Breastfeeding is the best for babies and a healthy diet / maternal nutrition is important when breastfeeding. A decision not to breastfeed can be difficult to reverse. Infant formula is suitable from birth when babies are not breastfed. It is recommended that all formula milks be used on the advice of a doctor, midwife, health visitor, public health nurse, dietitian, pharmacist, or other professional responsible for maternal and child care and the financial implications should be considered. All preparation and feeding instructions should be followed carefully as inappropriate preparation could lead to health hazards.


Is flu vaccine a must for a kid? I am still considering should i bring my son for it.



Arora Valley answered:

"Influenza vaccination, or flu vaccination is most beneficial for those who have high chance of developing complications (Some children can develop very high fever or severe complications such as pneumonia, although most of them recover in two to seven days after the onset of symptoms). These include young children who are aged between 6 months to 5 years). Not everyone is suitable for flu vaccination, hence unless advised otherwise by your doctor, it is recommended that you should go for flu vaccination for your child. The flu vaccination takes effect in about 2 weeks, thus it’s better to get vaccinated early before flu season starts. In Singapore, the flu season generally occurs between December and February and from May to July. Flu vaccines are offered in many locations, including hospitals, polyclinics, and GP clinics. A yearly vaccination is recommended as flu viruses are constantly changing, and your child's body’s immunity to influenza viruses may decline over time. However, we should always teach our kids to practice healthy habits, good personal hygiene and be socially responsible by to prevent flu; washing hands thoroughly and regularly with soap and water, especially before touching eyes, nose or mouth and after going to the toilet, covering mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing and wearing a surgical mask if unwell."


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Applejack answered:

"Not compulsory, but i know from 6 mths onwards, they can take the flu shot already. Best is to consult your doc."



Fonnie Lo answered:

"Influenza A vaccines are optional vaccines. It protects against the current active strains of Influenza A and B virus, but cannot protect against common flu viruses. This current vaccine includes the H1N1 strain, which raise pandemic concerns just a few years ago. As viruses mutate constantly, the influenza vaccine may need to be repeated every 1-2 years, to keep up with the latest strain. The advice is kept general and not a substitute for a consultation. Kindly consult your doctor or pediatrician as a detailed history and examination is important to come to a diagnosis and treatment plan."


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