How to Help Your Kids Beat Allergy Season
As the spring season and warmer weather are fast approaching, you and your child will likely be spending more time outside. The warmer weather doesn’t just signify the start of the spring season but also allergy season and with 1 in 10 children affected by seasonal respiratory allergies, you may notice your child sneezing and coughing more frequently with the seasonal change.
Although you generally cannot prevent allergies, you can help your child avoid contact with the allergens that trigger a reaction. Here are some tips to help you and your child navigate allergy season together:
How to Help your Child Beat the Common Cold
Cold and flu season is in full swing. Children are at increased risk of catching colds due to their immune systems not being fully developed. The fact that they remain in close proximity to a lot of other children in school or daycare doesn't help things either. On average most children can get 8 or more colds per year.
Instances of colds do increase in the winter months, but probably not for the reason that you may think. The cold temperatures do not actually cause your child to catch a cold. But dry air does lower resistance to the viruses that cause colds. When the heat is running most homes have lower humidity, and outside air is also drier in the winter.
The Importance of Flu Vaccine
The flu virus affects people all over the world each year. Children aged 2 and below are at an increased risk of experiencing severe health complications due to flu. The 2017-18 flu season has been particularly hard on children with around 53 pediatric flu-related deaths reported in the US. And we are just four months into the flu season.
After reading this article you will know why it's essential to get your child a flu shot every year before the start of the flu season.
How to Prevent and Treat Head Lice
Kids are more prone to head lice than adults, especially when school is in session. Their close proximity to others, and the possibility of swapping hats and scarves, increase the chance of spreading lice. The good news is that you can prevent the spread by following these tips: