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      Making the common cold not so common

      What can parents do to limit the spread of germs in the home when one child is sick?

      There are things parents can do to fight back and one of the best is to clean. Dr. Shu says germs can live on surfaces for anywhere from 2 hours to 2 days or more and they can spread up to about 6 feet in the air.

      The common cold is very common this time of year, and Dr. Shu says young children can get between 6 and 10 colds a year.

      To prevent the spread of germs disinfect all kinds of shared surfaces such as counter tops, sink faucets, toilet flushers, door knobs, refrigerator handles. and don't forget the toys. Also, encourage frequent hand washing!

      Parents can also designate a certain colored cup for each child in hopes of reducing the spread of germs.