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Most Parents Still Rely on Myths to Avoid Colds

It’s that time of year again FLU SEASON and with the recent measle outbreak in Clark Co, people are all questioning what to do. When it comes to preventing colds, most parents trust the advice passed down by their own parents and grandparents. Do you remember your grandparents saying things like this – Going outside with wet hair can make you sick – Thats a myth, Being exposed to cold air can cause a cold. That also is a Myth.

The reality is that going outside with wet hair does not make you sick. Williamson explained that in order to catch a cold, you need to be exposed to an infectious agent, and although wet hair may make you chilly, it does not attract or make you more susceptible to infectious agents responsible for the common cold.   Parents are also using methods backed by science to prevent colds, such as teaching hand-washing and personal hygiene, avoiding others who are sick, and household cleaning. But 70% also reported believing in “folklore strategies” to prevent colds, and another 51% reported relying on multivitamins and supplements, which have not been shown to prevent colds in children.

The best thing to do if you think you might have a cold is to

1. Stay home do not go to work and infect your workspace or co-workers

2. Rest up! get lots of sleep put down the mobile phone  you won’t miss anything on social media

3.  Wash your hands,  2 – 3 times a day

4. Like my grammy always said  enjoy a good bowl of warm Chicken Soup its good for you and your soul

 

 


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