What can I do to prevent repeated infections in my child?
- If you smoke, stop. Until you quit completely, smoke only outside of your home and outside of your car. Smoking in a room away from your child does not help. Air filters also do not help protect your child from secondhand smoke.
- The worst season for colds is the winter. If you have a relative or friend who can take care of your child during the winter, you could move your child out of day care, where so many other children would have colds. Smaller home-care situations (with 5 children or less) would be another good choice. Fewer children in day care means fewer infections to be exposed to.
- If you have a family history of allergies and asthma, you may want to have your doctor check your child for these conditions.
The. U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advises against the use of ear candles. Ear candles can cause serious injuries and there is no evidence to support their effectiveness. For more information, please visit the FDA Web site.
Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff