It is impossible to protect your child from all contagious illnesses.
But you can teach healthy habits to help reduce your child's risk of
infections. Teach your child:
wash his or her hands. Children should wash their hands each time they use
the toilet and after they blow their nose, especially if drainage has gotten on
their hands. Teach your child to dry his or her hands thoroughly after washing
hand sanitizers also kills germs that can cause
illness. For more information, see the topic Hand-Washing.
Not to share hats, combs, toothbrushes, or other personal
items with other children.
To use tissues and to cover the mouth
when coughing or sneezing. Show your child how to hold the tissues so that
drainage does not get on his or her hands. Tell your child to always throw
tissues away in a trash can.
To use only clean, dry paper towels
and tissues. Teach your child not to handle tissues or paper towels used by
Not to touch other children's blood, urine, stool,
or other drainage. Teach your child to tell an adult caregiver if another child
is bleeding or accidentally urinates or passes a stool.
Also, now and then check your child's hair and skin for signs of
contagious diseases, such as
lice. Typical signs include frequent head-scratching,
rashes, redness, or insect bites.
The CDC reports this year's flu shot may not protect against a strain of influenza that's hitting the U.S.
Q. Does this mean the flu shot is useless?
Not at all. Although this year's flu vaccine doesn't match two of the three main types of flu strains now in circulation, people who did get a flu shot and catch the flu get a much milder disease. This can make a life-or-death difference to people who are at high risk of flu complications, such as pregnant women, young children, the elderly,...