Early School Health Radio Shows — 26 February 2013
Common Cold

A few ideas on how to prevent the common cold in your child.

Common Cold

It’s always amazing just how many colds a child comes down with in a year. In fact some winters it may seem like your child never stops sniffing and sneezing.  While the common cold isn’t entirely preventable, there may be some things we can do to stop our kids from coming home with every bug they’re exposed to says Dr. Diane Sacks, author of Caring for Your Child Birth to Age Five. “I think being outside getting fresh air (we keep our houses way too warm and dry), as well as the hand washing when they come home and when they go out are very good protections from the common cold. They will get these viruses, but if they’re healthy and have good nutrition, they’ll get over them. By the time they get older, most of us have outgrown, or ingrown our immunity into most of the viruses that cause the common cold, and we do rather well.”And over-the-counter cough and cold remedies should not be used on children under six.

The Parent Report’s guest expert is Dr. Diane Sacks, author of Caring for Your Child Birth to Age Five.

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