You're not imagining things; the kids really are getting sick more frequently than the summer.
- Remind kids (of all ages) not to swap food or drinks with friends.
- Tell children to avoid close contact with anyone who is coughing, sneezing, or seems sick.
- Remind your little ones to sneeze into the folds of their arms or away from other people (it’s also polite!)
- Encourage your kids to bring home any food that doesn’t get eaten during the day. Not only will you avoid passing around germs, but you’ll also discover how to better pack their lunches to their liking.
For injuries, know the difference between what needs a trip to the ER and what just needs some TLC. When dealing with acute “backyard” injuries (where an ambulance is not called), parents should consider seeking out a pediatric urgent care that is equipped to handle serious injuries, such as extremity fractures and lacerations, just as well as a hospital. Know where your local pediatric ER is located before you need one.