The Common Cold and Your Child

It’s called the “common” cold with good reason; it’s the most common infectious disease in the United States. The common cold responsible for more school absences than any other illness. Most kids under age five can have 6-8 colds per year and the symptoms can last seven to fourteen days.

This contagious infection of the upper airway (nose, throat, and sinuses) is caused by a virus. A cold virus is spread from a sick person to others by sneezing or coughing or contact with the hands or mouth. A cold virus can live on toys, phones, door knobs, tables, and other objects for up to three hours and transfer to a child’s hands. The virus gets on a child’s hands and is transferred to the nose, mouth, or eyes by normal face touching habits. Read more

15 Years of Dedication to Preventing Injuries to Children

safe kidsPreventable injuries are the #1 killer of children ages 1-14 in the United States. Every year, approximately 8,500 families lose a child because of a preventable injury with millions more being injured every day. In the United States alone, nearly 9 million children are treated for injuries in the emergency departments each year. These tragedies don’t have to happen! The most important thing to remember about preventable injuries is that they are preventable. These injuries often occur in predictable ways and can be completely avoided with the right education, awareness and planning. Safe Kids Worldwide is a global organization dedicated to preventing injuries in children.

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