Colds

How To Keep Your Child’s Colds At Bay This Winter

As frustrating as it may be, the common cold is an extremely common illness among young children and most are likely to have, on average, eight colds each year. Preschool age children are more prone to picking up colds because their immune systems are still immature making them susceptible to every contagious germ.  They are also not old enough to blow their nose and they don’t remember to wash their hands which makes it harder for them to fight the germs.  There are over 200 different viruses that can cause a cold and because they are viral infections, they are not treatable with antibiotics.

Children who attend daycare are also more likely to pick up colds, because the virus spreads from hand to hand contact as well as by infected objects such as books and toys.  The virus can live on an object for a couple of hours, so toys that get shared around at daycare are spreading the germs from one child to another.

The only way to really prevent a cold is to avoid all contact with those who are infected, but we all know that is rarely possible so here are some tips to help avoid colds and cope with them when your kids fall ill.

  • Because colds are spread by contact with infected surfaces the best way to help prevent colds is to teach your child to frequently and thoroughly wash their hands.  Ensure they use soap and water and they wash their hands after using the toilet as well as before every meal.
  • Another way that colds are spread is through the air so try and teach your children to use tissues from a young age.  Teaching them how to blow their nose or sneeze into a tissue can be difficult but eventually they’ll get it and it can help to prevent those nasty germs becoming airborne.
  • Don’t let your children share cups or water bottles as the germs can easily transfer from one mouth to another.
  • Make sure your children get plenty of rest and have a healthy diet including plenty of fruit and vegetables, to help boost their immunity.
  • If you child has a cold consider using a humidifier or vaporiser in their room at night, as this can help them to breathe easier.
  • Saline drops help to clear the nose and are great to use on young children.  You can purchase sprays from the chemist or make you own at home.
  • A chest rub with eucalyptus such as Euky Bear is great for treating a cold.  It helps to clear the nasal passages and can ease coughs.

Honey is a great remedy for colds and has been found to be just as effective as some cough medicines, but ensure your children are over 12 months before you give it to them.  Here is a basic home recipe for cough medicine that I use for my young ones.

Ingredients

¾ cup of honey

¼ cup of olive oil

juice of 2-3 lemons

Method

  1. Heat all of the ingredients in a pot then remove from heat and let cool.
  2. When you need to use it, heat a small amount until it is runny (because it normally goes quite firm once it’s hard).
  3. Give by the tablespoon.

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July 29, 2014

10 Ways To Fight A Cold

It’s easy to become run down during the cold and flu season, but many of us are feeling the effects of a cold coming into spring. If you’ve caught a cold, here are 10 healthy tips that may help you fight it quickly so you can get back to feeling your best.

1.       Rug up
It may sound simple enough, but keeping warm between seasons is key to fighting off the common cold. Dress warmly, particularly if heading out after dark! 

2.       In bed? Elevate your head
Adding an extra pillow under your head at night can help to alleviate coughs and ease sinus pressure. Make sure you get at least eight hours of sleep every night and apply Vicks VapoRub before bed to help relieve nasal congestion  and minor muscle aches for a good night’s sleep.

3.       Wash your hands
The surest way to catch a cold is to catch the germs that cause the cold. In fact, hand-washing is so important in eliminating germs, the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention made official guidelines! 

4.       Calm itching throats
Don’t let a dry, itchy throat stop you from going about your daily tasks. Coat your throat with the naturally-flavoured range of Vicks VapoNaturals throat drops.  For 2-in-1 relief, try Vicks VapoDrops to soothe your throat and clear your nose.

5.       Drink plenty of water
Be especially vigilant about drinking at least six to eight glasses of water a day during the cold and flu season. Water keeps your digestion working well, flushes the system and helps fights fatigue. 

6.       Love your shower
Care for a stuffy head by running a hot shower or bath and let the steam fill the room; a simple trick that might even help you breathe easier! 

7.       Be prepared
Coughs and sniffles can be a nuisance. Be prepared by keeping your favourite Vicks products on hand for when symptoms strike. If you’re out and about, carry Vicks Sinex with you for quick and effective relief from a blocked nose for up to 12 hours. 

8.       Keep exercise to a minimum
Gentle exercise is ok if you’re fighting cold symptoms, the simple act of sweating can help expel harmful germs, but if you have a fever, give your gym shoes a rest.

 9.       Eat for relief
Hot soups and drinks can work wonders for clearing a stuffy nose.

10.   Be patient
Give your body time to recover!

What are your best tips for relieving cold and flu symptoms?

August 22, 2013