Nurse's Notes:Colds, Colds, Colds
Have you ever woken up in the morning with no energy, your head hurting, and your nose so stuffy you can't breathe? Chances are you have a cold. Kids can get up to 8 colds a year, with each lasting 5-7 days. A cold is an infection of the upper respiratory system which involves the nose, throat and ears. Colds are a virus and the best cure is your immune system. Your immune system helps you fight off illnesses. Colds do not need antibiotics.
The best way to prevent a cold is to make sure to eat healthy foods, drink lots of fluids and get plenty of rest. When coughing or sneezing make sure you cover the areas with a tissue or your arm, as this contributes to the spread of a cold. Frequent hand washing and not sharing utensils or cups will also help prevent the spread of colds. Most importantly, if you feel miserable, please stay home and rest as you will not only be doing yourself a service but also to those around you.