This post is sponsored by PediaCare, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Cold & Flu Season Prevent Tips
1. Flu Vaccination – This one is a no brainer for our family. Anything to reduce our chance to catch the flu or lessen the intensity of the flu is a win for us.
2. Facial Tissues – Stock up on tissues! Sneezing into a tissue stops the spread of germs much better than sneezing into your hands (ewww) or elbow. I try to keep a box in the car and a little pack in my purse as well. And don’t forget to grab an extra box for the classroom!
3. Vitamin D Supplement – Taking an age appropriate dose of Vitamin D can reduce your chance of getting sick. This was a new tip for me! It was very interesting to make the flu season/Vitamin D connection. Flu season occurs in the winter when most people have much lower Vitamin D levels due to less sun exposure. If your family takes a multi-vitamin then you’re likely covered already
4. Hand Sanitizer – Washing hands with soap and water is best but for situations where it’s not possible, using a hand sanitizer with at least 62% isopropyl alcohol is also very effective. It’s another thing I keep in my purse and car.
5. Exercise – I think regular exercise is important too. My kids get plenty of exercise playing outside but it’s a good reminder to make sure everyone in the family gets enough. If mom or dad get sick, the kids are more likely to get sick as well. At least that’s how it works in our house!
Once your child get sick, you want to do everything in your power to make them feel better faster. Here are some suggestions.
Cold & Flu Season Treatment Tips
1. Lots of Rest – Sleep is so important when your child is sick. Elevating their head and using a cool mist humidifier can help keep them comfortable too. In our house we rotate from the bedroom to the couch, we don’t have a TV in their room, so watching a few shows helps keep them resting during the day.
2. Hydration – Keeping your kiddos hydrated is also super important when they’re sick. Thankfully I’ve just started getting my little guys to eat chicken noodle soup. Eating food on the other hand isn’t really a big deal, so don’t stress that. Just keep the fluids plentiful and that will help.
3. Over the Counter Medications – While OTC medicines can’t cure the flu or a cold, they will make your child feel more comfortable.
PediaCare® is the only brand of children’s medicine that is 100% dedicated to kids™. PediaCare’s sole focus is creating safe products that help kids feel better. It’s not a surprise that we’ve been using PediaCare since the boys were babies. They offer a variety of flavors and formulas, making it likely you’ll find one that your kids will like. There is nothing worse than having to encourage, bribe and coax your sick kiddo into taking medicine. YOU know it will make them feel better, but THEY don’t buy it!
PediaCare’s newest product is PediaCare® Smooth Melts™ is a great product for kids ages 4-11. It melts in their mouth as they start to chew the tablet making it easy to swallow even without water. Unfortunately we’ve had a reason to test them out but the good news is that they worked great. My boys are pretty much OVER liquid medicine but chewing a tablet is definitely doable.
Another interesting thing I learned was why kids are usually picky eaters. They have more taste buds than adults making them more sensitive to bitter tastes. That’s why PediaCare develops medicines that fit kids’ tastes. It stands to reason that having a better tasting medicine they will actually take will help kids feel better sooner!