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How to Make an Emergency Flu Kit

How to Make an Emergency Flu Kit


How to Make an Emergency Flu Kit. Don’t wait until your temperature is 102 to
realize that you’re out of ibuprofen or it’s expired. Stash away these essentials now, in an emergency
flu kit. You will need Thermometer Ibuprofen or acetaminophen
Decongestant Antihistamine Cough suppressant Tissues Hand sanitizer Face mask Liquids and
dvds. Seek emergency medical attention for a child
with a fever over 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit for more than 24 hours and is unresponsive
or sluggish. Adults should seek emergency care if they
have difficulty breathing, persistent vomiting, or sudden dizziness or confusion. Step 1. Put a thermometer into your emergency flu
kit. One sign that you have the flu is a high fever. Step 2. Sock away some ibuprofen or acetaminophen
to lower your temperature and relieve muscle aches. Aspirin is not the first choice for fever
reduction: it may be toxic in large doses in adults and may cause Reye’s syndrome
— a rare but serious condition — in children and teenagers. Step 3. Tuck a decongestant into your emergency flu
kit to treat nasal blockage. Do not give cold and flu medicine to children
under age 4. Consult a doctor. Step 4. Include a cough suppressant to take at night
if needed. Avoid taking it during the day, when it’s
better to expel any phlegm. Be careful when mixing over-the-counter medications;
several may have an ingredient in common, which can lead to an inadvertent overdose. Step 5. Stock up on tissues and hand sanitizer. Consider keeping a face mask in your emergency
flu kit to help prevent spreading the flu to housemates with weakened immune systems
— the very young, the very old, and anyone with a chronic illness. Step 6. Store sports drinks to avoid dehydration. If you prefer bottled water to tap, have extra
set aside. And put away some packaged soups and herbal
tea; hot liquids can be soothing and you probably won’t feel like cooking. Finally, stash some comedy DVDs — because
laughter really can be the best medicine. Did you know There’s no such thing as the
“stomach flu.” Gastrointestinal distress is usually caused
by eating or drinking something contaminated.

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