In their Keeping Kids Healthy column, UTMB Drs. Sally Robinson and Keith Bly wrote about the most common illnesses school kids get and give advice on what parents can do to prevent and treat these ailments. “School-aged youths have six to eight colds per year, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Caused by viruses, not by damp weather, colds spread through the air (via cough and sneeze droplets) and by direct contact (touching people and contaminated objects, such as doorknobs, toys and telephone receivers). From an infection-control standpoint, there isn’t much reason to keep your child out of school. Youngsters are contagious a day or two before the onset of symptoms, so by the time your child has a runny nose, other children probably have been exposed.”