Time flies so fast, it seems like it was yesterday we were just celebrating Christmas season and then all of a sudden it’s summer already. Maybe it’s true that time runs fast when you’re having fun and enjoying life.
With Summer officially started, it’s the perfect time to create unforgettable moments and happy bonding with our family or friends! But whether you are going to the beach, headed to an exciting overseas trip or just staying home, remember that scorching heat is not the only thing you should worry about.
We need to be aware that with the rise of the temperature, so does the risk of summer’s common illnesses and exposes us and our kids to a lot of environmental triggers that can ruin our fun in the sun moment.
For kids, there is nothing more exciting than summer. With school finally over, our kids can finally do the things that they want from cool summer activities to great adventures. It’s also a great time to yank our kids away from their mobile phones, tablets and gaming consoles and let them loose for some physical activities and exercise.
Playing outdoors is a great way to get them to be more active and serves as an opportunity for them to socialize with other children. Moms, however, should be cautious with their children’s playmates especially if one or several of them are coughing.
To help ensure fun and healthy summer for our family, GSK, one of the world’s leading research-based pharmaceutical company, held an event named Expert Moms Get Expert Help from GSK this Summer to educate mothers on how to correctly and promptly address cough and allergies for the entire family led by celebrity-host and Expert Mom herself Rica Peralejo.
According to her, “As a mom, I want to make sure that summer would become a memorable time for the whole family. My husband and I always make sure we take care of ourselves first so we can take care of our son, Philip. Being in tip-top shape allows our whole family to have the best summer and enjoy our vacations. Of course our priority is to keep Philip healthy, so we always make sure we are prepared with the necessary medications whenever we travel just in case he gets sick.”
Dr. Sheila Chua giving expert advice about cough and allergies
Important things that you should know about cough and colds:
- Cough and colds are quite common even during the summer because of erratic weather patterns that causes a shift in temperature.
- Coughing is a natural reflex and is usually a sign that your child’s body is trying to rid itself of an irritant, such as mucus or a foreign object. The most common cause of cough in kids is an upper respiratory tract infection from one of more than 100 cold viruses.
- Other common causes of cough include infection, asthma, allergies/sinusitis or pollution.
- Although cough is quite common, having a kid with cough is something you should take seriously as it may easily be passed on to other children with weakened immune systems.
- Cough caused by viral infections may result in fever, headache, and pains.
- Transmission may happen when an individual makes direct contact with an infected individual, or even infected surfaces such as doorknobs, computer keyboards, and gadgets and then touching their nose and mouth.
Two kinds of cough: dry cough and productive cough (cough with phlegm)
- For productive cough, pediatricians can recommend protussives such as Ambrolex® (Ambroxol), to enable the cough to get rid of excess mucus in the airways3.
- Unfortunately, a lot of cough medicines have a bitter aftertaste, which children dislike and often spit out, making medicine time difficult for moms. Ambrolex®, however, has a sweet blackcurrant flavor that kids will love, making cough medicine time easier for moms, and allowing their children to get better, faster.
- Should moms or their husbands also suffer from cough, Ambrolex® comes in thrice-a-day tablet and once-a-day capsule formats for adults that are both easy on the budget.
Ready for allergies
Another common problem of children during summer is allergies. To have allergies is to have the body’s immune system overreact to foreign substances or even a change in the environment.
When the body detects a foreign or potentially harmful substance, it produces antibodies and histamine, which are then released into the blood stream to fight it off. At that point, an inflammatory reaction happens. Some of the common symptoms of allergy are asthma-like symptom such as rapid, shallow breathing, wheezing, and cough. Other symptoms that can be observed are sneezing, itchiness, or development of rashes4.
Allergic reactions may also be triggered by allergens or substances that can be found in food such as peanuts, milk, eggs, seafood, etc. A lot of children also develop allergies to plants, pets, house dust mites, mold spores, or medications, especially antibiotics.
Of course, allergies are not limited to children — moms and their husbands can develop allergies too. When allergy happens, use the antihistamine that is trusted for 20 years, Virlix® (Cetirizine). It contains Cetirizine, an antihistamine that helps you manage the symptoms of your family’s allergies.
More information about Ambrolex® and Virlix®:
- Ambrolex®, GSK’s medicine for cough, is an Over-the-Counter (OTC) brand which is available in leading drugstores nationwide.
- Its generic name is Ambroxol, which works by making the phlegm thinner, less sticky, and therefore easier to transport out of the lungs.
- Available in both Pediatric (Syrup and Infant Drops) and Adult Formats (thrice-a-day tablets and once-a-day capsule).
- It is more affordable than the leading Ambroxol brand by as much as 6%, allowing patients to enjoy savings on their cough medication.
- Virlix® (Cetirizine), is a second-generation antihistamine that works by reducing inflammation, swelling, congestion, mucus production, and other symptoms of allergies that are caused by histamines.
- Histamine is a naturally occurring substance produced by the body after being exposed to an allergen.
- Less-sedating than its counterparts such as Hydroxyzine and Chlorpheniramine, and works faster (i.e. in 42 minutes) than Loratadine (which works in 3-4 hours).
- It is available in both Pediatric (Syrup & Infant Drops), and Adult Formats (once-a day tablets), and is available nationwide in leading drugstores.
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