Best News of the Day: Parents Get Fewer Colds

October 24, 2012 | By | Comments (0)

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You may think that sending Junior into the den of germs known as third grade makes you more likely to get sick. But according to new research led by Carnegie Mellon University, adults who have children are 52 percent less likely to catch colds than are adults without children.

Scientists exposed 795 healthy people between the ages of 18 and 55 to a virus that causes a common cold and found that participants with kids had a lower chance of catching the bug. In fact, those with three or more kids fought it off best of all.

To further defend yourself from the season’s viruses, try taking a brisk walk five times a week. Studies show that regular exercise can help reduce your likelihood of catching a cold.

You can also check out how to skip getting sick in 3 steps. And if you’re already ailing, consult our cold and flu remedy checklist for some relief.