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Can I give him carbon 60? – What to do When Your Child Has the Flu

Can I give him carbon 60? – What to do When Your Child Has the Flu

It’s that time of year again, where  your children are coming home with every virus under the sun including the flu.  There are flu breakouts every year and schools are prime areas for the virus to take hold.  Each year it is a different strain of the virus and even after you get vaccinated you can still end up with a different strain.  Kids haven’t built up adequate immunities and there are groups of them all gathered in classrooms with coughs and runny noses.  Do you know what to do when your child has the flu?  Let’s look at how to handle it.

The Symptoms of the Flu

The flu can come with a variety of symptoms including sniffles from a cold, sore throat, fevers, head and body aches, coughing, chills and shakes, loss of appetite and fatigue.  If your boisterous six year old wants to lay on the couch at three in the afternoon then chances are pretty good that they brought home the flu from school.

Adults and kids can manifest different symptoms, for instance newborns may only have a high fever but no other symptoms.  But they need treatment immediately before any other problems come up.  Young children and toddlers can spike high fevers and have sore stomachs along with vomiting and diarrhea.  Here are some more symptoms that kids with the flu can have.

Take the Flu Seriously

Most of the time you can treat your kids flu with over the counter medications but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take the flu seriously and see a pediatrician.  The symptoms can be severe and lead to dehydration and other complications.  Toddlers and other small kids can be particularly vulnerable to complications with the flu.  You can start with a simple cold and it can lead to pneumonia, wheezing, lung infections and the croup.

Should You Call a Doctor

The flu in most cases can be treated at home with some over the counter medications but you need to keep an eye out for any of the following symptoms.  Should your child show any of the following it is time to call your pediatrician or head over to the local emergency room.

  • If your child complains of chest pains then go directly to the emergency room.
  • If your child finds it difficult to breathe or they are coughing so hard they start to choke then take them in.
  • If they aren’t drinking enough fluids and might becoming dehydrated or they are sleeping a lot and don’t feel like playing at all then it might be time to see the doctor.

Your child should get their flu shot every year to help them avoid the flu.  If they still end up with the flu this season then take care and watch out for complications and seek medical attention if they show any of the above symptoms.

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Is Gastric Bypass Surgery Right for You?

Gastric bypass surgery has been around for years to help obese people lose weight quickly and permanently.  The procedure has come a long way and now the operation and recovery time is quicker.  If you are struggling to take off excess weight you have probably wondered is gastric bypass surgery right for you?  Let’s explore what the procedure is and whether you are a candidate.

How it Helps You Lose Weight

The surgery reduces the size of your stomach and small intestine so that you can’t eat the same quantities of food that you used to.  Here are the ways that bypass surgery can help you lose weight.

  1. You eat less. The surgery makes your stomach physically smaller and that limits the amount of food that you can eat.  It doesn’t take much food before you feel full and satisfied, thus you consume less calories.
  2. Absorbing fewer calories. Your small intestine is where you absorb most of the calories but the surgery bypasses a part of your intestine so fewer calories are absorbed and that leads to weight loss.
  3. Balancing your hormones. The hormone ghrelin affects your appetite but the surgery reduces the level of ghrelin and that in turn cuts your appetite.  Smaller appetite means you eat less and that helps to take the weight off.

The Surgery

The procedure has evolved a great deal since surgeons first started performing gastric bypass operations. Today the procedure is done in less than an hour.  Your surgeon will use a laparoscopic stapler to make your stomach smaller while bypassing part of the intestine.  Food goes from your mouth to a small tube like stomach and digestion continues in the remaining intestine.

Recovery Period

Since the surgery is minimally invasive you can usually get back to your normal routine in a week or so.  You can experience some pain in your abdominal area particularly at the incision site.  The surgery is usually an outpatient procedure or “day surgery” but you will have to follow a special diet immediately.  For the first couple of days you may be on a completely liquid diet, then soft food and after a month or so normal food again.

Gastric bypass surgery can help with dramatic weight loss but all other options should be exhausted first.  Speak with your doctor and discuss the pros and cons of the surgery and from that conversation you can make an informed decision as to whether or not gastric bypass surgery is for you.

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