A(H1N1) – Parent’s question & answer with doctor
Posted on August 15th, 2009 by Lilian • Filed under: Life and rants
This video is meant for parents with young children. I am sure they are interested to know some things related to A(H1N1) and how we parents can take precautionary measures to avoid our children from being exposed to the H1N1 virus.
Dr. HK Cheang is my five sons’ doctor since 2001. He is the consultant paediatrician and neonatologist from Lam Wah Ee Hospital. So, what I interviewed him are things that I am concerned with. If you want to find more information, please see your own doctor. As with the usual disclaimer, this video is just for information purpose and not to be substituted as professional advice. Bleh…so much disclaimers.
What I learned in a gist :
1) Influenza A is not to be confused with H1N1. H1N1 is the nasty and serious case.
2) Doctors can test Influenza A in their clinics/hospitals using the Rapid Test Kit.
3) However, the real cases of H1N1 can only be tested in Government lab and it takes a long time to find out.
4) Doctors will give the Tamilflu Tamiflu (LOL, I just learned the right spelling) which is the treatment of H1N1 when they find the individual has symptoms of H1N1 even when it is not a confirmed H1N1 yet.
Mothers with small babies who cannot tell you their discomforts must look for symptoms like :
1) Signs of irritablities where baby seems unhappy and uncomfortable
2) Baby whingey, i.e. they whine and cry more than normal
3) Baby has no appetite and greatly reduce their normal milk intake
4) Baby look tired, unresponsive and just ‘don’t appear normal’
To keep your children healthy and therefore, have stronger immune system:
1) Enough rest, sleep
2) Plenty of fresh air and exercise
3) Eat healthy foods like more fruits, vegetables and plenty of drinks
4) Avoid going to crowded places
5) Stay away from sick people
Is mask and washing hands effective?
1) It is effective to stop the spread but the mask must be disposed off properly
2) It is to prevent us from getting exposed to the virus
3) The H1N1 virus spreads through droplets (when someone cough or sneeze) so stay away from crowded places
4) Washing of hands with the proper cleaning agent is important after exposure, toilet and etc
Who are most at risk of getting infected?
1) Small children below 5 years old are prone because because their immune system is weaker
2) Aged persons
3) Those with other illnesses like diabetes, hypertension, obesity
4) Pregnant women
If you find the video informative, please share with your friends with small children.