Colds and Fluswww.fridayschildmontessori.com
So your child is under the weatherand doesn’t feel like coming along  to join us at Friday’s Child           Montessori.
You think that he or she has a cold or the flu and think that it’s best  that he or she doesn’t go today.
Good move – whether it’s a cold or the flu, it’s best to keep your child home if he or she is sick so all theother childre...
Should you be getting in touch with         your local GP?
Montessori principles advocatesharing – but there are some thingsthat we really, really don’t want you to share!) But does...
Colds and flus have a lot incommon. They are both spread by  viruses rather than bacteria.
Viruses and bacteria are lumpedtogether as “germs” when you’reexplaining about the principles ofhygiene to a child, but th...
Bacteria are single-celled  organisms that reproduce by  splitting in the same way thatamoebae do, and there are some“help...
and the bacteria that ferment wine,cheese and yoghurt. Viruses, on the other hand, reproduce by sneaking    into your cell...
like a cuckoo laying eggs in another   bird’s nest. Unless you count the   viruses that are used for genetic       modific...
At this point, you might be asking,             so what?
Why is it important to know thatcolds and flus are spread byviruses instead of bacteria?
Well, it’s only bacterial infections      that you can fight with            antibiotics.
Antibiotics don’t do diddley-squat tohelp deal to viral infections. In fact,   if you try fighting a virus with antibiotic...
superbugs being dangerous bacteria  that are resistant to antibiotics. Anumber of worried parents have triedasking the doc...
Both the cold and flus share afew symptoms and they both are   spread by various insanitary   habits such as not washing  ...
sharing food and drink items,   picking noses and so forth.  However, the flu is a lot moredangerous than a cold. People c...
look at what happened in a lot of the Western world shortly afterWorld War 1 (as if enough people      hadn’t died already...
fatalities of this particular strain ofthe flu are in the millions, making itabout as big a medical disaster as  the Plagu...
Keep your child away from coldsand flus. If symptoms occur, consult               your GP.
A friendly reminder bywww.fridayschildmontessori.com
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http://www.fridayschildmontessori.com/blog/colds-and-flus Colds and flus are very similar, as both are spread by viruses. Because they are viruses rather than bacteria, they cannot be treated with antibiotics. The flu can be fatal, depending on the strain, so all strains are closely monitored by scientists to help prevent pandemics.

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  1. 1. Colds and Fluswww.fridayschildmontessori.com
  2. 2. So your child is under the weatherand doesn’t feel like coming along to join us at Friday’s Child Montessori.
  3. 3. You think that he or she has a cold or the flu and think that it’s best that he or she doesn’t go today.
  4. 4. Good move – whether it’s a cold or the flu, it’s best to keep your child home if he or she is sick so all theother children at the early childhood centre don’t get it.
  5. 5. Should you be getting in touch with your local GP?
  6. 6. Montessori principles advocatesharing – but there are some thingsthat we really, really don’t want you to share!) But does your child justhave a cold or does he or she have the flu?
  7. 7. Colds and flus have a lot incommon. They are both spread by viruses rather than bacteria.
  8. 8. Viruses and bacteria are lumpedtogether as “germs” when you’reexplaining about the principles ofhygiene to a child, but they aren’t the same thing.
  9. 9. Bacteria are single-celled organisms that reproduce by splitting in the same way thatamoebae do, and there are some“helpful” bacteria around, like theones that live in your insides andkeep your intestines healthy; the yeasts in bread;
  10. 10. and the bacteria that ferment wine,cheese and yoghurt. Viruses, on the other hand, reproduce by sneaking into your cells and using their mechanisms to reproduce – they squirt their DNA into the nucleus of one of your cells,
  11. 11. like a cuckoo laying eggs in another bird’s nest. Unless you count the viruses that are used for genetic modification (and that’s a controversial topic), there are few helpful ones, if any.
  12. 12. At this point, you might be asking, so what?
  13. 13. Why is it important to know thatcolds and flus are spread byviruses instead of bacteria?
  14. 14. Well, it’s only bacterial infections that you can fight with antibiotics.
  15. 15. Antibiotics don’t do diddley-squat tohelp deal to viral infections. In fact, if you try fighting a virus with antibiotics, the only thing you’regoing to do is increase the chance of superbugs developing,
  16. 16. superbugs being dangerous bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics. Anumber of worried parents have triedasking the doctor for antibiotics when their child has a nasty cold, but this isn’t the best thing.
  17. 17. Both the cold and flus share afew symptoms and they both are spread by various insanitary habits such as not washing hands properly,
  18. 18. sharing food and drink items, picking noses and so forth. However, the flu is a lot moredangerous than a cold. People can die from the flu –
  19. 19. look at what happened in a lot of the Western world shortly afterWorld War 1 (as if enough people hadn’t died already!):
  20. 20. fatalities of this particular strain ofthe flu are in the millions, making itabout as big a medical disaster as the Plague in the Middle Ages or AIDS in Africa today.
  21. 21. Keep your child away from coldsand flus. If symptoms occur, consult your GP.
  22. 22. A friendly reminder bywww.fridayschildmontessori.com

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