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    Kids and Germs
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    Tanya Altmann, MD, FAAP posted:
    Day care, school, birthday parties -- anywhere kids spend time together, they share germs. You can't keep your child in a bubble to prevent him from getting sick, but there are a few simple things you can do to decrease the spread of germs and lower the risk of illness in your home.

    Some useful facts about children and germ transmission:
    ? Healthy children can catch about 10 infections a year.
    ? Approximately 80% of infections are transmitted by hands.
    ? Germs usually enter the body through your mouth, nose or eyes.
    ? Children are often contagious before they show symptoms of an illness.

    To decrease the risk of illness, parents should follow these guidelines:
    ? Wash hands often -- especially after playing, when entering the house, before eating and after using bathroom -- and scrub for 20 seconds.
    ? Carry hand sanitizer or wipes for times when soap and water aren't available.
    ? Avoid touching the face -- especially your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    ? Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and throw the tissue in the trash. Use the inside of elbow to catch a cough or sneeze if a tissue is not available.
    ? Make sure your family members get annual check-ups and that everyone's vaccines are up-to-date.

    In addition to these germ-fighting tips, be sure to eat a healthy diet, get plenty of sleep, and exercise daily.

    Do your kids seem to bring home every illness that goes around? How do you fight germs to help your children avoid getting sick?


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