Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Nats | 2009-06-22

Q.

Influenza A

Good morning. My LG is 20 months old. Since saturday she had a fever between 39-40 degrees. We took her to the gp on saturday and he said it might be viral and to just wait it out as there are no treatment for viral diseases. She got worse and we took het to the Pead yesterday. She examined her and said it might either be Adenovirus or Influenza A. They did a throat swap and some bloods. The swap came back negative and the blood only shows that there is a viral infection. The pead prescribed Tamiflu 2 mls bd. My LG symptoms was fever, slight dry cough, lethargic, lack of appetite, red eyes.
I' m now wondering. How infectious is she?
Does she really have Influenza A. I had a look on the web and it looks like bird flu?
She doesn' t really want to eat or drink. /i' m trying to give as much fluids as possible. Is there anything else I can give
Will the Tamiflu make a difference?
What else can I give her?
When will she start to feel beter?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Tamiflu is the treatment recommended for influenza especially for the Swine flu and also Bird Flu once the diagnosis has been confirmed which is not the case with your little girl.The Tamiflu may not help her. In almost all cases of viral infections in children the child gets better by herself. The usual time it takes is a week to 10 days. Give her plenty of water to drink and keep her nose clear using Salex nose dops twice daily. Give her Panado if she is feverish.

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