Influenza type A treating it right

So, Two months have passed since this deadly influenza type A virus caught my 2-year-old.

She had a burning fever for the whole night, the next morning was a complete chaos.

We could not get an early morning appointment. We waited while my girl was sick and fever was not going down from 39* F. Finally, an appointment was fixed for 12 noon.

She could not eat anything. She refused even liquid. We had no clue what was in the store for us.

At the clinic, we waited for our turn. The doctor examined and suggested a blood test and a swab test.

It turned out to be something we never anticipated.

The next day, the doctor gave us a call and asked us to come as quickly as possible.

Husband was working and he rushed home. We were trying to reach the clinic but apparently, everyone was on the roads that day. Our sick kid was with us, we felt panicked.

As it is, there was excessive traffic on the roads. The doctor was done with her last appointment and we were constantly getting calls from the clinic to come soon.

At last, we made it to the clinic.

The doctor said Influenza is diagnosed and my heart sank.

The doctor suggested a medication different than the previous one and only this new one would work in the case of influenza fever.

Tamiflu

And our bad luck. This medicine for younger kids was not available in the entire city.

Already in a state of utter confusion, the Doctor finally found out a baby version wherein we had to break the capsule in a specific amount of water, and only specified quantity was to be given twice daily for the next 5 days.

Well. Diet. She could not eat ANYTHING, High fever accompanied by a cough and cold, and worse was yet to come. We saw blood in her cough.

Again a blood test was done and we were referred to the ENT specialist. Her hemoglobin was low!

Pediatric had to go abroad for doctors meet and she was out of reach. Thankfully, another pediatric called us and informed that bleeding was a “Side Effect” and it will go. Thank goodness we got some relief.

Her fever was coming down gradually while consuming only juices and breastmilk. She looked so terribly weak and anti-social.

I prayed she got better soon. Tamiflu worked its magic. She started feeling better in 3 days. The influenza was treated, well almost.

Last few days of the treatment, she had little cough and congested nose. This was also eventually fading away.

We are kind of parents who would never miss a vaccination, but this one was nowhere in the vaccination booklet, neither any doctor referred to us before. So, one missed vaccination lead to the life threatening flu.

Once the doctor said it is not the normal flu, this is very dangerous and since we have diagnosed it on time, we will treat her.

My daughter is herself again. Witty, cheerful and fun. But, these entire 15 days have taught us a lesson.

Never miss a vaccination.

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  • DiaryOfAnInsaneWriter

    2019-09-29 at 9:11 pm
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    Brilliant post! Vaccination is so important for little kids and adults too. Keep writing such informative posts. #MyFriendAlexa #DiaryOfAnInsaneWriter

  • Bushra

    2019-09-30 at 5:05 pm
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    Informative post, vaccination is very important. That’s an intriguing read, Loved the post and your unique writing style.

  • Disha

    2019-09-30 at 6:07 pm
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    That must have been horrible time for you as a parent. Glad to know that all is well now. And, thanks for spreading awareness on […] Read MoreThat must have been horrible time for you as a parent. Glad to know that all is well now. And, thanks for spreading awareness on vaccination. Read Less

  • Sweetannu

    2019-10-02 at 5:43 am
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    Your post was quite an eye opener. Never to miss a vaccination indeed.

  • My Words My Wisdom

    2019-10-02 at 2:10 pm
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    Thanks for details on flu, my daughter had it last week only… High fever even sponging took an hour to get temperature down

  • Neha Sharma

    2019-10-03 at 5:44 pm
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    Oh my God, I was literally shaking while reading your post. Thank God you found the medicine. Influenza is deadly if not treated on time, […] Read MoreOh my God, I was literally shaking while reading your post. Thank God you found the medicine. Influenza is deadly if not treated on time, thanks for mentioning about the influenza vaccine. Read Less

  • neha

    2019-10-04 at 11:16 am
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    this was really a heart breaking such a small kid going through so much … the alarm was on the right time a very useful […] Read Morethis was really a heart breaking such a small kid going through so much … the alarm was on the right time a very useful post for all we parents … tysm for making a point to share with us. Read Less

  • bytetrails

    2019-10-04 at 6:38 pm
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    gLAD TO KNOW your kid is well now. Your experience highlights the importance of getting children vaccinated on time.

  • Shilpa Garg

    2019-10-05 at 9:50 am
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    Glad that Tamiflu worked for your kid and she recovered soon. True, vaccinations are a must for kids and must not a single one should […] Read MoreGlad that Tamiflu worked for your kid and she recovered soon. True, vaccinations are a must for kids and must not a single one should be missed. In fact, there are a lot of new vaccinations for adults now which should be checked out too. Read Less

  • Noor Anand Chawla

    2019-10-05 at 10:16 am
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    This is a must-read post. We often skip on necessary measures since we don’t have the correct information at hand.

  • MeenalSonal

    2019-10-05 at 8:48 pm
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    Yes missing vaccination can lead to many problems, it happened to my daughter too two years back.

  • jhilmildsaha

    2019-10-05 at 10:52 pm
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    That was such a horrid situation you had gone through as a parent. I am glad your little one is safe and sound now. Its […] Read MoreThat was such a horrid situation you had gone through as a parent. I am glad your little one is safe and sound now. Its really important for us to get all vaccinations completed at the right time. Read Less

  • PrettyMummaSays

    2019-10-05 at 11:08 pm
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    Oh my god! That’s really scary. This reminded me of the time when my daughter had febrile convulsions. Toughest time of my entire parent life.

  • Haajra Fareen

    2019-10-05 at 11:21 pm
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    You penned down such an informative post. I got to learn so much about influenza and vaccines are life changing. Thank you for sharing this […] Read MoreYou penned down such an informative post. I got to learn so much about influenza and vaccines are life changing. Thank you for sharing this article with us. Read Less

  • Varsh

    2019-10-06 at 1:08 am
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    We can never take vaccination lightly and parents must keep that in mind. Influenza is tough and I’m glad your daughter is now fine.

  • forbabynmommy

    2019-10-06 at 4:38 am
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    Thanks for sharing the details, it is really important for parents to understand the importance of vaccination for their kids

  • Aishwarya Sandeep

    2019-10-06 at 6:47 am
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    Its such a relief that your baby is healthy now. But so true about vaccinations. I know so many women who refuse to give vaccinations […] Read MoreIts such a relief that your baby is healthy now. But so true about vaccinations. I know so many women who refuse to give vaccinations to their children saying they never had it so their children will never fall sick. Read Less

  • Amrit kaur

    2019-10-06 at 9:18 am
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    Vaccinations are important for kids to prevent future sickness. Great informative post on influenza

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