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This week: childhood illnesses, portion sizes, more

Colds and viruses get passed around by children, but families can get through such illnesses by following some simple practices and staying in touch with a doctor, says Dr. Jaclyn Sisskind, a pediatrician at Upstate University Hospital.

Sisskind advises parents to check out day care facilities before enrolling their children, to keep vaccinations current and to demonstrate proper sanitary habits -- such as how to blow one’s nose or wash one’s hands. On this week’s "HealthLink on Air" she also addresses how to deal with head lice, whooping cough, ear infections, fevers and antibiotics.

Also on this week’s show: portion sizes, and entrepreneurship in medicine. Join us this Sunday at 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. for "HealthLink on Air" on WRVO.