How To Combat Childhood Colds

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

3 Common Childhood Illnesses You Might Not Have Ever Heard Of

You might not have been aware of these illnesses, but they show up a lot more frequently than you might think.

sick childChildren get sick a lot. Watching out for childhood illnesses is what a parent does. You have to ask about every rash and cough, because it could be serious.

Parents will soon learn about stomach bugs, flu, and ear infections from their experience. You might have heard of these already, but there are a lot of childhood illnesses that you might not have heard of. Let’s look at some of those illnesses real quick right now.

RSV

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is an extremely common illness in young children. It’s a lot more frequently seen than the flu. It causes more problems than the seasonal flu does.

The majority of us have been exposed to this illness by two years of age. Symptoms are not unlike flu. Wheezing is a common symptom of the illness. Only about a quarter of children with the illness will have any wheezing that is noticeable. Infections usually last a couple of weeks.

Fifth Disease

Fifth Disease causes a facial rash that resembles a slap mark. It can sort of seem similar to a cold, prior to the rash showing up.

Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease

Hand, foot, and mouth disease is a common illness for young children, and it can lead to a fever, along with sores and blisters in the mouth, feet soles and palms. Hand, foot, and mouth disease can lead to a lot of frustration, but it usually goes away quickly.