9 Steps to a Healthful Cold Weather Season for Your Children

February 4, 2015 5:35 PM

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9 Steps to a Healthful Cold Weather Season for Your Children

As an immunologist, come winter, I see a lot of children with viral infections, most often caused by respiratory viruses that affect the nose and throat -- and a lot of parents unhappy with the missed school days! These days mothers are coming to my office concerned with the tragic death of a child in New Jersey who contracted Enterovirus 68, even though this sad story is no longer in the headlines. And rightfully so it has the entire community on alert but the best defense against infectious diseases is reliable education on the best preventive practices and proactively implementing them.

There are good reasons for this cold-weather onset: first, children are indoors more -- and the indoor environment is the prime milieu for the spread of respiratory viruses. Children also have smaller airways so viruses move far more easily from the nose to the back of the throat and then into the e...

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