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Tip of the Week #8

There is no need to use antibacterial soap! Antibacterial soap attacks all bacteria, both good and bad, and can cause bacteria to become resistant to antibiotics.  Plain soap effectively removes bad germs from the skin without leading to antibiotic resistance.

Tip of the Week #13

Colds, flu, croup, laryngitis and most cases of bronchitis in children and adults are due to viruses. Antibiotics will not help!

Tip of the Week #11

Viruses are more contagious than bacteria. If more than one person in your family has the same illness, odds are it is a viral infection, and antibiotics will not work!

Tip of the Week #9

Plain soap is just as good as antibacterial soap in preventing infections, but does not lead to antibiotic resistance. There is no advantage in using antibacterial soap.

Tip of the Week #22

More than 75% of children with ear infections will get better without antibiotics. Wash your hands frequently and teach your children to wash their hands because most ear infections occur after a cold.

Tip of the Week #12

A child’s behavior is more important than their fever for telling you when to worry. Children with viral infections usually feel better when their fever is reduced. Children with bacterial infections, especially pneumonia, usually continue to feel bad even if their fever is brought down.

Tip of the Week #7

Expect your doctor, dentist, nurse or therapist to wash their hands before they examine you.

Tip of the Week #4

Always wash your hands after blowing your nose, coughing into your hand or after helping a child with a runny nose.

Tip of the Week #3

Always wash your hands before eating or preparing food, and before breastfeeding.

Tip of the Week #24

A child should be examined by a doctor three months after an ear infection to make sure there is no fluid left in the ear as this may lead to hearing problems. There is no need to see a doctor immediately after an ear infection if the child is feeling better. As many as half of all children with ear infections still have fluid in the ear after one month. This is normal and will go away by three months in most children.