This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of PediaCare®.
Fall in North Carolina means cute scarves and boots for me and hoodie season for my boys.
But it can also mean cold and flu season. Kids under 6 can average 6-8 colds per year and 15-42% of preschool and school age kids will get the flu.
I can remember one doctor visit when my boys were 6, 4, and 2 when they were all terribly sick and what stressed me out even more was the idea of wrestling medicine down my middle son’s throat because there was just no way he would take any of it.
The doctor solved part of the problem by giving him a shot of antibiotics instead of prescribing oral antibiotics like he did for the other two. But, all three were miserably sick and feverish and I hated that there wasn’t anything that I could do to ease his suffering.
The #1 reason children don’t take medicine is taste. We all start life with lots of taste buds, but lose up to half of them over time, which is why children experience flavors very differently from adults. And here I thought they were just picky.
But PediaCare® knows this as the brand that is 100% dedicated to kids, and as a result, specially develops its products to have a taste geared towards kids.
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PediaCare® has partnered with pediatrician and father, Dr. David Hill, author of Dad to Dad: Parenting like a Pro, to develop informational videos offering tips for caregivers on what to do when their child gets sick. To view Dr. Hill’s videos, visit the PediaCare® YouTube page: http://www.youtube.com/PEDIACARE.
I heard Dr. Hill speak last week and he shared some ways you can tell whether you child has a cold or the flu since it can be hard to tell. Most colds don’t cause vomiting or diarrhea, so if either or both of those are present, you’re probably dealing with more than just a cold.
And as someone who is never sure if I should rush off to the doctor or wait it out, I appreciated Dr. Hill’s advice about when to head to the doctor: if there’s wheezing present or if a fever is over 104. Though he also said that he never minds when that parental instinct tells a parent to have their child checked out. I wonder if he’d have said that if he knew that I live close enough that I could actually show up at his office with my three boys in tow…
His tips for cutting down on illnesses during the cold and flu season include using hand sanitizer, having tissues readily available, teaching kids to cough/sneeze into the crook of their elbow instead of their hands, and getting enough Vitamin D(at least 200 units. I just checked and the gummy vitamins my kids take have 400).
I’m hoping for a mild cold and flu season in my house because my boys do much better when they can be off and running around!
How do you keep your kids healthy during cold and flu season?
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