Wednesday, January 06, 2010
Check Out the Cold and Flu Symptom Tracker from Triaminic (and Enter to Win Triaminic Thin Strips: 3 Winners!)
My kids went back to school yesterday after the Winter Break. Fortunately, we were all healthy over the holidays, but now that all the children are back in school, it’s germ-sharing time! Little kids forget to wash their hands, sneeze into their elbows, and practice other disease-preventing behaviors, so it’s likely that many of them will be coming home sick from school soon.
A terrific online tool I recently discovered to help assess the risk of illness is called the Cold & Flu Symptom Tracker, offered by Triaminic®. It provides a weekly data feed of cold and flu symptom trends by state and metropolitan areas, plus other cold prevention tips for you and your family.
I checked it out and found that my area is under a “Moderate” threat for cold, cough and flu. That means that 5-10% of the population is currently affected. I feel fortunate that my area wasn’t listed as “High” (10-15% affected) or “Very High” (15-20% affected), but I plan to check it every week in case it changes! And, of course, I plan to continue to encourage my kids to adopt flu-fighting practices to avoid getting sick.
Other helpful items on Triaminic’s site include Sick Day Guidelines (Should your child stay home from school?), a Cold & Cough Guide (Is it a cold or allergies?), an Allergy Guide (How can you reduce allergy triggers?), and Fend Off the Flu tips (What are some healthy habits?). There’s even a coupon for $1.50 off Triaminic products. I’ve had really good luck in getting one of my sons to take cold medication by using the Triaminic Thin Strips. He likes to have them melt on his tongue, and I know that he’s getting the proper dosage.
Just go to http://triaminic.com/moms-just-know/triaminic-flu-tracker.shtml to access the Cold & Flu Symptom Tracker and the other great materials I just mentioned.
GIVEAWAY (3 winners!)
Triaminic has generously offered to give three readers of this blog their own Triaminic Prize Pack, which includes four boxes of Triaminic Thin Strips. To enter, go to the Cold & Flu Symptom Tracker at http://triaminic.com/moms-just-know/triaminic-flu-tracker.shtml, click on your state and nearest metropolitan area, and leave a comment here with the incidence level for your area (Low, Moderate, High, Very High). This first comment is mandatory to enter the giveaway.
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Three winners will be randomly selected from the qualified comments received by Wednesday, January 20, 2010, at midnight ET. Please leave an email address on one of your comments if it’s not available on your Blogger profile. Winners must respond within 72 hours or another winner will be drawn. U.S. addresses only.
CONTEST CLOSED. Congratulations to the three winners: Nancy S., Traci Fritz and jennielee226!
DISCLOSURE: I am not a medical professional, and this post should not be construed as medical advice. Your experience with Triaminic products may differ from mine. The makers of children’s cough and cold medicines are voluntarily changing the product labeling to read “Do not use for children under 4.” Ask your physician if over-the-counter medications are appropriate for your family. If you have general questions about Triaminic® products, contact the Triaminic Clinic at 1-800-KIDS-987. I received four boxes of Triaminic Thin Strips to facilitate this review, but no other compensation was provided.