ANN ARBOR, Mich. (FOX 13) - Colder weather often brings common colds, but most parents are relying on three common myths to keep their children healthy, according to a Michigan hospital.
Researchers surveyed more than 1,000 parents with children between the ages of five and 12 for a poll, which was released by C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital on Monday. The results showed that the majority of parents use strategies with little to no scientific evidence.
The poll showed 51 percent of parents gave their child vitamins or supplements to prevent colds, while 70 percent preventing their child from going outside with wet hair. They also encouraged them to stay inside rather than playing or spending time outside when it is cold.
Doctors said colds are the result of viruses spreading most frequently from person to person. This can be from mucous droplets from the nose or mouth that a child can come into direct contact with, or through the air by sneezing or coughing.
Doctors said there is no evidence that giving a child vitamins or other products advertised to boost the immune system can prevent a common cold. They said the best way to prevent a cold is to practice good hygiene, which most of the poll parents say they do.
The results also showed that 99 percent of the surveyed parents include strong personal hygiene to avoid a cold, and doctors said that helps prevent spreading the sickness. This includes washing hands, keeping the house clean, and avoiding sick friends.