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It may still be winter but it has sure felt like spring the past few weeks, with close to 80° weather here in Cincinnati! But, as any Cincinnatian will know, nice weather doesn’t last long. The past few days have been wet and cold; I’m talking mid 30’s. With such a big swing, it’s only natural that kids feel yucky and come down with some type of sickness.
I have three boys, and while they haven’t been “have to go to the doctor sick”, they each have had some type of runny, stuffy, achy “ew” feeling over the past few weeks. I personally think it’s because of the big swing in the weather and seasonal allergies. The Children’s Advil and Children’s Dimetapp have really come in handy for my kids! I have partnered with Pfizer to bring you some germy facts and help with what medicine will come in handy for your little one when they come down with that “ew” feeling.
Recognizing the “Ew”… getting the germy facts
Pediatric doctor Dr. Nina Shapiro and microbiologist Dr. Charles Gerba share their expertise on 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.
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; 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.
- Each keyboard key contains up to 1.3 million germs—that’s more than 135 million germs on the entire keyboard, and a standard iPad screen has up to 192 million bacteria!
“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 parents’ top concerns when their child is sick at school.
Kids get sick no matter how much you do to prevent it. The pediatric brands of Pfizer Consumer Healthcare are there with three solutions – Children’s Advil®, Children’s Robitussin®, and Children’s Dimetapp® – to tackle the “ew”iest of symptoms.
For Aches and Pains:
Ease those aches and pains while reducing a child’s fever fast with Children’s Advil®, a great solution for kids as young as 2 and up to 11. Children’s Advil® comes in several great-tasting flavors, including Sugar-free, Dye-free Berry, Bubble Gum, Grape, Blue Raspberry, Fruit, and Dye-Free White Grape flavors. Infants’ Advil® White Grape provides unsurpassed fever relief (among OTC pain relievers) with a syringe for easy dosing for children 6-23 months.
For a Cough:
For your child’s cough, trust Children’s Robitussin® Extended-Release 12-Hour Cough Relief to control and relieve symptoms all-day or all-night. Available in grape or orange flavor for children ages 4 and up. Please note that while most Children’s Robitussin® products can be used starting at age 4, some are only for children aged 6 and up.
For a Stuffy, Runny Nose & Cough:
Children’s Dimetapp® Multi-Symptom Cold Relief Dye-Free eases your child’s stuffy and runny nose while quieting a bothersome cough. All in a great-tasting, dye-free grape flavor for children 6 and up.
*It is important to remember always to read and keep the cartons for complete warnings and dosing information on Pfizer Pediatric products and to use them as directed