We are 3 weeks into the school year and my daughter has her first cold. It never fails, the same happened last year. It seemed like every other week she was sick last school year. All summer long she was fine, no colds at all; it begins all over again.
I know when my daughter isn’t feeling well, it is the only time she is quiet. She will be in the bedroom snuggled under her blanket.
What is a Cold?
A cold is a virus, caused by germs. A common cold can affect the throat, nose, and sinuses. Colds are spread to children from parents, siblings, and caregivers through the air we breathe.
Direct Contact : includes kissing, touching, holding hands with an infected person
Indirect Contact: includes toys, tissues, door knobs, anything an infected person touches.
Symptoms of a cold: stuffed up or running nose, fever, cough, chills, aches and pains
Talk or visit your Doctor, don’t rush to the ER, use your discretion.
Tips to Prevent Colds
- Wash and dry hands with paper towel
- keep hands away from eyes, nose, and mouth
- stay away from those who are already feeling ill
- don’t send sick kids to school
- open windows or doors to remove germs
- wash toys, doors keyboards and phones
- always use a tissue to wipe your nose
There is no cure for the common cold and can last up to a week or two.
We will be sending our daughter back to school tomorrow if she is feeling well enough to go. If your child is sick, keep them home to prevent others from becoming part of the vicious circle of colds.
What do you do to ensure your child isn’t sick throughout the year?