By Maureen Sangiorgio
When you’re a parent, you worry about your children . . . a lot . . . forever. Are they happy? Are they healthy? Are they safe? Am I doing all I can to keep them happy, healthy, and safe?
Most parents are no strangers to dealing with their children’s illnesses. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, your child probably will have more colds, or upper respiratory infections, than any other illness. Up until age two, most kids have about ten colds! And if your child is in day care, or if there are other kids in your house, she may have even more, since colds spread easily among children who are in close contact with one another.
Influenza (“the flu”) is more dangerous than the common cold for children. Kids often need medical care because of the flu, especially if they are younger than five years old. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each year about 20,000 children under the age of 5 are hospitalized because of influenza complications.
Follow this six-step program to boost your child’s immunity and to help prevent colds and flu in your family. [Read more…]