediatrician about your concerns. She can help you understand the pros and cons and decide what is best for you and your child.
Parenting a child is not an easy job! Keeping up with current information is a challenge for us all. Love your children; they are yours for such a short amount of time. And thank you for sharing them with us!