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Avoid Back to School Cold & Flu

Avoid Back to School Cold & Flu

The start of the school year is exciting! But, it won’t be long until our little ones are exposed to germs in the classroom – and then they bring them home! 

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, school-aged children can get at least six to eight colds a year, and they cause more absences than any other illness. 

Teaching kids’ healthy habits can help them avoid back to school illness and keep them well all year long.

Healthy Habits

Hand washing:

The most effective way to prevent the spread of viruses is practicing good hand-washing. Scrubbing your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand cleaners will keep germs at bay. 

Cover your nose and mouth:

Viruses spread through droplets in the air, and when those infected droplets come into direct contact with your eyes, nose or mouth, you can get sick. Kids should use the crook of their elbow to cover a sneeze or cough to avoid spreading germs on their hands. 

Strong immune system:

Eating healthy foods, getting enough sleep and drinking plenty of water will keep your immune system strong. This will help fight off a cold virus. 

 

When to call the doctor 

How do you know when it’s just a cold or something more serious? Sneezing, coughing, runny or stuffy nose, and a sore throat are all symptoms of a common cold. If your child isn’t feeling better in a few days or starts experiencing a fever of 104 degrees or higher, chills or extreme fatigue, it could be something more severe like the flu or a bacterial infection. 

FetchMD’s on-demand urgent care providers see children ages two and up. Avoid those cold, germ-laden, waiting rooms at an urgent care center or your pediatrician’s office and get treated in the comfort of your own home. Just request a same-day or next-day house call appointment by downloading our app now

 

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