My 6-year-old came downstairs Sunday around 5 a.m. barking, wheezing and crying. Initially I just thought she was having an asthma attack because we had hiked the day before and everything is starting to bloom here. But then I felt her and she clearly had a fever.
I treated her asthma with multiple inhalers, gave her ibuprofen and put her in my bed. Two days of bed rest later, she actually looked worse. (Although her bark was gone and her lungs sounded clear). So we went to the doctor. I assumed she was going to tell us a sinus infection. The doctor walked in and immediately said she has the flu.
Lilina had her flu shot and that’s why it wasn’t worse according to the doctor. She said it would have been much worse without the shot attenuating it. The doctor prescribed Tamiflu for her and then turned to me.
My pediatrician knows that my husband is in Russia for the Olympics, and I am alone taking care of three kids. (All my family lives 2,000 miles away!) She said you’re going to get it next, and you can’t get it so I want you to start on Tamiflu too.
Tamiflu is recommended for caregivers who are exposed to the virus. Instead of two doses for five days, you take one dose for 10 days. So far so good. I haven’t come down with it yet, and Lilina feels much better . (Although the pediatrician said she needed to stay home for the rest of the week.)
I asked my pediatrician if I would be hurting myself later by taking the Tamiflu preventatively. She said no as long as I finished the prescription.
She said she would call Tamiflu in for the big kids if they showed signs of the flu. So far we are clear but they also haven’t been near the 6-year-old at all since she got the fever.
I appreciate so much that my pediatrician is worried about my whole family, and I appreciate her being smart enough to head off disaster at my house.I can’t imagine being here alone with three kids and having the flu.
Do you think parents should be given Tamiflu preventatively when they know they have been caring for an active flu case? Would your pediatrician do this for you? Would you take the Tamiflu preventatively?