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If you have been to your child’s school or day care during the cough and cold or allergy season, you have undoubtedly heard a contagious chorus of coughs and sniffles. On average, a young child will have 6-10 colds per year, and the virus swap is at its peak during the winter season. When your child is sick, many parents struggle with knowing when to keep them home, or when to send them back into The Wild.
Dr. Zak Zarbock, creator of Zarbee’s an all-natural cough medicine, shares his tips for when it’s safe for children to go to school and when it’s best for them to stay home and recover.
Keep your child home, avoid contact with others, and consider seeing your pediatrician if symptoms include:
Trust your judgment. Your child may continue regular activities unless he or she needs additional rest or is showing early signs of red light symptoms. These symptoms may include:
While not 100 percent, your child is okay to return to school. Symptoms may include:
Remember, the most important way to keep children healthy and in school is by reducing the transmission of viral infections. Proper hygiene including the use of disposable tissues and coughing into the elbow should be encouraged. Frequent hand washing cannot be overemphasized. Avoid touching the mouth, nose, and eyes, as they are the gateway for unwanted viruses.
“I see over 30 coughing, gagging, fevering children a day, and these tips are what keeps me going,” Dr. Zarbock says.
And finally, when in doubt don’t hesitate to contact your pediatrician—they are there to help.
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