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My toddler has been exposed to a contagious illness. What steps can I take to prevent him or her from getting sick?

Hello everyone,

I am a worried parent of a 2-year-old toddler. Recently, we found out that someone in our close circle has been diagnosed with a contagious illness. We are very concerned about the possibility of our child getting sick, and we want to take all the necessary steps to prevent that from happening.

What are some effective measures we can take to reduce the risk of our toddler getting sick? Is there anything specific we should do to strengthen his or her immune system during this period? Any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

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baumbach.anabel

Hello,

I completely understand your worries about your toddler being exposed to a contagious illness, as I have been in a similar situation myself. A few years back, my son was exposed to hand-foot-and-mouth disease (HMFD) during an outbreak in his school. Here's what we did to prevent him from getting sick:

1. Good hygiene: We made sure to wash our hands frequently, especially after handling anything that could be contaminated with the virus.

2. Personal items: We did not share utensils, towels or any personal care items with the infected child.

3. Avoiding crowded places: We avoided going to crowded places like schools, malls or supermarkets to limit exposure to the virus.

4. Isolating sick family members: If a family member had symptoms of the illness, we immediately isolated them to prevent further spread of the virus.

5. Boosting immune system: We encouraged our son to eat healthily and exercise to boost his immune system to fight off the virus.

Remember, being proactive is the key to preventing illness, especially when exposed to contagious illnesses. I hope this helps you protect your toddler from getting sick.

jamey33

Hi,

I am sorry to hear about your situation regarding your child's exposure to a contagious illness. Last year, my son was also exposed to the flu during the flu season. Here are the steps we took to minimize his risk of getting sick:

1. Maintaining distance: We tried to avoid close contact with anyone who was showing symptoms of flu or cold, and kept our son away from people who might be more susceptible to picking up the virus.

2. Personal hygiene: We encouraged him to wash his hands regularly, and we insisted on him using hand sanitizer frequently. We also made sure that he didn't share food, drinks or anything else that could potentially spread germs with other people.

3. Sanitizing all surfaces and items: We made sure to disinfect and sanitize all surfaces at home on a regular basis, as well as his toys, backpack, and other items that he brings back from school.

4. Plenty of sleep and rest: We encouraged him to get plenty of sleep and rest, and made sure his diet was healthy and nutritious to boost his immune system.

5. Vaccination: We also made sure that he was up-to-date with his vaccinations, including the flu shot.

It's important to be vigilant and take precautions, even if it might seem like too much effort. Doing so can go a long way in keeping your child healthy and safe.

balistreri.isaias

Hello,

I can relate to your concerns, as I've had a similar experience in the past with my nephew who was exposed to flu during the flu season. I found the following steps helpful in preventing him from getting sick:

1. Social distancing: We advised him to avoid close contact with the infected person and other people who were sick.

2. Boosting immunity: We encouraged him to drink lots of fluids and have a healthy balanced diet to increase his immunity during that period.

3. Personal hygiene: Ensured he washed his hands frequently and we also made sure we continuously disinfected commonly touched surfaces such as doorknobs, toys, and utensils to prevent the spread of germs.

4. Medication: We consulted with our pediatrician who prescribed some antiviral medication for him. This helped limit the severity of the symptoms if he contracted the illness.

In summary, it is essential always to be proactive when it comes to the health of our children. Staying informed and taking the necessary precautions can go a long way in preventing the spread of illness, especially if someone has been exposed.

jaycee99

Hi there,

I completely understand your concern as I've been in the same situation in the past. My daughter was exposed to chickenpox when she was around 3 years old, and we took a few steps to protect her from getting sick:

1. Limit exposure: We made sure to limit our interactions with the person who was infected with chickenpox. We also advised our daughter not to touch anything that the infected person had touched.

2. Hand hygiene: We made it a point to wash our hands frequently, especially before and after meals, and whenever we touched anything that could be contaminated.

3. Boosting immunity: We gave our daughter a balanced diet that included lots of fruits and vegetables. We also made sure she had enough rest and encouraged her to get some exercise to boost her immune system.

4. Vaccination: If your child is not vaccinated against the illness in question, consult with your pediatrician to see if it's recommended.

Remember, prevention is better than cure. Don't hesitate to take these precautions even if it seems like the illness is not severe. It's always better to be safe than sorry.

I hope this helps.

prince77

Hello,

I understand your concern about your toddler being exposed to a contagious disease. Last year, my niece was exposed to a measles outbreak while we were on vacation, and she was not vaccinated. We had to take some precautions to prevent her from getting sick. Here's what we did:

1. Avoid contact: Once we found out about the outbreak, we avoided going to public places where we thought there could be a higher risk of contracting the disease. This included shopping malls, water parks, and other crowded places.

2. Improve immunity: We increased the intake of vitamins, such as Vitamin C and Zinc, in her diet. We also made sure she got enough rest and exercised to improve her immunity.

3. Monitor symptoms: We monitored her symptoms every day, such as fever or rashes, to see if she had contracted the disease.

4. Consult with a Pediatrician: We called a pediatrician in the area where we were staying, to know if we should get the vaccine at that time, or if there were any precautions we should take.

It's essential to take necessary precautions and stay informed when dealing with contagious diseases, especially with children. I hope these tips will help you protect your toddler from getting sick.

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