Friday, January 30, 2015

Getting Through the Cold and Flu Season with PediaCare®

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As you are aware the holidays have come and gone, leaving sweet memories of family and cheer. They’ve also left us in the middle of cold and flu season. As you send your little ones back to school after the holiday break, there are steps you can take to help ensure you and your family stay well in the last stretch of cold before spring.

As parents we try and do everything we can to help protect against those nasty germs out there. It’s a good idea to make sure your survival supply is fully stocked. For starters, double check that your thermometer is working. If you’re not sure, buy a new one. Tissues and extra hand sanitizer are a must. One of the most effective ways to keep cold viruses from spreading is frequent hand washing with soap and water or cleansing with a product that contains at least 62% isopropyl alcohol. Mini hand sanitizers are a great item to have with you at all times.

Another must-have for cold and flu season is immunizations. Make sure your child’s are up to date, including his or her flu vaccine. Immunizations are key in reducing rates of ear infections, pneumonia and sinusitis.

Another good way if you haven't already is to incorporate vitamin D into your daily supplement routine. It is never too late for you or your children to start. Vitamin D supplements are said to reduce children’s risk of getting a cold by half. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children should take at least 400 IU of vitamin D a day, an amount found in most children’s multivitamins.

Another easy habit that goes a long way for your child’s health is basic sleep. Tired kids are
much more susceptible to viral infections. Invest in some cozy bedding to help make sure your little one always gets a good night’s sleep. I love surprising my kids with their favorite character blankets at Christmas time.

Even with all your precautions, sometimes a runny nose, a little cough or a light fever is unavoidable. Keep in mind, it’s normal to have 3 days of fever in the beginning of a cold. However, if the fever lasts any longer than 4 days or returns later, it could signal a bacterial infection.

When your little one starts showing signs of illness, choose from one of their specialized medicines for kids.

PediaCare® products can be found at a Dollar General near you and you can use this $1 off coupon!

Click here to download our PediaCare® dosage chart, which helps you match your child’s symptoms with one of our products. When using the chart, it’s best to weigh your child first to determine proper dosing of PediaCare® products. If weight is not known, use age.

Wishing you and yours a happy, and healthy, rest of winter!