Caring for Someone With the Flu

Do you know how to care for someone who gets hit with the flu bug this season?

Caring for someone who has the flu can be a challenge. You want to avoid getting sick while making sure the person you are caring for is as comfortable as possible. There are a few ways to make caring for someone with the flu safer and more effective.

Tips for Caring for a Flu Patient

  • Make sure the ill person takes all medication.
  • Keep the ill person apart from others in the home to avoid spreading the flu.
  • All members of the household including the caregiver and ill person should wash their hands frequently.
  • Keep watch for symptoms that require immediate medical help: difficulty breathing, discolored lips, dizziness, confusion, chest pain, vomiting, or seizures.
  • Remind the ill person to cover their coughs; hold sick children below face level to avoid coughing on the caregiver.
  • Ventilate the home by opening windows.
  • Dispose properly of all tissues and other items used by the ill person.
  • Clean and disinfect all linens and surfaces used by the ill person.
  • Ensure the ill person gets plenty of undisturbed rest.
  • Provide plenty of hydration in the form of water, sports drinks, and juice.
  • A cool damp cloth can help with a fever; keep a warm blanket around for chills.
  • Provide a humidifier to make breathing easier.
  • Gargling with salt water reduces throat pain.
  • Flu patients should remain at home for at least 24 hours after fever or fever treatment has ended.
  • Use gloves and a facemask to protect yourself from germs if desired.
  • If a pregnant person becomes ill with the flu, see a doctor for specific treatment and care.

Remember that you can prevent the flu by getting a flu shot and washing and sanitizing your hands frequently. Regional Medical Center’s online Cold and Flu center can help you determine which illness you or a loved one is suffering from. Visit our online library to learn more about fighting the flu. Don’t let the flu get you down this year. To learn more about our services here at Regional Medical Center, visit us online or give us a call at 727-819-2929.

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