This post has been sponsored by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. All thoughts and reviews are my own.
Spring is almost here and that means the return of warmer weather, spring flowers and yes, spring allergies and colds! We’ve had a flux of weather here lately, from abnormally warm days to 15 inches of snow on the ground and when my daughter showing signs of a nasty cold, I knew it was time to get into action. Thankfully when sick gets real, I have an arsenal ready to go and thanks to Pfizer Pediatric products, I know that cold will be gonzo really quick!
I love the winter but by this time of year I am definitely ready for the warmer weather! I feel like from Christmas to spring, kids everywhere are spreading their sick germs around and finally my kids have started to feel it. We all know that schools are a hotbed for germs but did you know that often half of students don’t wash their hands after using the bathroom, and of those many who don’t even use soap?? Also, less than one-third of teachers said they regularly disinfect germ-laden objects in the classroom, which is why desks often have more bacteria than a toilet seat! Up to 2.7 million bacterial cells per square inch can live on common school surfaces such as water fountains, desks, computer keyboards, bus seats and cafeteria trays. No wonder everyone is so sick!
As a parent, this time of year is my least favorite part of the fall and winter seasons. Once one of my kids get sick it’s often a back and forth pos spreading germs around till spring arrives. When this happens, I am glad that I stay prepared by being sure my cabinet is stocked full with Pfizer Pediatric products.
When sickness does strike, I am sure to clean well, disinfecting surfaces my kids touch, being sure they get tons of rest and fluids and push the hand washing. It’s also important to keep them home from school so they don’t spread their germs around to their classmates!! Thankfully I have some more help too from my Pfizer products. Pfizer has partnered with Pediatric doctor Dr. Nina Shapiro and microbiologist Dr. Charles Gerba to share their expertise on how germs exist beyond what meets the eye and how to get kids back to being kids again when germs cause those Sick just got real.™ moments.
We all know schools are germ breeding grounds, but did you know:
Germs at play
- The sun’s ultraviolet light rays kill bacteria, so playground equipment in the shade will have more bacteria.
- Sandboxes are a germ culprit, particularly if they remain uncovered overnight, which allows bacteria to enter.
- Any microorganisms on kids’ hands will spread to monkey bars, slides, teeter totters, swings and other touched surfaces where other children can then pick them up when playing.
“Ew” is in the air
- In addition to school and the playground, the supermarket is a festival of “ew”, with shopping carts, credit card machines and reusable grocery bags acting as the leading germ carriers.
- Some germs can live on dry surfaces, such as toys, for several hours.
- Colds and other respiratory infections are spread by the hands and touching the nose or eyes, while 81 percent of people with the flu virus spread it through the air when they cough.
- Most kids touch up to 20 objects per minute and touch their face 50 times per hour – leading to wide germ spreading.
Say goodbye to perfect attendance
- More than 38 million school days are missed by U.S. children each year due to the flu.
- Parents miss about 126 million workdays annually caring for a sick child, which equates to 40 billion lost dollars.
- Missing work to stay home with their sick kids and worrying about sickness outbreaks going around the classroom were the top concerns parents have when their child is sick at school.
Kids are going to get sick no matter how much you do to prevent it. When it does happen, the pediatric brands of Pfizer Consumer Healthcare are there to help with three solutions – Children’s Advil®, Children’s Robitussin® and Children’s Dimetapp® – to tackle the “ew”iest of symptoms:
- Ease those aches and pains, while reducing a child’s fever fast with Children’s Advil®, a great solution for kids as young as 2 and up to 11. Children’s Advil® comes in several great-tasting flavors, including: Sugar-free Dye-free Berry, Bubble Gum, Grape, Blue Raspberry, Fruit and Dye-Free White Grape flavors. There’s also Infants’ Advil® White Grape, which provides unsurpassed fever relief (among OTC pain relievers) with a syringe for easy dosing for children 6-23 months.
- For your child’s cough, trust Children’s Robitussin® Extended-Release 12 Hour Cough Relief to control and relieve symptoms all-day or all- night. Available in grape or orange flavor, for children ages 4 and up. Please note that while most Children’s Robitussin® products can be used starting at age 4, some are only for children age 6 and up.
- Children’s Dimetapp® Multi-Symptom Cold Relief Dye-Free eases your child’s stuffy and runny nose, while quieting a bothersome cough. All in a great-tasting grape flavor that’s dye-free, for children 6 and up.
*It is important to remember to always read and keep the cartons for complete warnings and dosing information on Pfizer Pediatric products and to use as directed!
So when the sick bug does strike, be sure you have plenty of products on hand can help relieve your child’s discomforts, making their sick days less “ew” and less of a struggle for you both! For more Sick Just Got Real Tips, visit Pfizer on Facebook and their Sick Just Got Real online headquarters!