According to Yale Medicine, it’s not just COVID, influenza, and RSV that are worrying parents this season. There are also the Adenoviruses, which often present like the common cold, Human parechovirus (PeV), which causes a fever and respiratory distress, and Human parainfluenza viruses (HPIV), which also cause cold symptoms, but can lead to more distressing illnesses like pneumonia.
If you are a parent, you are likely concerned with how to keep your kids safe with all of these illnesses going around. VCU Health recommends getting your kids the flu shot and COVID vaccine if eligible. But, because RSV and other illnesses do not yet have a vaccine, it’s best to practice good hygiene. This means washing your hands often and keeping your distance from those who may have symptoms of illness. You can also add health benefits through their diet. Try to add antioxidant-rich foods like berries, grapes, and oranges to their plates, per Eat This, Not That. This time of year can be stressful for parents, but it doesn’t mean you have to halt your lives. Just be safe and prepared should your kids contract an illness.