With back-to-school season comes cold season. This year children are faced with catching the very harmful Human Enterovirus 68. This respiratory illness starts as a cold with a runny nose, sneezing and cough. However, it can become something that needs immediate attention if your child begins wheezing. Children with asthma are at high risk. So, as parents and educators PLEASE listen to your child at the first sign of a cold. Here are some tips to help your child make it through this cold season and new dangerous virus. Teach your child proper hand washing techniques and make it a habit! Hands harbor germs.
1. Teach children to cough and sneeze into their elbow instead of their hands. This helps lessen direct contact between germs and little hands.
2. Change your child’s clothing when they get home from school. This helps lessen germs being transferred from school to home.
3. Active yeast cultures found in yogurt help restore balance to the body (long term use) after antibiot-ics and other medications. Keep a box of frozen Gogurts for a healthy immune-building snack.