Cold And Flu Season Survival Guide For Mums // 23.10.16

Cold And Flu Season Survival Guide For Mums

The temperature has nearly dropped to single figures, and the faint bark of a child’s cough fills the air.

Yep, it’s cold and flu season again.

Mums everywhere are about to fight the battle of dripping noses, sniffles, and coughs that could wake the dead. We’ll be tired, we’ll be run down and we won’t remember the last time we washed our hair. But we have no choice but to just get on with it.

No wonder this time of year fills us all with dread. Especially if like me you have children with asthma and wheeze. Cameron lasted 6 days back at school in September before he was off for 4 days with steroids because of his asthma. 

Cold And Flu Season Survival Guide For Mums


Make sure your medicine cabinet is stocked well. 

I always make sure I am well stocked with liquid paracetamol and liquid ibuprofen for the kids. I also have spare inhalers and steroids on standby for Cameron’s asthma. Olbas Oil & Vicks Vapour rub is an essential in this house for all of us also enough cough medicine, throat sweets, lemsip, paracetamol & ibuprofen to survive a zombie apocalypse.

Keep your children home from school. 

It’s not a good idea to send your children to school when they have viruses and infections that can spread. Other children and other families more vulnerable than your own could easily become very ill and end up in hospital. I’ve wrote about this a lot in the past and it’s one of my pet peeves.

Get your family vaccinated against Flu.

Children aged 2-4 and children in years 1-3 at school are eligible for a free Flu vaccination this year. It’s not compulsory and I urge you to do your own research on it but it could really help your family. Cameron and Lucas will be having their Flu vaccination this year if I can keep their Asthma/Wheeze under control as they can not have it if they are wheezy.

Practice good hygiene.

Washing hands after using the toilet, coughing or sneezing is a must to help prevent germs from spreading.

Open a window.

No one likes to be cold during the colder seasons, but keeping fresh air circulating can help stop the spread of germs. We always have windows open in our house even when its snowing out.

Don’t be afraid to get advice from a Doctor.

If your child is getting worse or not improving, then you must seek advice from a Doctor. You know your child better than anyone and it’s always better to be safe than sorry. You could always use something like a Doctors app for checking symptoms.

Entertaining sick children.

A short walk in the fresh air can help with a common cold. If it’s flu, then chances are they’re not getting up from the sofa or even out of bed for a few days. Try to find puzzles and games that aren’t on the screen to give them a break from the TV. If they are well enough, you can always ring the school for some work for them to do from home so they don’t fall behind.

Be prepared to catch it.

If your children have it, then it’s a safe bet that you are going to catch it. With the extra contact through endless cuddles and wiping snotty noses, it won’t be long before you are soon feeling rubbish. I know when my kids are ill, I have a minimum of 24 hours to do as much housework and work as I can before I go down with it.

How do you survive the Cold & Flu Season with little ones?


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  1. Kellie Steed October 25, 2016 / 11:48 pm

    I hoe you don’t mind me adding my recommendation here for treating cold and flu in kids, but I really don’t give anything credit unless I’m overly impressed. I have been using Calpol plug ins for my son since he was really young and they are remarkable. My little boy is very healthy anyway, his immune system is strong and he rarely gets ill, which I am hugely grateful for, but when he does, with the Calpol plug in , it genuinely only lasts for a day or two. Amazing stuff!

  2. Louise Evans-Clarke October 25, 2016 / 11:48 pm

    I use to make sure they had plenty of gloves and hats for my children. Then if they got them wet making snowmen ect. They would have some warm, dry ones to replace them

    • sharon November 3, 2016 / 9:21 am

      Wow this is great and very helpful especially for first time parents thankyou x

  3. Tracy Nixon October 26, 2016 / 4:53 am

    Great tips! Thank you!

  4. amy fidler October 26, 2016 / 7:19 am

    Thanks for this guide,it’s gonna be a great help this coming season xx

  5. Peter Watson October 26, 2016 / 7:51 am

    Why is it women seems to manage a cold but us blokes need a few days in bed?

  6. Jennifer Haden October 26, 2016 / 8:16 am

    Good tips, especially about keeping the kids entertained, important one!

  7. Lindsey Stuart October 26, 2016 / 8:51 am

    Fantastic post! I have to get the flu jab yearly or I suffer terribly! My son is terrible for getting bugs, luckily my daughter doesn’t get them (yet) I am off to do my shop this afternoon and will be making sure I am stocked up on flu and cold products!
    You are right fresh air getting in to your home is important, get those horrible bugs out!!! 🙂

  8. Sarah Mackay October 26, 2016 / 10:33 am

    Great tips due to get the flue shot tomorrow

  9. iain maciver October 26, 2016 / 10:34 am

    fantastic tips

  10. Alica October 26, 2016 / 12:32 pm

    Great post, very useful! 🙂

  11. Lorna Kennedy October 26, 2016 / 1:12 pm

    It can be a miserable time when the little ones have a cold or bug. My top tip is to pamper them (and yourself) as much as you can – and forget all about housework, ironing etc. You can always catch up on chores sometime.

  12. jacqui graham October 26, 2016 / 1:27 pm

    Great tips! Thank you very much.

  13. Kim Carberry October 26, 2016 / 1:33 pm

    Great tips….We always have a full medicine cabinet. I really need to go through it. Some of it must be out of date by now.

  14. Gisela Wilson October 26, 2016 / 2:19 pm

    I’d drink lots of chamomile tea with honey and my grown up children do exactly the same. Calpol usually helps the little ones.

