It's not too late to protect your kids from the flu. The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention says there if flu activity in Nebraska and Iowa. And with upcoming holiday travel - Dr. Steve Sindelar in Bellevue says we can expect to see more. He says there is vaccine available - and reminds us children are able to receive the FluMist - the inhaled version of the flu vaccine. No needle required. Good hand washing also goes a long way in preventing the spread of the flu and other viruses.
Dr. Carey Ertz in Millard says winter weather can pose a number of problems for kids - including nosebleeds. If a child suffers from winter nosebleeds, she recommends using a cold air humidifier in their room at night. Saline nose drops or petroleum can also help keep tissues moist. If bleeding is severe or keeps happening - call your pediatrician. And when it comes to winter, dry skin - Dr. Ertz recommends going easy on the baths - especially for infants.
Bathing two or three times a week is good enough for an infant's first year. More frequent baths dry out the skin.
Dr. Robert Beer in West Omaha is seeing a lot of dry skin problems, too. His advice: Avoid overly hot water and harsh soaps. He also recommends using softened water and to be extra careful to rinse away any soap residue from the skin. After a shower, pat dry. Then immediately apply moisturizing lotion. Products with Vitamin E and high concentrations of Aloe are best. Finally, remember the gloves, hats and scarves to protect your skin from the cold and wind.