Kids and germs seem to go together like peanut butter and jelly. But, there are ways that parents can help protect their kids from the usual barrage of back-to-school illnesses, a health expert says.
Make sure children get plenty of sleep and eat a well balanced diet.
Most kids need at least nine hours of sleep each night. It's also a good idea to make sure children get enough vitamin C to boost their immune system.
Despite widespread use, antibiotics are not an effective treatment for milder cases of the skin condition eczema in children, a new study contends.
One pediatrician who reviewed the findings called them "terribly important" for eczema care.
"This is a good example of a common situation in medicine," said Dr. Michael Grosso. "A particular intervention 'makes sense,' becomes common practice -- and often becomes the so-called 'standard of care' -- only to be proved ineffective when the therapy is subjected to scientific investigation."