10 Top Tips to Fend off Colds & Flu this Winter
I don’t know about you but this time of year the children are walking germ pools. As soon as they have got over one cold they pick up another. I guess thats the beauty of childcare, lots of socialisation and lots of sharing! I can live with the streaming noses, the temperatures and the grotty behaviour. What I struggle with is the sleepless nights. Not only do the kids not sleep but we don’t either because they can’t settle. We are no different to any other parent, functioning without sleep regardless of your day job is hard. So what if there was a way to perhaps reduce the chances of this happening?
To try and limit the boys exposure as much as possible to those nasty germs floating around I have been trying out leading GP & Olbas expert Dr Henderson’s 10 Top Tips to Fend off Colds & Flu:
- Eat healthily – A variety of at least five fruit and vegetable portions a day are great for boosting your immune system. A portion of fruit includes one medium-sized whole fruit or three smaller fruits, for example satsumas or dried apricots. Keep bugs at bay by eating plenty of garlic and onion. Known for their antiviral, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties they can help fight infections.
- Drink lots of water – especially if you spend a lot of time in central heated spaces or have a cold or the flu. Not only will it keep your body hydrated, but it will also help to flush out toxins. Always drink at least 1.2 litres of water per day.
- Use an over the counter decongestant remedy – Natural formulas such as Olbas For Children offer a gentle decongestant formulation to relieve congestion in even the smallest noses of the family
- Get enough sleep – It’s the body’s natural way of recharging its batteries. So, if you start to feel under the weather, help your body to recover by getting more sleep.
- Drink tea – Green tea is one of the richest sources of antioxidants, so it’s great for helping you to beat winter bugs and improving your immune system.
- Breathe in steam – Take a warm shower or inhale from a bowl of steamy water as a way of introducing warm, moist air into the nose and lungs to help loosen any mucus. Add a few drops of an inhalant decongestant such as Olbas Oil and breathe in the vapours to relieve blocked noses.
- Relax more – When your body is under stress you are more susceptible to the viral infections that cause colds and flu, so keep calm and stay healthy.
- Don’t touch your face – The cold virus is often carried on the hands and then enters your body through your eyes, nose or mouth. So, minimise the risk of catching a cold by washing your hands regularly. To get rid of germs, rub your hands together vigorously with lots of soap and warm water for at least 15 seconds.
- Get moving – Exercise especially in the fresh air helps increase immune functions. White blood cells that kill and fight bacteria and germs need enough oxygen to work and function properly. Fresh air helps the airways of your lungs to dilate more fully and improves the lungs cleansing action.
- Use disposable tissues – Blowing your nose or sneezing into a tissue will help contain the germs. Quickly disposing the tissue then washing your hands reduces the risk of spreading infection.
Obviously some of these are easer to implement than others with small children. For example getting outside is easy, they would both spend all day everyday outside given the chance. But trying to get them not to touch their faces is not! She says noticing yet another trial of snot on her shoulder… However one thing that has always worked for us is using a natural decongestant. We have been using Olbas since before we had the boys for ourselves.
Now we also use Olbas for children. It really does help them to settle easier when they have a cold. In our experience it is also more likely that they will sleep through their cold. The reason being is that Olbas for children contains a mixture of essential plant oils which works to give off natural vapours to immediately clear nasal congestion and relieve painful sinuses. Its a gentle formula which can be used with children from three months old to two years.
Although we have only ever really used it at night time it is just as effective during the day. All you need to do is place four drops on a tissue and place it just out of reach of the child. For example Kipper has some high shelves in his room which he can’t get at. This is where we put it at bedtime. I really wouldn’t be without it as it helps both boys when they have colds. Priced at £3.19 for a 10ml bottle and £3.99 for a 15ml bottle is great value too and can be brought at most high street chemist and supermarkets.
Like all medicine, please keep out of the sight and reach of your little ones at all times. *Always read the label.
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