Monday, November 19 2012, 05:38 PM MST
How To Keep Kids From Spreading Germs
(CNN) Be sure to stock up on Kleenex and Tylenol.
It is cough and cold season –a season when the little ones are sniffling and sneezing.
So what can you do to keep kids from spreading germs?
Ainsley Rossi knows that it's hard to keep germs from spreading when one of her children gets sick.
“I just know that all three, all three are going to get sick,” Rossi said.
Earlier this year Sofia was diagnosed with an ear infection, and now, “Fiona is getting over a cold, and Sofia is getting over a fever, and Noah is getting over a cold,” Rossi said of her three children.
But there are things parents can do to fight back and one of the best is to clean.
“Germs can live on surfaces for anywhere from two hours to two days or more, and they can spread up to about six feet in the air,” Dr. Jennifer Shu with the American Academy of Pediatrics said.
The common cold is often the culprit this time of year, and Dr. Shu says young children can get between 6 to 10 colds a year.
So Ainsley disinfects all kinds of shared surfaces such as countertops, sink faucets, toilet flushers, door knobs and refrigerator handles –and then there are the toys.
She also has all three wash their hands on a regular basis.
Parents can designate a certain colored cup for each child in hopes of reducing the spread of germs.
And when a child is sick, try to keep him or her home from daycare or school.
Also be sure to give your kids vitamins and juice –vitamin C can help boost your child's immune system.
Lastly, be sure to teach your kids about the importance of washing their hands.