What if I get the flu with a newborn?

Can I be around my baby if I have the flu?

Keep yourself and the child in your care away from people who are sick as much as you can. If you get flu symptoms, avoid contact with other people when possible, including the child in your care. Consider arranging for another caregiver to care for the child if possible, so that you don’t make them sick.

What do I do if I have the flu and a newborn?

If your baby has any of these signs and symptoms of the flu, call his health care provider right away or take him to see his provider:

  1. Being very tired or sleepy (also called fatigue)
  2. Cough.
  3. Fever (100 F or above), chills or body shakes. …
  4. Headache, or muscle or body aches.
  5. Runny or stuffy nose.
  6. Sore throat.

How can I protect my baby from the flu?

7 Ways to Protect Your Baby From Cold and Flu

  1. Insist Visitors Wash Their Hands. Jamie Grill / Blend Images / Getty Images. …
  2. Use Hand Sanitizer. …
  3. Ensure All Caregivers Are Vaccinated. …
  4. Stay Away From Sick People. …
  5. Breastfeed If Possible. …
  6. Avoid Public Places for Awhile. …
  7. Know When to Call the Pediatrician.
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Should I stay away from my baby if I’m sick?

Stating the obvious first: Call your doctor

While it’s never ideal to expose a new baby to the kind of germs you carry when you’re sick, there’s a big difference between exposing them to a minor case of the sniffles and exposing them to a stomach virus that could leave them severely dehydrated.

Can I hold my baby if I have a fever?

For example, anyone with a fever, cold, cough, sore throat, vomiting or diarrhea probably should not visit. Remember, even a person who had infectious symptoms a few days before may still be contagious. Visitors should always wash their hands before holding the baby.

Can a virus be passed through breast milk?

The actual risk for transmission of an infectious agent to an infant via a single ingestion of expressed breast milk (the most common occurrence) from another mother is exceedingly low. In this scenario, the CDC recommends treating this as an accidental exposure to a body fluid, which could be infectious.

What can a breastfeeding mom take for flu?

The preferred antiviral medication for breastfeeding mothers is oseltamivir, which can treat influenza A and B. The CDC states that adverse effects are unlikely with this medication as very little of it passes through breast milk.