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Smiling It Forward w/ Tylenol + Six Tips For Moms During Cold & Flu Season

by Nellie

Last week I attended Tylenol & Children Health Funds “Smiling It Forward” Tweet up right here in the city. If you remember, I went to this event last year and learned so much so it was a no brainer for me to attend again.

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This year, the event was held at the Hudson Terrace on the West Side. We were sent upstairs to the beautiful top floor which had a retractable roof…when I grow up I want a retractable roof on my house!

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Children’s Tylenol teamed up with the Children’s Health Fund  to create the the Smiling It Forward campaign. The Children’s Health Fund is a mobile clinic that serves NYC kids and adults who can’t otherwise get healthcare. Usually they visit shelters and sometimes they visit schools.

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The mobile clinic is one of the the most high tech mobile units I have ever seen. The patients get checked in and their medical history is saved so that they can be treated again in the future if they need to.

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There are lots of children books on the bus for the children and the entire unit is very child friendly. The doctors that have been working with the Children’s health Fund have been there for more than 10 years. Amazing.

The event featured Q&A from Tanya Altman, a world class pediatrician that is one of my favorite because she gets it. She is a mom of young children too and she totally gets it from a young moms perspective. We asked her a lot of questions and here are the highlights of the tips she gave. There was a lot of concern about the Entrovirus and fevers because with the changing of the seasons a lot of our young ones have been getting the cooties lately! There were questions on everything from how to stay germ free to when should you really get concerned when your child has a fever.

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Six Tips For Moms During Cold & Flu Season

  • If your child has a fever of over 104 you should contact your pediatrician immediately
  • If you have a child with asthma, talk to your doctor immediately if you feel that they might have caught the entrovirus
  • If after 3 or 4 days your child has a virus and it hasn’t gone away, you should call a doctor
  • Don’t forget that your smartphone/tablet/device has germs too, so clean it!
  • Kids Wellness Tracker app – Children’s Tylenol has an FREE app that keeps track of medications, flu shots and more
  • Plan ahead and stock up your medicine cabinet for cold and flu season, don’t forget to go through your medicine cabinet and get rid of old and expired medications.

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For more information on Enterovirus, check out these sources I scouted on the web:

Washington Post – What is Enterovirus?

Center of Disease Control – Prevention and treatment of Enterovirus

Have you been taking extra caution during this cold and flu season? Have you heard about the enterovirus?

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9 comments

Kristina Walters September 30, 2014 - 5:26 am

That’s an awesome idea! Every kid should have the opportunity to grow up healthy even if the parents don’t have healthcare.

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Frugal Flirty N Fab September 30, 2014 - 6:56 am

Thanks for the great tips I’m sure they’ll come in handy real soon! Great informative post!

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Janine Huldie September 30, 2014 - 7:13 am

Forgot about phones carrying germs for a moment there and thanks for the reminder. So wanted to attend this one and was invited, but had meetings at the elementary school that day for PTA for Emma. Maybe next year and one of these days we are so going to get to meet at an event like this (hoping at least).

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kita September 30, 2014 - 9:31 am

I know my phone is dirty going to clean it as soon as I finish this post. I have heard about this new virus spreading around to. I make my son wash his hands a bit more frequently now because germs are spreading

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Britt September 30, 2014 - 3:06 pm

The Hudson Terrace is so nice! I went there years ago and its perfect for warm weather!

I have heard of the entrovirus and it definitely concerns me. I am such a germaphobe! I am getting my flu shot tomorrow and I wash my hands like a crazy person. Everyone around me has been sick lately and I’m so paranoid about getting sick. Of course it’s going to be worse to have a newborn in the winter! I hope he doesn’t get sick!

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Leslie September 30, 2014 - 9:59 pm

Ugh, enterovirus is just ugly isn’t it? It’s always a good reminder to see what needs to be done to take care of our littles. Now I’m going to grab a clorox wipe and clean off my phone and iPad!

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Tamara September 30, 2014 - 11:25 pm

Can I just live there?? Retractable roof? Awesome!
Scarlet and Des both got colds, and Scarlet’s progressed into a fever/ear infection. It was quick, though.
They’re both really sturdy kids but I’m so scared. Last winter was TERRIBLE. Summer was a nice reprieve from cold and flu season.

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Michelle October 1, 2014 - 11:20 am

Good tip on the phone! I always forget that. Doorknobs too!

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Dr. Dawn July 26, 2018 - 1:07 pm

Anyone who works on a truck like that is a saint in their community!

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