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The 411 on Germs & Overcoming the “Ew-iest” Toddler Situations + $25 VISA GIVEAWAY! {CLOSED}

This post has been sponsored by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. All thoughts and reviews are my own.

There isn’t a day that goes by when I don’t think about germs. I’m not saying I am a germaphobe, but as a mom these past four years, I’ve been introduced to some very EW! filled moments and know that there will never be a time in my life when germs aren’t part of my life – mother or not. Being a mom, you just grow to accept that little kids are a feeding ground for germs. In fact, I bet germs’ favorite people in the whole wide world are kids! They seem to latch on to them oh so well!

I like to think that I’m a fairly prepared mom and so when it comes to combating sickness with my little ones, I always, always, always have children medicine on hand.

With the expertise of pediatric doctor Dr. Nina Shapiro and microbiologist Dr. Charles Gerba, I’m sharing a few facts I learned about how germs exist beyond what meets the eye – some of these statistics are pretty surprising! For fun, I also provided a EW rating on how gross I think the statistic is.

What one did you find most interesting?

Half of students don’t wash their hands after using the bathroom – and those who do don’t even use soap!

Desks often have more bacteria than a toilet seat and if eating happens in class, the number of germs multiples.

Each keyboard contains up to 1.3 million germs – that’s more than 135 million germs on the entire keyboard, and a standard iPad screen has up to 192 million bacteria!

More than 38 million school days are missed by U.S. children each year due to the flu.

Parents miss about 126 million workdays annually caring for a sick child, which equates to 40 billion lost dollars.

Colds and other respitaroy infections are spread by the hands and touching the nose or eyes, while 81 percent of people with the flu virus spread it through the air when they cough.

With all the yucky germs out there, children are bound to get sick no matter how hard we try to prevent it as parents. We certainly can’t wrap our kids in bubble wrap in attempts to shield them from those pesky germs, so I’m thankful that there are trusted products from Pfizer Consumer Health that offer solutions to our little ones’ sickness and “ew-iest” symptoms.

Children’s Advil® is a solution for kids as young as 2 and up to 11. Children’s Advil® comes in several kid-friendly flavors including: Sugar-free dye-free Berry, Bubble Gum, Grape, Blue Raspberry, Fruit and Dye-Free White Grape flavors. There is also Infants’ Advil® White Grape, which provides unsurpassed fever relief and a product we have used since Truman was a little one.

When your child has a cough, Robitussin®’s Children Extended-Release 12 Hour Cough Relief helps control and relieve symptoms all day and all night. Available in orange or grape flavor, for ages 4 and up. **Please note that while most Children’s Robitussin products  can be used starting at age 4, some are only for children that are ages 6 and up.

Children’s Dimetapp® Multi-Symptom Cold Relief Dye-Free helps to ease your child’s stuffy and runny nose, while quieting a bothersome cough. Also in a tasty grape flavor that’s dye-free and for children ages 6 and up!


Thanks to Pfizer Pediatrics, one lucky reader of The Mixed Bag will win:

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(1) Children’s Advil® Suspension in Grape

(1) Children’s Robitussin® Extended-Release 12 Hour Cough Relief

(1) Children’s Dimetapp® Multi-Symptom Cold Relief Dye-Free

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  • Reply
    Mary Hunnicutt
    February 22, 2017 at 8:23 am

    Those are my trusted brands. My son is 16 and recently had the 3 week long cough and cold and I game him Robitussin cough.

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    Lisa Brown
    February 22, 2017 at 10:22 am

    I always have cough/cold meds, kleenex, vitamin c gummies.

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    Julie Wood
    February 22, 2017 at 10:26 am

    I always have children’s Advil on hand when my child gets sick.

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    February 22, 2017 at 10:37 am

    I always have cough drops on hand.

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    February 22, 2017 at 11:12 am

    I always give my niece my stash (i.e. free samps) of Hyland’s since it’s not quite strong enough for us.

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    February 22, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    I have tissues and cold meds on hand

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    gloria patterson
    February 22, 2017 at 2:05 pm

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    Steve Weber
    February 22, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    I always have Kleenex and cold medicine on hand.

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    Jessica To
    February 22, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    I always have a fever reducer and tissues on hand.

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    Rana Durham
    February 22, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    i always have cough meds andcough drops on hand.

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    Janet W.
    February 22, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    We always have children’s Advil on hand whenever my grandsons are sick and running a fever.

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    February 22, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    I like to have Children’s Advil on hand at home.

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    February 22, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    I always have Advil and Kleenex with aloe on hand when my son gets sick.

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    shelly peterson
    February 22, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    I like to have tissue, Advil and Dimetapp on hand.

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    Marilyn Nawara
    February 22, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    I always have a supply of Advil on hand.

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    Tonya Mcminn
    February 22, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    When my kids get sick we always have a supply of Childrens Tylenol

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    Barbara Montag
    February 23, 2017 at 1:43 am

    If the kids have a cold we always have Vick’s Vaporub around.
    thank you

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    Sheila K.
    February 23, 2017 at 2:08 am

    I always have tissues and a thermometer.

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    February 23, 2017 at 11:12 am

    I always have Vicks, tissues, cough drops and hand sanitizer.

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    gloria patterson
    February 23, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    digital thermometer

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    February 23, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    I always have children’s Advil on hand when the kids are sick.

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    Donna L
    February 23, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    I always have a supply of cough and cold medication, Gatorade and tissues.

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    February 23, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    I have elderberry syrup on hand

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    February 23, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    I always keep a humidifier handy

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    amber cheras
    February 24, 2017 at 11:59 am

    I always have dimetapp on hand.

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    Sarah Mayer
    February 24, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    I always have Kleenex on hand when my kids get sick.

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    Cheryl B
    February 25, 2017 at 11:24 am

    We always have Children’s Advil on hand.

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    February 25, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    I always try to have honey on hand because it’s so soothing to the throat and helps coughs!

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    February 26, 2017 at 12:26 am

    I always have juice, acetaminophen, honey, chicken broth and tissues when the grandkids are sick.

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    Seyma Shabbir
    February 28, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    I always keep soup, juice and Childrens advil for fever.

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    Allison Swain
    March 1, 2017 at 8:42 pm

    Cough drops are a must. Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Bridgett Wilbur
    March 4, 2017 at 6:20 am

    I always have cold medication, tissues, lots of fluids, a warm blanket, and cartoon network.

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    Janice Cooper
    March 5, 2017 at 11:01 am

    I always have lots of tissues and medication on hand.

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    Jennifer Marie
    March 5, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    I always have liquid Advil.

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    Erika W.
    March 6, 2017 at 9:51 am

    I always have chewable ibuprofen, Acetaminophen, Kleenex with lotion and Robitussin on hand when my kids are sick.

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    Rajee Pandi
    March 6, 2017 at 10:16 pm

    I have fever reducer and cough syrup

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