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Helpful Tools & Tips for Moms

Moms know they can trust Triaminic®. Moms also know how to put helpful tips and tools to good ude. Try our new Cold & Flu Symptom Tracker to help you make good decisions for your child's health!

Fend off the Flu

"Certain healthy habits can help reduce your child's risk of getting the flu," says pediatrician Ari Brown, MD, spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics. We asked Dr. Brown, who's also the mother of two young children, how she protects her own kids from the flu. Here's her parent-to-parent advice:

To get Devon to wash her hands, we play a game of Follow the Leader. If I spend a few minutes rubbing my hands together with soap under the water, she will do the same. - Lisa, RI

Play hand-washing police. Kids should wash hands with soap and water often, especially

  • Before, during, and after preparing food
  • Before eating
  • After using the bathroom
  • After handling animals or animal waste
  • When their hands are dirty
  • When someone in your home is sick

Because thorough hand washing should take 10 to 15 seconds, make it fun: Count to 15 in another language, or sing the alphabet song.

Tell your kids their face is off-limits. The flu virus enters through the eyes, nose, and mouth, so kids (and adults) should never touch their faces unless they've just washed their hands.

Keep your distance. Encourage your kids to steer clear of people who are sick-or feel sick.

Avoid sharing food, drinks, and utensils. Ask your kids not to share drinking glasses-and to break off portions of food and to pour off beverages before consuming them. Then they can share the food with others.

Since the age of 6 months, Olivia's bedtime routine has been the same – play time, bath, pajamas, bottle, story, then bed. Keeping things consistent have helped her come to love bedtime! - Michelle, MA

Make sure your children get enough sleep. Too little sleep can make kids feel run-down and lower their immunity. Yet a National Sleep Foundation poll found that most children need 1 to 3 more hours of sleep than they're getting every night. How much should they be getting? Experts recommend 11 to 13 hours a night for preschoolers and kindergartners and 10 to 11 hours for school-aged children. How to make sure they get it: Establish an earlier-bedtime routine, because early awakenings for school or day care can cut short the sleep kids need.

Let your kids stay home when they're sick. They'll feel better sooner and won't pass their illness on to their classmates.

Keep tissues handy. The flu spreads when infected people cough or sneeze. So encourage your kids to cough and sneeze into a tissue or their upper arm if tissues aren't available. (Coughing into a bare hand can also spread germs if kids touch something before they can wash.)

Use those wipes! Flu germs can live for several hours on surfaces such as countertops and doorknobs. Wipe down contaminated objects with soap and water.

Ask your doctor about antiviral medications. Although not approved for use in children under 1, these drugs can be used in older children and adults to prevent influenza or treat the flu within the first 2 days of onset.

Live a healthy lifestyle. Whether they're sick or not, your kids should eat a diet loaded with fruits and vegetables, and get plenty of exercise. A healthy lifestyle may help prevent them from getting sick in the first place.

FLU FACT: Young children can be infectious for up to 6 days before their symptoms appear.

If Your Child DOES Get the Flu...

My son Alex usually puts up a fight when he needs medicine for a cold. So I sometimes ‘give' a little medicine to one of his toy trains. Once he sees what a ‘big boy' the train is, he'll take his medicine so he can be a big boy too. - Kerry, PA

Even if you take all the preventive steps you can, sometimes the flu virus can still set up camp in your household. Watch for flu symptoms, which can include these:

  • High fever
  • Headache
  • Tiredness/weakness
  • Dry cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Body or muscle aches
  • Diarrhea and vomiting (more common for children)

You can find relief for many of these symptoms with the range of multiple-symptom formulas Triaminic® offers for your child. To find the right Triaminic® product for your child, click here.