Did you know that the average school-age child contracts four or more colds per year, with each cold potentially lasting from 5 to 14 days?
In our household – if one person gets sick the chances are pretty likely that it will eventually make the rounds hitting all of us. It’s like a domino effect – one kidlet gets sick, gets better and then the other one gets it, gets better and it moves on to us parents. Once one of us gets sick it’s literally weeks before the “sickies” are out of our home. That means lots of missed school, activities, work and fun for the whole lot of us.
With the respiratory virus Enterovirus D68 wreaking havoc and the start of cold and flu season just around the corner it is important now more than ever to reinforce good hygiene and germ prevention to our kids.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard about the impact of Enterovirus D68 is having across the country. Babies and young children up to about 13 are at the greatest risk of contracting the illness, and it is especially dangerous for those who have a history of asthma.
The virus’ symptoms are similar to the common cold — sneezing, coughing, runny nose — but after a few days it causes difficulty breathing, which can require a trip to the hospital. There is no vaccine for the Enterovirus, so it’s important to take precautions to reduce the chances of our kids getting sick from it.
Here’s what the CDC recommends for both children and adults to prevent getting and spreading Enterovirus D68, but I think these rules here also apply to colds and flu as well:
- Avoid close contact or sharing objects with other sick kids
- Wash hands often and thoroughly with soap and water
- Always cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing
- Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
- Regularly clean and disinfect household surfaces and toys
- If you are sick, stay home
I say it’s probably also a good idea during this time of year make sure you’re stocked up and always carry tissues, hand sanitizer and antibacterial wipes in your kid’s backpack or even your own purse or go-bag. And don’t forget to get a flu shot too! It’s better to be safe than well…sick.
If your little one does get sick and you’re looking for ideas on keeping them occupied, check out my post How To Survive A Kid Sickday.
Now it’s your turn to share. What makes you feel better when you’re sick?
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