It’s sweater weather and I love this season, but not the coughs, running nose, and fevers that can come with it.
I’m sure all moms can agree that threat of illness hovering over our lives can be consuming. My purse is filled with hand sanitizer, wipes, tissues… and I’m not gonna lie, I’d probably wear a mask around town if it wouldn’t completely ruin my makeup and red lip 😉
We obviously can’t stay locked away in the house all cold & flu season, but I have researched ways to try to prevent catching a cold or flu and how to treat it if we do.
Behold, the 6 Things Every Mom Should Know About Cold and Flu Season:
1. It can be hard to tell the difference between a cold and the flu. The best thing we can do as moms is monitor the symptoms associated with them. Coughing, tiredness, achiness, stuffy nose, and fever are all symptoms of both. But just remember the flu is worse than the common cold, and the symptoms are more intense.
2. Research shows that the definition of a fever changes depending on the age of your child. Doctor’s know this, but many parents don’t. So be sure to factor in your child’s age before treatment and use a good tool like the Braun ThermoScan®7 thermometer for accurate detection. It has 3 settings with its unique Age Precision® Technology. One for 0-3 months, another for 3-36 months and another for 36 months plus— that way you can make the right decisions about treatment for your little love. It’s super easy to understand the temperature reading as well – the thermometer’s screen will turn green if your child’s temperature is normal, yellow if their temperature is elevated and red if it’s high. It also doesn’t hurt that it’s the #1 brand used by pediatricians and also recommended by moms.
3. My toddler hates when I put the thermometer in her ear. So, a snack is the perfect distraction so that you can get in and take her temperature without incident!
4. Children can potentially be contagious for a longer than an adult. According to some research, they can spread the flu up to 14 to 21 days. So, if your child gets sick first, make sure you take extra precaution.
5. Vicks Humidifiers help restore moisture to any room, which can give sufferers relief of coughing, sneezing and congestion during cold and flu season. And using humidifiers can help reduce the survival of flu and viruses on surfaces and in the air. We keep our Vicks® FilterFree Cool Mist Humidifier and Vicks® Warm Steam Vapourizer going all season long. It not only smells great, using the Vicks VapoPads® or Vicks VapoSteam®, but it helps to clear your air waves, if we are all stuffed up. We keep it in Kensington’s room by the window and turn it on just before bedtime every night. And if you think that you are in the market for a new humidifier, don’t forget that Vicks a variety of humidifiers to suit the needs of your family.
6. There are some other things you can do to prevent your family from getting sick. Wash your hands often, disinfect door handles, counter tops, and other household surfaces, and get enough sleep to keep the immune system strong.
There you have it mamas. I hope you’re keeping it cute and staying warm during this season. What are some things you do to keep your family healthy?
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*This post was sponsored by Vick’s Humidifiers and Braun Thermometers, but all opinions expressed are my own*