So it happened, just as it always does. You armed yourself with everything To Prevent Cold and Flu Season From Taking Over Your Home, but somehow it made its way through your tough exterior. Your week or two of misery is here and now you need to know how to survive.
No worries I have your back, from one Mother to another we will get through this together.
Cold And Flu Survival Guide
Be sure to drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration and flush out mucus and other infections from your body. Some acidic fruit juices can upset an empty stomach or sore throat and avoid milk. Water and tea are the best remedies when fighting an illness, plus they warm your soul.
Boost Your Immune System
Think back to those days when you were a little girl and Grandma was forcing her Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup into you because she promised it would make you better – always listen to Grandma!
Maintain Ideal Humidity Levels
Ensure you have a humidifier in bedrooms to provide the right amount of moisture to help everyone in your home sleep soundly.
Did you know? Research has shown that maintaining indoor humidity levels between 40 to 60 per cent reduces the survival of flu viruses in the air.
May I suggest VICKS Sweet Dreams Cool Mist Humidifiers for your children’s bedroom?
- It comes in pink and blue to match the décor of your child’s room.
- My favourite feature is the independently controlled projector that offers three dream inspired scenes including: Safari, Sea and Starry Night.
- It releases a cool mist that helps reduce dry air discomforts that we Canadians experience during the harsh cold winter months.
- Plus, it has a slot for Vicks VapoPads Scent pads that send-off soothing vapours throughout the air.
- Available at most major retail stores; including Walmart, Toys R Us, Rexall, London Drugs, Jean Coutu and Loblaws for $64.99
- Visit www.kaz-canada.com for more details.
Make Germs Feel Unwelcome
When someone in the household is sick, it’s important to reduce germs on surfaces and in the air. Wipe down handles and other high traffic touched surfaces with an antibacterial cleanser. Use an air purifier to help reduce microscopic airborne germs.
May I suggest Honeywell True HEPA Allergen Remover Air Purifier for capturing certain airborne bacteria and viruses within your home? Air purifiers should be operated on the lowest speed setting during cold and flu season to help be most effective at capturing the smaller, more harmful particles.
This is especially important during the winter months, when you are more exposed to cold weather, keeping warm is an essential remedy to help you rest and sleep comfortably. They say once your feet are cold, your whole body will be soon too. Keep those toes warm in wool socks, snuggle up in your favourite blanket and have a warm cup of tea handy on your sick day!
Create a comfortable space to recuperate with all of your cold and flu necessities nearby. This may include blankets, a hot water bottle, books, movies, tissues and a dark room.
Take A Sick Day
Last and most important when you come down with the cold or flu, take a sick day! Letting your body and mind rest when suffering from a cold or flu will help your immune system fight infections. Staying home to recuperate will also prevent you from spreading germs to others which will be much appreciated by your coworkers and classmates during cold and flu season!
Check Accurate Body Temperature
A fever is an increased temperature of the body as it responds to an infection. Before I got an up-to-date thermometer I was using my Mother’s touch to determine temperatures. Let me tell you as much as I want to believe I have the Mother’s touch it is important to detect your accurate body temperature and no touch can do that with precision.
When you’ve determined there is in fact a fever listen to your Mother once again add soothing relief to lower the body’s temperature during a fever by placing a cool or wet towel on the back of your neck or underarms.
Use Lots of Tissues
If you’re coming down with a cold, stock up on tissues as a sanitary method of ridding your body of germs and avoid the risk of spreading it to those around you. Come on Mom we know you will be chasing those runny noses around all day, but don’t forget to blow yours too.
Is there a cold and flu survival tip I missed? Please share!
Thanks for reading In R Dream!
This is a first of a three part series sponsored by KAZ where I will be sharing ways to Breathe Easy, Sleep Tight during our cold Canadian winter.