Playtex publishes cough-cold guides for 'on-the-go' moms

SHELTON, Conn. — In support of its Wet Ones antibacterial hand wipes, Playtex Products on Tuesday introduced the "Twice as Handy Cough-and-Cold Season Guide," which features germ-fighting advice from microbiologist Benjamin Tanner, as well as practical tips for moms from parenting guru Stacy DeBroff.

"Studies have shown that most cold viruses are spread by surfaces through 'self-inoculation' where hands pick up cold viruses, and then touch the nose or eyes to initiate infection," Tanner said. "Washing hands often is a necessary task to ensure germ prevention and combat the spread of cold viruses."

"Moms are really pressed right now to make everything work doubly hard to keep their families healthy," DeBroff said. "There are simple things moms can do to make this time of the year easier." According to the guide, cough-cold germs can be found in nasal secretions of children for two to three weeks after the onset of symptoms. The guide advises moms to wash their kids' pillowcases and sheets in very hot water when someone in the family comes down with a cold or flu.

Families need to be especially vigilant this time of year to keep hands clean and prevent the spread of germs, Playtex noted. During those on-the-go moments when soap and water are not readily available, Playtex features its Wet Ones antibacterial hand wipes in two fragrances — fresh and citrus scent.

For the "Twice as Handy Cough-and-Cold Season Guide" and the full list of expert tips, visit

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