Swine Flu: Take 2

swine flue newsI had to come back to this topic.

Why?

News about it is everywhere. Like I've said before, I like being a little naive and living in my bubble of children's silly songs and baby babble, but even without all the media hype, I gotta admit, I'm hearing about this daily.

Last week, it was the panicked email from an expecting colleague, questioning her safety in being around children in a school setting.

Then the news came that my daughter's caregiver has it.

What?!

Really?!

OK, I'm trying not to panic here. After all, “the greatest thing we have to fear is fear itself,” right? At least that's what I'm telling myself.

As a follow-up to the recent post, I thought it would be wise to tackle this question: How would swine flu (H1N1) affect my child's development? What will happen if my child gets H1N1?

 

In considering pulling out the face masks for protection (Halloween has passed), I have also learned that simple hand washing is a more effective means of protection.

And for those new mamas who are wondering if they can still breastfeed if they contract H1N1, of course the first answer is to always talk with their doctor, but the short answer is that the influenza virus is NOT transmitted by breastmilk.

Again, everything will be swine — oh yes, really, I do mean fine.

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Swine Flu: Take 2

Jeannie Fleming-Gifford is a mama to one little lady, freelance writer, and the director of education for a non-profit community school of the arts. Graduating with a B.A. in Music and a M.A. in Child Development, Jeannie began her career in quality child development programs as a teacher, then moved into creative administrative roles with science centers, symphony orchestras and arts programs. Owner of 170+ year old house, Jeannie loves living in small town America where walks to the park and ... More

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