Ah, the common cold… If only it weren’t so common. Truth be told, there are actually more than 100 different cold viruses out there just waiting to infect us–and especially our kids. And, as you may or may not know, the one that’s likeliest to hit a homerun, so to speak, is the rhinovirus, and it has one heck of a success rate!
Rhinoviruses were first isolated some 50 years ago from folks already down with colds. They are, unfortunately, around all year round and account for up to 80% of all common cold illnesses. Moreover, they, like the rest of the pack, are immune to the effects of antibiotics, so there’s no easy fix, as we parents quickly figure out. We persist in asking for them, but doctors know better than to give in to our pleas.
Meanwhile, the favorite hunting ground for these viruses is closed-in spaces like schools, where close contact is the norm. All it takes is for an infected child to cough or sneeze those droplets into the air, and/or touch her nose, thus transferring the viruses to her hands. Then, of course, those germs land everywhere those the droplets and hands go—desks, faucets, door handles, keyboards, stair railings, and on and on. Making matters even worse, is the fact that they have a shelf life of up to several hours.
Needless to say, then, the kids who follow along are easy prey, and so the cycle goes round and round, moving from child to child, and so it goes. To recap: Colds spread by inhaling those droplets in the air, touching contaminated surfaces, and from person-to-person contact, too.
The most contagious period is during the first two to four days after symptoms appear, spreading like wild fire. Indeed, we Americans are said to catch one billion colds a year, with kids missing some 22 million days of school to boot! Preschoolers catch about nine colds every year, while kindergartners succumb about twelve times. For those older, between two and four colds a year is normal, with symptoms usually lasting from between seven and ten days.
As for those symptoms, they usually include a runny nose and sandpaper throat, along with some of the following:
Mild body aches
And sometimes a mild fever, too, and that just makes everything worse for your child. Signs can include:
Fussiness and/or irritability
Feeling too warm or chilled
Sleep and/or appetite issues
But now there’s a product that can help with that fever, and it’s called BeKOOOL. For starters, these gel sheets are non-medicated, so they don’t interfere with any fever-reducing meds you might be giving your child. And relief is just a step or two away. All you have to do is remove the transparent film from the back and place it on your child’s forehead, helping her now relax and get some rest. That’s all there is to it.
As pediatrician Dr. David Hill says, “BeKOOOL cooling gel sheets give parents a safe, effective option to relieve their children’s discomfort from fever right away and keep them comfortable for up to 8 hours. I wish I’d had these when my children were little.”
You’ll be glad they’re available now. Try it once, and you’ll be sold.
Sometimes, though, it takes more than our loving care to quell a cold, so be sure to call your child’s doctor if:
You can’t control that fever.
It appears that your child might become dehydrated from vomiting, diarrhea, or not drinking enough fluids.
You’ve already been to the doctor, but now your child is getting worse or new symptoms have developed.
Needless to say, though, the best offense is a good defense. To that end, keep hand sanitizer around, and remind your child to cough and sneeze into the crook of his elbow, wash his hands frequently and well, and keep them away from his face.
Ditto for you. Plus, BeKOOL comes in an adult version, and there’s even one for migraine relief.