(WXYZ) Can you stop a child from getting sick? New research found that a good chunk of parents have tried unproven “folklore strategies” in the hopes of preventing their children from catching the common cold. But do they actually work?
What are the most popular folklore strategies?
Well, the first one I’m sure you’ve heard of from your mother and that’s “Don’t go outside with your hair wet or you’ll catch a cold”. Other popular words of advice include taking lots of vitamin C and staying indoors during the winter. Now winter is certainly primetime for kids to catch colds, and I get how parents are willing to try all kinds of things to keep their kids healthy. You know I’m a parent too and my two youngest have picked up their fair share of colds. So it would be great if it were that easy to avoid colds, but unfortunately, these 3 strategies are really just healthcare myths.
Vitamin C is often promoted to fight off colds. So science doesn’t support this?
Scientific evidence doesn’t back up the claims made and these types of products have not been proven to prevent colds. So why is it that manufacturers can make such bold claims? It’s because the FDA does not regulate supplements and vitamins. So companies don’t have to prove that their product actually works.
So what are the best strategies to prevent colds?
Colds are spread through germs, not because you have wet hair and you’re outside. I think being outdoors is very important. So go for a walk, build a snowman, and get some exercise as it can boost your immune system. Which can fight off colds. I have other strategies so here are my prescriptions:
- Germs live on surfaces and are easily picked up by our hands. So please tell your kids not to put their hands in their mouths. And if they’re a thumb sucker, please work on breaking that habit.
- Kids spend a lot of time at school so make sure they understand how important it is to wash their hands often using soap and water. If they can’t do that, hand sanitizer may be a decent substitute.
- Colds can be spread through coughing and sneezing. So use a tissue or the crook of your elbow as this helps prevent mucous droplets from spreading.
- And lastly, your child should not share any of their utensils or drinks with others. Especially if they are sick.
Learn more on how to avoid common winter ailments here.
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