Everything You Need During Cold and Flu Season
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Be Prepared for Sniffles
It starts with one of your kids sniffling, and you know what comes next—a house full of germs that can lead to everyone getting sick. But this year is different because, before your kids start coughing and sneezing, you’ll be prepared with everything you need to survive cold and flu season! From preventing the sickness to making your kids more comfortable throughout, here’s what you’ll need.
Elderberries are often used to prevent or shorten the duration of flu and respiratory infection symptoms. While many moms swear by elderberry syrup and supplements, scientific research has been conducted that backs up claims of elderberries helping to boost the immune system.
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NoseFrida the Snotsucker
Since your baby can’t blow their nose and congestion makes them miserable, the NoseFrida is a great option. Sure it looks a bit crazy, but if you have a fussy baby that is sick and can’t sleep, using the “Snotsucker” will help your baby breathe easier and make everyone feel a lot better. Don’t worry, this handy device is noninvasive, hygienic and isn’t uncomfortable for your baby.
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When your kids have a fever, you need a good thermometer that will tell their exact temperature. With a forehead thermometer, you can get an accurate reading in seconds. This comes in handy if your kids are sleeping and you want a quick temperature check without waking them up.
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Sometimes you need more than a regular tissue for sensitive noses. Boogie Wipes are saline wipes that are perfect for kids with colds and sensitive skin, and for the mom that just needs to clean their little one’s face while on-the-go. They are gentle, come unscented and you’ll want to use them for the entire family.
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Vapor baths are a great way to naturally soothe coughs and stuffy noses. Oilogic uses a blend of essential oils that can be used for kids six months and up. With a concentrated blend of lavandin oil, orange oil, fir needle oil, eucalyptus oil and cypress oil, your little patient can get clean and feel better at the same time.
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Single Use Hand Towels
One of the best ways to fight off germs is to wash your hands with soap and water. However, when someone in the house is sick, it’s a good idea to use single use hand towels in the bathrooms until everyone is feeling better.
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Cool Mist Humidifier
These humidifiers from Crane come in different designs like elephants, pigs and even monkeys. However, beyond being cute, humidifiers add moisture to the air and can be affective for treating symptoms of colds and the flu, as well as dryness of the skin, nose, throat and lips.
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This gentle spray will help kids with stuffy noses breathe a little easier. Little Remedies Sterile Saline Mist is a drug-free, preservative-free and can be used as often as needed without the worry of any harmful side effects or drug interactions.
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Studies have shown that honey is a better cough suppressant than many over-the-counter medicines. So if your child has a scratchy throat or a nagging cough, give them a spoonful of honey. Just be sure to only give honey to kids over the age of one.
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