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swine flu

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teatank Sun 02-Aug-09 18:34:37

i have a 14 month old boy who has been diagnosed with swine flu via the phone. am i being unreasonable to not want to give him the tamiflu hes been prescribed unless he is actually seen by a doctor. he doesnt seem that ill. hes still eating and playing and his temp is getting controlled by calpol. am just not convinced it swine flu but the call centre seem to think it is. any advice please

stuffitlllama Sun 02-Aug-09 18:45:36

Hope he gets weel soon.

I don't think anyone here will say give or don't give.

I believe Tamiflu works by stopping the virus replicating, so it shortens the illness. So thinking that one might wait and see how it goes, doesn't quite work because (I read on here) you have to give it quite early, in the first two days. Perhaps someone will be along to correct me.

For me, I just wouldn't like to sway anyone on a decision like that.

yummymummy310 Sun 02-Aug-09 21:25:31

its a choice you have to make I'm afraid as is so hard to tell if it is SF and if it is SF how he will be affected. With SF it may start mild but if your child is one of the unlucky ones they can deteriorate fast and then the tamiflu has less of a chance of owrking the longer you leave it. Am sure many of the people diagnosed don't have the SF though so the tamiflu is very over prescribed.

Personally (and I'm not giving advice)if we hadn't already had SF and my children were swabbed and I was told they had swine flu I would give them the tamiflu as I've seen how horrid SF can be and struggled fighting it off myself. The symptoms of the tamiflu are quite mild in most cases where as SF if it gets a hold of you can cause you serious health problems at it's worst. The issue is if you don't have SF you don't need it and it's hard to tell in the early stages whether it's SF or not and in many cases it won't be.

My girls had SF and tamiflu, my youngest I think could've fought it off herself maybe but my eldest had bad breathing problems and ended up in A&E so was really glad had rather reluctantly given it to her earlier that day, given her sudden decline.

The tamiflu is supposed to stop more serious conditions such as pneumonia developing and prevent other people in the house hold from being as likely to get the SF as the virus doesn't reporduce as much.

I swing between feeling so glad I got tamiflu for the girls and they fought of the SF so quickly, in particular my eldest who could hardly breathe and bounced back quickly, to panicing about if it will have any side effects.

I took tamiflu but think I was late taking it and I did have much more trouble shaking of the flu and did get a secondary infection and still have a lot of rib pain nearly 2 weeks on.

I've read people on here saying that they had 2 children 1 had tamiflu, 1 didn't and they both recovered the same though.

I'd read up on it yourself and make the decision you feel is right nobody can make that for you, it's such a shame they don't swab anymore would make our decision so much easier wouldn't it.

Hope he's better soon what ever it is x

teatank Mon 03-Aug-09 10:24:41

Thanks yummymummy for your advice. i chose not to give tamiflu in the end and jack has made a full recovery. my worry was if i gave him tamiflu and he never had swine flu the tamiflu is not as effective 2nd time round if he genuinly got it in future. also i believe the product is not that old so noboby knows the long term side effects yet. i am so glad i went with my instincts. thankyou so much for your good advice

yummymummy310 Mon 03-Aug-09 10:44:41

that's good news, sounds like wasn't SF if he ok already. Tamiflu isn't that new, mixed reports on it so hard to tell how much it helps, think side effects been blown up out of proportion bit like the whole SF thing! Plus as half the nation is taking it bound to be more reports of side effects than if a small number were taking it. My girls had it so trying not to worry x

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