Sniffles, coughs and fevers…..

This is what many of us have dealt with this week. After seeing so many parents missing work this week due to either their child’s illness or their own, I being one of them. I’ve come to the conclusion that we’ve hit the time of year that it’s just going to happen. Lots of ickies going around out there.

So, how do you know when it’s real and when it’s not? ABC News just published a piece on this common issue that all parents deal with at one time or another.

What can you do:

BE PROACTIVE: Eat healthy, take your vitamins, exercise, wash hands, limit activity with those sick and contagious, if you can get flu shots, do it. Arlington Public Schools has been promoting Flu Shots this week. They even have a short list of places to go to get them.

KNOW THE RULES: Typically, children are not allowed to attend daycare or school if any of the following occur.

— Fever above 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

— Signs of possible severe illness such as uncontrolled coughing, difficulty breathing, wheezing, persistent crying, or lethargy.

— Diarrhea, such as loose or runny stools.

— Vomiting; once a youngster has vomited, most health providers recommend or require that your sick kid cannot return to school or daycare for a minimum of 24 hours.

HEALING BABES & KILLING TIME: Once you are stuck at home, what do you do? “Quality Cuddle Time” is a favorite at my house. Make your babe as comfortable as possible, watch a movie, read books, listen to music, give them a kiddie massage, certain massage techniques relieve most aches and pains as well as relax tense muscles.

As your little one begins to come out of that quiet cuddly phase, but cannot return to school and shouldn’t really be up and running around, we found some great ideas and tips for activities at Suite101.com.

Here’s to GOOD HEALTH!

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