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Preventing Respiratory Infections

In this article, RSVP Home Care – conveniently located in Covington, Kentucky (KY) – is here to help you learn ways you can prevent respiratory infections in your medically complex child. We proudly offer medical supplies and services to the surrounding areas, including NorthernKentucky and Cincinnati, OH.

Protections against respiratory infections will help your child avoid complications. There are numerous strategies that will ensure your child remains healthy. At RSVP Home Care, we can help with preventing respiratory infections with medically complex children.

For medically complex children it is especially critical that they are vaccinated, as they are at a much higher risk of death or complications as the result of the flu. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that each child above the age of six months should receive a flu shot. In order for the vaccine to be effective, it should be administered about a month before flu season begins in your region.

Timing is extremely important. Vaccinations that are given too soon have the chance of losing their immunity properties before cases of the flu hit your area. On the other hand waiting too long can also be harmful, as it may not give your child enough time to build up immunity against the Flu.

The flu shot continues to be the best way to protect your child from the flu and the complications associated with it. It is important that your child receive the inactive form of the vaccine rather than the nasal mist, so make sure your child is given the shot. This also applies to everyone who interacts with your child. Members of your household, nurses, and therapists all need to receive the flu shot too. Most flu deaths are actually caused by a secondary illness. The flu comprises the immune system which allows the child to catch a dangerous respiratory infection. Some common deadly infections can be avoided through vaccination. Your child needs to get properly vaccinated against more than just the flu.

There are several other methods that can help minimize the chances of respiratory infections affecting your medically complex child. It is best to avoid public areas with large crowds, like the mall. During cold and flu season, make sure to limit your child’s interaction with the outside world. While isolating them can cause them to miss out on social events, it is a necessary precaution to keep them healthy.

When you child has to visit the doctors, it is important that they wear a mask. This helps to minimize their exposure to harmful germs.Before an appointment, ask if your child can bypass the waiting area. This allows them not to be around others who are sick. These tips also apply to visits to the hospital. The ER should be avoided entirely unless it is absolutely necessary. Hospitalization for your medically complex child can lead to additional illnesses that may be life-threatening.

For your home, make sure to place hand sanitizer near all entrances. Anyone who comes into your residence should use it. Shoes should also be removed once coming into your residence. This ensures that outside contaminants are not tracked throughout your house. If any members of your household should contract the Flu, all family members should be treated with antiviral medication.

For more information, contact the respiratory specialists at RSVP Home Care.We provide pediatric medical services, supplies, and equipment for your home. Our staff is available around the clock to ensure you child receives assistance whenever necessary. We are located in Covington, KY to provide our medical services and devices to Northern Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, and the greaterCincinnati, OH area. Call us today.

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If you need assistance after hours with emergent equipment needs, please call our business number and the Respiratory Therapist on call will be contacted. PLEASE REMEMBER, IF YOU HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY-DIAL 911.

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