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It’s March – that means Spring is right around the corner, but it also means we go from cold, to warm, to hot, to cold again. These temperature swings usually bring around another bout of colds, flu and all around “Ew”.
I don’t know about you, but we’ve had a rough winter with colds and ickyness going through our home. Granted having a 3 year old in daycare sure doesn’t help – but after doing a little more research I have noticed it is definitely not only the toddler we can blame. For example, each keyboard key contains up to 1.3 million germs—that’s more than 135 million germs on the entire keyboard. YUCK!!! Both Jeanna and I work on computers all day – maybe we are bringing these germs home?!
I wanted to share with you what pediatric doctor Dr. Nina Shapiro and microbiologist Dr. Charles Gerba have learned about how germs exist beyond what meets the eye and how to get kids back to being kids again when germs cause those Sick just got real™ moments.
Germs at play
- The sun’s ultraviolet light rays kill bacteria, so playground equipment in the shade will have more bacteria.
- Sandboxes are a germ culprit, particularly if they remain uncovered overnight, which allows bacteria to enter.
- Any microorganisms on kids’ hands will spread to monkey bars, slides, teeter totters, swings and other touched surfaces where other children can then pick them up when playing.
I will be sure to be moving Gradie’s outdoor play toys into direct sunlight – I never knew that the rays could kill bacteria. Plus we will be getting rid of her sandbox this year – YUCK (again)!!
Germ class is in session
- Half of students don’t wash their hands after using the bathroom – and of those who do many don’t even use soap.
- Less than one-third of teachers said they regularly disinfect germ-laden objects in the classroom.
- Desks often have more bacteria than a toilet seat and if eating happens in class, the number of germs multiplies.
- Up to 2.7 million bacterial cells per square inch live on common school surfaces such as water fountains, desks, computer keyboards, bus seats and cafeteria trays.
- Shared technology in classrooms introduces new high-touch surfaces for spreading germs – the computer mouse, keyboard and tablet surfaces have some of the highest germ counts (a standard iPad screen has up to 192 million bacteria!)
A good idea to keep sanitizer in your kids backpacks – and remind them to use it OFTEN!!
“Ew” is in the air
- In addition to school and the playground, the supermarket is a festival of “ew”, with shopping carts, credit card machines and reusable grocery bags acting as the leading germ carriers.
- Some germs can live on dry surfaces, such as toys, for several hours.
- Colds and other respiratory infections are spread by the hands and touching the nose or eyes, while 81 percent of people with the flu virus spread it through the air when they cough.
- Most kids touch up to 20 objects per minute and touch their face 50 times per hour – leading to wide germ spreading.
Say goodbye to perfect attendance
- More than 38 million school days are missed by U.S. children each year due to the flu.
- Parents miss about 126 million workdays annually caring for a sick child, which equates to 40 billion lost dollars.
- Missing work to stay home with their sick kids and worrying about sickness outbreaks going around the classroom were the top concerns parents have when their child is sick at school.
Of course our kids will inevitably get sick, no matter how much we do to try prevent it. This is where these great Pfizer Consumer Healthcare pediatric brands step in to help us out, with these three solutions –
- Children’s Advil®,
- Children’s Robitussin®, and
- Children’s Dimetapp®
to tackle the “ew”iest of symptoms.
Whether it is a good or lucky thing – we received these products a couple days before Gradie’s latest cold/virus. Just as it is with us, as adults, our little ones feel ‘poopy’ and they don’t understand why their body aches, throw in a fever and this is where Children’s Advil® can help save the day.
For your children aged between 2 and 11, and available in flavors they wont hate; Sugar-free Dye-free Berry, Bubble Gum, Grape, Blue Raspberry, Fruit and Dye-Free White Grape flavors. You won’t fight them to take it, it’ll act FAST and it’ll LAST long – that is the experience we had, and we are so grateful we were able to get Gradie some relief.
For your infants there is Infants’ Advil® White Grape, which provides unsurpassed fever relief (among OTC pain relievers) with a syringe for easy dosing for children 6-23 months.
We also received Children’s Robitussin® Extended-Release 12 Hour Cough Relief and Children’s Dimetapp® Multi-Symptom Cold Relief Dye-Free. However, these are for children aged 4 and up and 6 and up, respectively. Gradie is only 3, so we shared these two products with Gradie’s cousins to use when the need arises.
OF COURSE – It is important to remember to always read and keep the cartons for complete warnings and dosing information on Pfizer Pediatric products and to use as directed. Also, make sure to keep all medications out of reach of children.
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