The average young American child has over six colds a year. Actually, children’s colds are responsible for more doctor visits than any other problem. Plus, colds can easily be passed to other family members when one child in the home gets sick.
What is a parent to do? Putting an end to cold germs where they spread is your best bet.
Children getting together at school are one of the main ways germs spread in communities. One only needs to look at the recent cold outbreak in the Midwest to see just how fast a cold can spread at school.
Why do children get colds so often? There are several reasons for it. Let’s explore them here right now.
Children’s immune systems haven’t fully matured, so they’re a lot more susceptible to illness. They haven’t built up antibodies or been exposed to much of anything. Everything is new to them, and they can succumb to illness.
Kids are in very close contact with one another at school. Classrooms are like incubators for colds spreading, and a lot of children come home from school with a cold as a result of one child bringing it to the whole classroom.
Children also have cold-inducing habits, like sticking their fingers in their mouths and noses, touching surfaces around them, and exploring their environment.
When you combine all of these elements, the conditions are just right for the spread of cold germs in a school environment. A lot of illness can be avoided though.
Teach children how and when to wash their hands
Make sure your child has gotten his seasonal flu vaccine
Give your child hand sanitizer
Teach your children good germ etiquette
Give your child a pencil box so he will use his own writing utensils