Kids are back in school, which means germs and viruses are spreading like wildfire. With the recent outbreaks of Enterovirus D68, a respiratory disease that causes wheezing and coughing and symptoms that mimic asthma, parents are on high alert for germs.
Enterovirus D68 (also called EV-D68) isn’t the only danger to kids. The common cold, the flu, chicken pox, MRSA, whooping cough, and a number of other illnesses that are widespread among children spread incredibly quickly. Many pediatricians also see a sharp increase in upper respiratory infections, sore throats, ear infections, pink eye and even bronchitis during the school year. It can be difficult to treat these illnesses and viruses, so prevention is key.
Here are a 10 ways that Centra Care recommends to help stave off illness and keep children (and yourself) healthy this fall:
Wash hands often. The CDC recommends washing your hands for at least 20 seconds to effectively kill germs. Need a timer? Just hum the Happy Birthday song from beginning to end twice while scrubbing your hands. [Read full story]