Last week I was lacking motivation to sit and write a good post, so I didn’t post anything after Wednesday. I should have taken that as a sign as to what was coming, thankfully though it wasn’t the flu. I now have yet anther cold. We all have had our time with it. It seems this year we have had more than our share of colds with Austin bringing germs home from school.
Cold and Flu Season
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My essentials for when our family starts sniffling and sneezing.
From the time Austin had her first cold (at very young) I started buying Puffs Plus Lotion. I won’t go back to cheaper tissues. When we have colds we try to get some Puffs Plus Lotion with Vicks.
From sore throats to coughs. The moment I feel a sore throat coming on I start drinking hot water with honey and lemon. It soothes and helps heal. I also use honey in a hot cup of tea.
Oh how I love thee! I think Vicks VapoRub is part of the reason our kids don’t seem to get as sicks as we do. I coat their feet each night at the first sign of a cold. If Austin starts sneezing, coughing, or complaining of a sore throat, they all get their feet coated.
Hot shower or bath. Nothing soothes a sore, achy body like more water. The steam also helps open airways and sinuses.
Take naps, lay back on the couch. Movie day with the family might just slow your younger ones down enough for you to rest.
Whether you have fresh or canned, I find goes down the easiest. I’m not big on cooking while I’m sick, and no one should be eating food I’ve prepared while sneezing, coughing and my nose dripping.
Taking Tylenol can help to relieve sinus pressure headaches, and aches and pains. All the things that can keep you from getting the rest that you need to feel better.
Simply raising your pillow can help a lot. Sleeping prompted up a bit with pillows can help you breathe a little easier and help with coughing. I usually sleep on the couch sitting up when I’m sick.
I keep a box of children’s and adult Gravol in our house at all times. Vomiting and diarrhea take a lot out of person and a lot out of the parents trying to help their little ones feel better when they have the flu.
Let’s not forget that hand washing can help reduce the spread of germs in the first place.
P.S. I also love my Neti Pot! I just bought this one this afternoon as mine disappeared during our last move. I find a sinus cold never lasts as long when I use it.