Back-to-School Blues - Is School Making My Child Sick?
A new fall wardrobe, school supply shopping, new teachers and reuniting with friends all contribute to the excitement of heading back-to-school. But all too often that excitement can be dampened by the dreaded common cold or flu that can leave your child feeling miserable.
Young children, more than adults, are particularly susceptible to colds, especially in the fall and winter when they are back in school. Children usually get colds from other children. When a cold virus is introduced into a school or day care, it can quickly travel through the class. In the early school years, your child's immune system is put to the test daily. Large groups of young children are breeding grounds for the organisms that cause illness. In fact: The common cold is one of the top five reasons children miss school.
· Children ages 12 and under can get up to 12 colds per year. · The common cold usually lasts 7 to 10 days, but some symptoms can last for up to three weeks, which can make it seem like your child has one
cold after another. Many parents are often confused about how best to treat their child's cold or flu. This confusion may also include the differences between ibuprofen and acetaminophen. Adding to that confusion this year are the recent recalls of several over-the-counter children's pain relievers and fever
reducers over the past few months.
The good news is that Children's Advil® is NOT part of the recent recalls and is currently available nationwide. In fact, ibuprofen, the medicine in Children's Advil® is the #1 pediatrician recommended pain reliever. In addition, Children's Advil®:
· Reduces fever faster* and lasts longer than the medicine in Children's Tylenol® (acetaminophen).
· Lasts up to eight hours and relieves the minor aches and pains caused by the common cold and flu, as well as sore throat and headache in children ages 2 to 11 years.
· Is safe when used as directed
- Tips on how to help prevent colds and flu
- The difference between a cold and flu, and how to treat the symptoms of each
- When you should treat a fever
- The most effective ways to treat a fever
- The differences between ibuprofen and acetaminophen
Additional Background on Spokespeople:
· Dr. Alexander serves as medical director of the Madison
County/London (Ohio) City Health Department.
· As a school nurse, Ms. Shamberger advises and counsels parents and
school staff on childhood illnesses and the management and control of
infections and communicable diseases.
· Dr. Alexander and Ms. Shamberger are partnering with Pfizer and
Children's Advil® on this initiative. However, they are independent
spokespeople and are not being compensated for their time.