Spring Brings Colds and Allergies

– Posted in: Child Health

March Roars In Like a Lion!

Hello Everyone;

With spring upon us I wanted to take the time to share some important information with you about keeping your children and family safe.

With the spring come longer daylight hours, wind, rain, new growth and ALLERGIES.  It is sometimes difficult to tell whether your child is suffering with Allergies or a contagious cold or illness.  Webmd.com offers the following information.

What Are Colds and Allergies?

Colds are caused by hundreds of different viruses. When one of these viruses gets into your body, your immune system attacks it. Some of the effects of this immune response are the classic symptoms of a cold, such as congestion and coughing.

The germs that cause colds are contagious. You can pick them up when an infected person sneezes, coughs, or shakes hands with you. After a couple of weeks, at the most, your immune system fights off the virus and you should stop having symptoms.

Allergies are caused by an overactive immune system. For some reason, your body mistakes harmless substances — such as dust or pollen, for germs and attacks them. Your body releases chemicals such as histamine, just as it does when fighting a cold. This can cause swelling in your nasal passages, a runny nose, coughing, and sneezing. Allergies are not contagious, although some people may inherit a tendency to develop them.

The site goes on to list the differences between colds and allergies and prevention and treatment of colds and allergies.  If you would like further information please go to http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/cold-guide/common-cold-or-allergy-symptoms.

 Severe Weather Preparedness

The other topic I would like to talk about is Severe Weather Preparedness.  At Junior’s Junction we practice Severe Weather Drills to help our children be prepared in case of an emergency.  Junior’s Junction has multiple rooms that are away from windows and outside doors.  In case of a Severe Weather Alert, our teachers will move the children in their care to a designated classroom until it is safe to return to their classroom.  Severe Weather Drills are a good idea to practice at home with your family.  If you need information on best practices and emergency preparedness drills check out http://www.ready.gov/severe-weather.

Here’s to a safe and healthy spring!



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