Now that it is cold and flu season, everyone needs to remember that it is recommended to NOT give children (under age 19 years) aspirin or aspirin containing medicine during episodes of fever-causing illnesses. This has been linked to Reye’s Syndrome. Reye’s Syndrome is a disease that affects all organs of the body, but most lethally the liver and the brain. It is best to always check with a doctor before giving your child aspirin. Tylenol and Ibuprofen are not linked to Reye’s. To learn more, the web site is www.reyessyndrome.org/.
It is always a good idea to use good hand washing, but it is really important now that flu and cold season is here. Warm/hot water and soap, scrub for 10 seconds. Remind children that putting soap on and just rinsing off is not going to work. They need to scrub (rub hands, fingers) for 10 seconds. Sometimes you can get them to wash their hands longer by having them have a saying or sing a little song (ex: Happy Birthday) while washing.
Encourage everyone to sneeze and cough into a tissue or into his or her elbow. If you sneeze/cough into your hand then touch doorknobs, phones, etc., you are spreading germs.
Tips from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services on “How can the spread of common cold and flu be prevented?”