Managing the Flu in your Home

Feb 06
2017

We talk a lot about the using TempTraq when your little one comes down with a fever, so you might be wondering...can adults use TempTraq? Maybe you have an elderly parent or are a caretaker by trade. While TempTraq is an incredible tool to have on hand to monitor our kiddos, it can be used on anyone of any age who may need to be monitored - even yourself. Case-in-point: Matt from our Marketing Team monitored his fever with TempTraq just last week! (FYI - TempTraq is currently $4 off at Target.com)


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In our last post we detailed tips to prevent getting sick while taking care of your ailing child: restorative recipes, “Rest is Best”, hydration, and clean surfaces. All of those can be beneficial when you’re taking care of anyone with the flu, or if, despite your best efforts, you contract it yourself.

 

So, you’re sick...

 

Is it a cold, the flu, or something else?

Flu symptoms include fever, chills, muscle aches, cough, congestion, runny nose, headaches, and fatigue. Chances are if you have a fever, you have the flu, but visit your doctor for an expert’s diagnosis.

 

Treating a fever in adults versus children

Caring for an older person with the flu comes with a fresh set of precautions. They’re typically at a higher risk for pneumonia, sinus infections, and other issues that can quickly become serious when your immune system is weakened.

 

Things to note when treating a fever in an adult versus a child: for an adult, a fever may be uncomfortable, but usually isn't a cause for concern unless it reaches 103F or higher. For infants and toddlers, a slightly elevated temperature may indicate a serious infection (Diseases & Conditions: Fevers, Mayo Clinic). Because temperatures in children can vary, their demeanor is an important way to gauge their wellbeing. Are they alert or irritable? Can they maintain eye contact or do they appear listless? Keep these in mind when deciding how and when to medicate, and, as always, when in doubt, call your doctor.

 

Home Remedies

We’ve been there - you might not try this stuff on your kids, but you’re miserable and you will try anything to feel better. Raw garlic? Onions in your socks? We’ve heard it all. The Today Show fact checks some of those old wive’s tales. Some mamas swear that essential oils are immune-boosting powerhouses and others love their homemade elderberry syrup. Whatever works.

 

Break The Cycle

When you live in close quarters or your kids are attached at the hip, it’s easy to keep cycling those germs back and forth. Be militant about clean shared surfaces: handrails, tables, doorknobs.. If they’re old enough, teach your kids to cough and sneeze into the crook of their elbows and NOT into their hands. No sharing meals. 20 second hand-washing sessions for everyone! Last but not least, quarantine if you must. Netflix for you. Paw Patrol on in one room, Frozen on in another, and everyone’s happy.

 

If all else fails, remember that warmer weather is just around the corner! We’ll get through this cold and flu season together.


Don’t forget to enter our Sick Day Giveaway here - if you win, share the Owlet baby monitor with a new parent, and use the TempTraq patches for yourself!

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