It’s that time of year where germs are ever present and your chance of coming down with a cold or taking a “sick day” increases. As adults, sick days are never fun. But for our little ones? It’s even worse! Luckily pediatric doctor Dr. Nina Shapiro and microbiologist Dr. Charles Gerba share their expertise on how to survive sick days, and how to get your kids back back to themselves when germs cause those Sick Just Got Real™ moments. But let’s chat about the germs in your child’s school and out in the community where they play…
Germs in school
- Half of students don’t wash their hands after using the bathroom! And even more “ew”, many of those who do, don’t even use soap.
- Less than one-third of teachers said they regularly disinfect germ-laden objects in the classroom. Yikes!
- Desks often have more bacteria than a toilet seat. If eating happens in class, the number of germs multiplies!
- Up to 2.7 million bacterial cells per square inch live on common school surfaces such as water fountains, desks, computer keyboards, bus seats and cafeteria trays. Sounds like germs really are everywhere!
- Shared technology in classrooms introduces new high-touch surfaces for spreading germs – the computer mouse, keyboard and tablet surfaces have some of the highest germ counts. Here’s a not so fun fact: Each keyboard key contains up to 1.3 million germs—that’s more than 135 million germs on the entire keyboard, and a standard iPad screen has up to 192 million bacteria!
Germs at play
- The sun’s ultraviolet light rays kill bacteria. That means that the playground equipment in the shade will have more bacteria.
- Sandboxes are a germ culprit, particularly if they remain uncovered overnight, which allows bacteria to enter.
- Any microorganisms on kids’ hands will spread to monkey bars, slides, teeter totters, swings and other touched surfaces where other children can then pick them up when playing.
“Ew” is in the air
- In addition to school and the playground, the supermarket is a festival of “ew!” Shopping carts, credit card machines and reusable grocery bags all act as leading germ carriers.
- Some germs can live on dry surfaces, such as toys, for several hours!
- Colds and other respiratory infections are spread by the hands and touching the nose or eyes, while 81 percent of people with the flu virus spread it through the air when they cough.
- Most kids touch up to 20 objects per minute and touch their face 50 times per hour – leading to wide germ spreading.
Say goodbye to perfect attendance
- Did you know that more than 38 million school days are missed by U.S. children each year due to the flu?
- Parents miss about 126 million workdays annually caring for a sick child, which equates to 40 billion lost dollars!
- Missing work to stay home with their sick kids and worrying about sickness outbreaks going around the classroom were the top concerns parents have when their child is sick at school.
What can you do?
Let’s face it… kids are going to get sick no matter how hard you may try to prevent. The facts above show how germs are just about everywhere! Luckily the pediatric brands of Pfizer Consumer Healthcare are there with three solutions – Children’s Advil®, Children’s Robitussin® and Children’s Dimetapp® – to tackle the “ew”iest of symptoms.
When a cough is making my little man miserable, Children’s Robitussin® Extended-Release 12 Hour Cough Relief is my go-to! It helps control and relieve symptoms all-day or all-night. For children ages 4 and up, it is available in grape or orange flavor.
Children’s Advil® is a great solution for kids as young as 2 and up to 11 when it comes to easing the aches and pains. Better yet, it helps reduce a child’s fever fast! It’s available in a variety of flavors including Sugar-free Dye-free Berry, Bubble Gum, Grape, Blue Raspberry, Fruit and Dye-Free White Grape flavors. There’s also Infants’ Advil® White Grape, perfect for providing fever relief for children 6-23 months.
If you have older kids, Children’s Dimetapp® Multi-Symptom Cold Relief Dye-Free is great for easing your child’s stuffy and runny nose. Plus with it’s great-tasting grape flavor, it helps quiet your child’s coughing.
Any three of these products are perfect for your child’s “sick day survival.” My son has battle a few coughs this winter, and luckily Robitussin® provided him much relief. I’m happy to say that he has yet to miss a day of school because of germs! Hydration, rest, and Robitussin® always seem to do that trick.
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This post has been sponsored by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. All thoughts and reviews are my own.