Alex Silvia: It's sneezing season and the close quarters of the classroom makes it easy for children to spread colds. It's what Dr. Nina Shaprio calls "ewww" moments.
Dr. Shapiro: They pick their nose, the sneeze into their hand and then touch their friend. They put their fingers in their mouth, they put their fingers in their friends mouth. And we know it is just a matter of time before some of them or all of them get sick.
Alex Silvia: In act, a national survey of school nurses shows sickness accounts for 77 percent of nurse office visits during the winter season. Dr. Shapiro suggests getting prepared in advance.
Dr. Shapiro: Advil is great to reduce fevers, safe for kids two and up. It lasts about eight hours so i their is a high fever with the flu or a low grade fever with the common cold, great to reduce the fevers. Childrens dimatap is great for stuffy noses and runny noses. And often time this snuff noses turn into that deep chest cough we hear all winter long. There is Children's Robitussin Day and Night formula. It will loosen up that cough and chest congestion during the day. And then the nighttime formula will get them cough free at the night and get a good nights sleep.
Alex Silvia: Dr. Shapiro also asks says to look for signs that might be more serious.
Dr. Shapiro: If it really is the flu, it comes on hard and fast. No warning. High fever, weakness, muscle aches, body aches, no interest in anything. These kids are miserable
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