Cold and Flu season can be stressful, especially when you have a little one that is sick. It can be difficult to get through an entire winter without a cold or flu yourself, but children are always picking up bugs at daycare or school. It is important to exercise, eat well and consistently wash your hands, but let’s face it, kids will be kids. Canadian blogger and mom of four, Tanya Toledano shares her top five items that you need on hand to be prepared for cold and flu season:
- Tissues: Keep two sizes on hand – large boxes at home (have one in every room that you use often), and travel-size packs in your purse so that you are always prepared. Tissues with lotion are much easier on your child’s delicate skin and yours too! Stock up when they go on sale so that you can save yourself an errand in the winter.
- Braun ThermoScan® Thermometer: An ear thermometer like Braun’s Thermoscan Thermometer is a quick, painless way to check your child’s temperature. Braun’s new Age Precision® technology is based on the most conservative criteria, so parents know when to be concerned and when they can relax when their children are under-the-weather. The colour-coded fever indicator will help you understand the temperature reading. Green means their temperature is normal, yellow means elevated and red means high. The thermometer also has a pre-warmed tip to ensure professional accuracy. Disposable probe covers prevent the build-up of ear wax on the device helping to ensure an accurate reading. As Toledano explains, “It is important to know the temperature ranges for children of different ages. A fever in a newborn, for example, can be a normal temperature for a four-year old. The fever guidance system in the Braun ThermoScan Thermometer was designed to warn parents about temperature readings that could be cause for concern”.
- Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen for Children (DO NOT give acetylsalicylic acid, also called ASA to children 18 and under): It is a good idea to have a children’s formula with both of these medicinal ingredients on-hand (they come in drops, liquid suspensions and chewable formulas). Acetaminophen is a first line of defense for fever reduction and will not upset your child’s tummy. Ibuprofen can also work as a fever reducer, but also has the benefit of being an anti-inflammatory which can help with aches and pain caused by the flu. Speak to your pediatrician or pharmacist before starting your child on any medication.
- Vicks® Humidifiers: Toledano explains that, “Humidifiers, like Vicks, restore essential moisture to the air in any room. Using humidifiers to keep indoor air at a relative humidity of 40-60% helps reduce the survival of flu viruses on surfaces and in the air of your home”. You can use cool or warm humidifiers – they have the same benefits so it comes down to personal preference (Vicks has both). They can also provide soothing relief if coughs or congestion strike. If you add Vicks VapoPads® to your humidifier, it adds soothing vapours to the air to help with coughs and congestion for up to eight hours.
- Good Hygiene: Having kids wash their hands immediately after entering the house, and having kids practice thorough hand-washing on a regular basis. I have my children sing “Happy Birthday” while washing their hands so that I know that they are washing their hands thoroughly and for long enough.
It is also a good idea to have some easy meals in the freezer so that you can focus on helping your child feel better or have something on hand in case you are not feeling well yourself. Chicken soup is not only great for hydration; it can come in handy when a solid meal feels like too much. If you make it with plenty of vegetables, it can be a great way to get some vitamins and minerals in without a lot of effort.
What do you like to keep on hand to make cold and flu season a little easier?
In partnership with Vicks® Humidifiers and Braun ThermoScan® Thermometers