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Preventing and Managing Colds

Saturday evening, Big Bub and I attended an informative cold and flu prevention event hosted by Puffs and Dr. Tanya Remer Altmann at Apple Seeds, one of Bub's favorite haunts.

Dr. Tanya, a UCLA-trained pediatrician and parenting expert, gave us an overview of the common cold and her techniques for how best to prevent getting one and spreading it.

Cold hard facts:

  • The common cold is the most frequent cause of school and work absenteeism.
  • On average, adults will get two to five colds per year while kids will get six to nine;parents are prone to catching them from their kids.
  • About one billion people will have a cold at any time during the year, but colds are most prevalent between August and April .
  • Sneezing is the most efficient method of spreading the common cold (the average sneeze travels up to 100 MPH!)
  • We use three times as many tissues (an average of 24-a-day) while sick.

Best ways to prevent and manage colds:

  • Practice healthy habits: get plenty of sleep, exercise, and eat healthy.
  • Wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Soothe cold symptoms by drinking fluids and running a vaporizer or a cool humidifier at night.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and put your used tissue in the trash. Teach children to cough into their elbow if they don't have a tissue handy.

We got a hands-on demo of the strength and gentleness of Puffs' tissues from Stan the "Sneeze Machine."

Bub was so excited he marched directly to the front of the line and demanded to go first. I wonder who he gets that from?

Puffs event with Dr. Tanya at Apple Seeds

Dr. Tanya's Nose-Blowing Tips:

  • Use a gentle but strong tissue.
  • Place your finger over once nostril.
  • Gently blow out of the other nostril.
  • Switch nostrils and repeat.
  • Throw your tissue away promptly.
  • Wash your hands with soap.

Dr. Tanya's Hand-Washing Tips:

  • Wet your hands with warm running water.
  • Apply a small amount of soap.
  • Rub your hands together for about 10 times.
  • Rinse your hands under the running water.
  • Dry your hands thoroughly with a clean towel.

After the demonstration, moms were treated to massages while the kids ran wild:

Puffs' Event with Dr. Tanya Altmann

Thank you to Puffs and Dr. Tanya for an informative and relaxing evening. I love events that Bub can participate in, especially since he's the one calling the shots around here.

{Disclosure: Our travel costs were covered to attend the Puffs event and we received sample products for consideration. All opinions and recommendations expressed herein are my own.}