Preventing infection and coping with grief during the holidays — tips from AboutKidsHealth

This is a guest post submitted by the AboutKidsHealth website. 

Prevent infection during the holidays


If you plan on attending large gatherings over the holidays, you can take certain precautions to protect kids from infections. In addition to obvious illnesses like colds and flu, bacteria and viruses can cause other infections such as otitis media (infection of the middle ear), so it is
important to wash hands often and try to keep children under 12 months old away from people with colds. Visit AKH to learn other ways to prevent an ear infection and see illustrations of how fluid can cause pain in a child’s ear.


Coping with grief
The holiday season can be difficult for some families— particularly those who have experienced the death of a loved one. In addition to articles on conditions and diseases, AboutKidsHealth also offers information on how grief affects both children and adults. Visit AKH for articles on:

AboutKidsHealth is SickKids’ patient-education website and features more than 3,500 articles, illustrations and videos on a range of paediatric health topics. For more information on grieving, ear infections, and other topics, visit