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
With the days getting shorter and cooler, it means it is that time of the year to make sure everyone in the family is ready with the essentials: winter coats, snow pants, boots, mittens, hats and flu shots.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a yearly flu vaccine, including healthy people and people with chronic medical conditions.
With the school season underway, there’s another season not far behind – the cold and flu season. And while it’s nearly an annual experience for families – that seemingly endless cycle of colds that circulate through classrooms – there are steps families can take to help keep everyone in the household as healthy as possible.
With spring break fast approaching, many families in Wisconsin are preparing for travel to warmer climates. However, the Zika epidemic has caused many families, particularly pregnant women, to reconsider their travel plans. Here are a few general guidelines for tropical travel in the time of Zika.
Preventable 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.