Swine Flu Kills Toddler -- First Victim in U.S.

Cynthia Dermody
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swine flu first victim is a toddlerIn the first official death reported in the U.S., a 23-month old toddler from Texas has died from the swine flu.

"This is definitely SCARY!," says Mami9207  in Advice for Moms this morning. "I have a 21 month old who loves the outdoors, but I'm taking precautions and staying home. He's sick, but has been since before the flu came out. I was paranoid about it, but the doctor says he's fine. Ladies, keep your children safe!"

According to the Associated Press, the toddler arrived in Texas from Mexico on April 4 and developed flu symptoms four days later.

The Texas Department of State Health Services said Wednesday the Mexico City boy had underlying health problems when he traveled to Brownsville, Texas to visit relatives. He was admitted to a Houston hospital a few days after developing a fever and other flu symptoms and died on Monday night.

CafeMoms are worried about the swine flu, but aren't entirely sure what to do. The CDC says it definitely expects more deaths from the flu, and numerous schools have closed as a precaution.

I've been scouring the web for advice and here's a few links that provide good information:

Precautions to take if your kids will be traveling. -- Parent Dish

Swine flu symptoms and facts. -- Healthy Living Buzz

5 tips to help protect your kids from the swine flu. -- Yahoo! Shine

How to recognize symptoms in your baby. -- Baby Buzz

For now, the general advice is to treat this illness like any other flu -- make your toddlers wash their hands constantly (especially if they've been out in public), tell them to cover their mouths when they cough or sneeze, keep them home if they're sick, and get them to the doctor if symptoms worsen or persist.

++What precautions are you taking to protect your children from the swine flu? Are you following your typical hygiene or have you ramped it up lately?

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