First off, make sure that you're not mistaking a cold for allergies. In early springtime especially, it can be difficult for even a doctor to distinguish the cause of a runny nose, as winter viruses may still be going around.  The lone giveaway symptom of allergies, however, is itchiness of the eye, nose, and/or roof of mouth.

Out of all the difficulties of parenting, your child's eating habits may frustrate you the most. After all, you encounter this issue multiple times per day! So here's a quick guide from Pediatric Associates to help you in the grocery aisles:

A new CDC study published today in Pediatrics is the first of its kind to show that the flu vaccination significantly reduced a child's risk of dying from influenza.  The study, which looked at data from four flu seasons between 2010 and 2014, found that flu vaccination reduced the risk of flu associated death by half (51 percent) amoung children with underlying high-risk medial conditions and by nearly two-thirds amoung healthy children.  The study findings underscore the importance of the recommendation by the CDC and American Academy of Pediatrics that all children 6 months and older get an annual flu vaccine.   See the complete study here.

Ensuring your child stays healthy throughout winter is no small task. The following list is a summary of the American Academy of Pedatrics' Winter Health Safety Tips: