Welcome to the cold and flu season! As a nation, we are smack dab in the middle of it. In the mitten, I’m pretty sure cold season lasts 8 months.
That’s not even an exaggeration either, during the winter months you get cold weather colds and of course the flu.
But, spring and fall, you get smacked in the face with sinus infections and allergies. It is a giant nightmare, especially with kids.
I have found that there are a select must-haves that we always keep on hand to make cold season easier and allow us to attack it on the first sign.
It’s Best to Always Be Prepared
I’m not even kidding you, being ready for sickness when it strikes is the best for your kids. I had no idea how much that would actually mean until I sent my 3-year-old to preschool.
I love a good story!! This one started back in September when my 3-year-old started school. Now, to really get this point across, it would be her first experience in any social environment that did not include me. She was going to school half days, 5 days per week.
We all know that schools are like the airport, a giant breeding ground for nasty germs! I feel like sometimes I need the white surgical masks and latex gloves to walk in those places and yet I am sending my kids to school! Yikes right?
Well, the first time she brought home a cold was not too long after she started school. It started with the little sniffles and runny nose, then the deep cough that just shook that little body.
I was there ready to go with Vick’s, humidifiers, Vick’s tissues, homeopathic cough syrups and of course, lots of snuggles.
Wouldn’t you know we would get over the cold, wait a week and it would strike again! She would bring it home and it would eventually hit every person in our house before making its way out then coming right back at us again.
With this kind of sickness all over the places, it is best to get in the habit of always keeping must-haves for the cold season always on hand.
I can’t keep this to myself! Let me help you create a sick bin!
Cold Season Must-Haves
1. Thermometer: We use the Braun Digital ThermoScan Ear Thermometer You can check the price on Amazon by clicking the link.
We like this thermometer because it’s the most widely use thermometer by pediatricians, it is safe and gentle for everyone in the family.
2. Vick’s Vapor Rub: I mean honestly, you cannot go wrong with Vick’s, it helps quiet coughs and allows for more restful sleep!
I like to rub it on their feet and put socks on them when its time for bed or rub it on their chest when they simply won’t keep their socks on.
3. Humidifier: Everyone needs a humidifier, this is no joke, so many benefits to these. We use a Vicks Cool Mist Humidifier.
Love this one because select parts for cleaning are dishwasher safe! Boom! Humidifiers relief congestions and help you breathe more deeply when you are sick!
4. Hylands Cold and Cough: Homeopathic medicine is the only cold and cough syrup we keep in our house. It works the best for our children and it is more safe than other over the counter medications.
You can check your local store prices to those at Amazon by checking it out here: Hyland’s 4 Kids Cold ‘n Mucus Day & Night
5. NoseFrida: Hands down, without a doubt the best snot sucker there is on the market. Honestly, this thing really grosses me out, like seriously, eek!
But, it works and your kid could really use it when they are sick! NoseFrida Nasal Aspirator
5 must-haves for cold season! That’s it!
I keep these 5 things on hand all the time, I always keep a battery in my thermometer, keep my humidifier clean, filters for NoseFrida, and always have cold and cough medicine.
How to be cold-free?
This is all best practices that can help keep your child cold free. Frequent hand washing, carry disinfecting wipes for shopping carts and other public things you could touch, even airplanes.
Probiotics are a great way to boost your immune system and drink plenty of water. These simple tips are easy and effective to help ward off colds!