  15. Anthony Harrington October 26, 2016 / 2:56 pm

    interesting! our little Grandson just gets over one cold and gets straight into another one

  16. Laura Jeffs October 26, 2016 / 4:17 pm

    Useful tips!! Thank you so much, we dread flu and colds in this household, so definitely gonna follow your tips

  17. Kayleigh White October 26, 2016 / 7:48 pm

    I’ve just had to have the flu jab as I look after my chronic ill parents. My sisters kids are always full of colds.

  18. Chrissie Curtis October 26, 2016 / 8:01 pm

    Great tips – My other half thinks I am mad for stocking up on cold / flu supplies now knowing once it hits the last thing I will want to do is trek into town to get bits!

  19. Sophie Ade October 27, 2016 / 7:11 am

    Thanks for this post. My son is currently not well and it seems I have caught it!

  20. Jo Carroll October 27, 2016 / 8:58 am

    Great all around advice. The keeping the children off school is a bit problematic though as there’s always going to be one child at school who has the bug at any one time so short of quarantining all of them your child is sure to pick it up eventually? Already have had 2 bad colds this Autumn…hope we build up some immunity – although with colds that isn’t the case is it? ;(

  21. Alana Walker October 27, 2016 / 2:11 pm

    Just had my 3 kids immunised today, so much better that it’s a nasal spray rather than the needle.x

  22. jessica woods October 27, 2016 / 8:56 pm

    This has to be the worst illness ever hate having Cold and flu 🙁

  23. Annmarie Gould October 27, 2016 / 9:37 pm

    Great tips, personally im an Olbas oil fan. Great for all the family when youre feeling blocked up

  24. Nicola Dudson October 27, 2016 / 9:45 pm

    Wrapping up warm and plenty of fluids, my hubby swears by green tea when he has a cold to flush the germs away

  25. Victoria Shiel October 28, 2016 / 1:00 am

    fab tips x

  26. Kesi brooks October 28, 2016 / 3:50 am

    My 2 yr old has been ill since last Thursday this week’s been hard loads of sickness horrible watching them great tips thank you

  27. Kelly Hemmings October 28, 2016 / 8:39 am

    I agree by making sure the medicine is stocked up. A great tip too for helping them sleep better is turning off the heating in their bedroom. Keep them well wrapped instead!

  28. Beverley Cousins October 28, 2016 / 11:10 am

    Great tips, thankyou x

  29. Sarah M October 28, 2016 / 11:18 am

    Excellent tips. A nice hot drink is a must aswell xx

  30. Emma Fox October 28, 2016 / 11:32 am

    Hate the cold season too – we all have the flu jab/nasal spray so hopefully that wards off the worst of it!

  31. laura jayne bates October 29, 2016 / 11:51 am

    Some great ideas which i will keep in mind thanks

  32. emma walters October 30, 2016 / 7:13 am

    great tips! my son loves a bath with the bubble bath for colds to help him breathe better 🙂

  33. Laura Tovey October 30, 2016 / 6:50 pm

    Thank-you, we do do most of these already, but always good to hear some-one else advises.

  34. Paul Wilson October 31, 2016 / 1:53 am

    Some good tips there. I find that eating a good diet with lots of fruit and veg means I avoid getting most cold symptoms.

  35. Heather Haigh October 31, 2016 / 9:14 am

    Lots of good advice, must stock the cabinet up

  36. suzanna gentle November 1, 2016 / 9:08 pm

    My youngest son has severe asthma and has to have a flu injection. Nothing worse than seeing little ones suffering

  37. kimberley ryan November 3, 2016 / 2:29 pm

    some great tips, thank you

  38. Sharon H November 3, 2016 / 5:47 pm

    Great tips, I just wish all parents would keep the little ones off school when needed, it spreads like wildfire when they don’t.

  39. Emma Walton November 3, 2016 / 8:27 pm

    This is all really good advice. One piece of advice that I was given that didn’t work was to rub vic into the soles of my feet before bed!

  40. Stephanie Coals November 4, 2016 / 12:04 am

    Lots of very helpful tips! Thanks

  41. Char Keddy November 4, 2016 / 12:23 pm

    Great post and sending sick kids to school is one of my pet peeves too (similarly, sick adults heading to the workplace!) If you’re sick you should be at home getting well faster and not infecting other people :-))

  42. Amy Green November 4, 2016 / 2:08 pm

    Great tips and totally agree about being willing to catch it. My children are germ givers 🙂

  43. michelle o'neill November 4, 2016 / 5:41 pm

    these are great tips x

  44. Emma Rawlinson November 5, 2016 / 10:23 am

    Some great tips, thanks 🙂

  45. Tracey S Anderson November 5, 2016 / 4:47 pm

    Thank you for the fabulous tips i have really enjoyed reading 🙂 x x

  46. A S,Edinburgh November 5, 2016 / 5:19 pm

    Excellent tips! One thing I try to do, and is so difficult to remember in a rush, is to take all essentials like paracetamol out of their boxes to store them and make sure to throw out as much of their packaging as possible so it’s as obvious as possible how much is left. It’s horrible thinking you’ve got plenty then having to make an extra trip out when you feel awful.

  47. Carly Belsey November 5, 2016 / 8:52 pm

    Great advice. I am a great fan of Manuka honey, a drop in a warm mug of boiled water can really help to coat the throat and get rid of a sore throat

  48. Judith Allen November 6, 2016 / 3:58 pm

    So glad my daughter grew out of asthma, those were scary times. No more checking inhalers.

    Flu isn’t much fun for mum, someone still has to look after the children.

  49. olivia kirby November 8, 2016 / 12:54 pm

    We got the letter about the vaccine yesterday – must search out the kids’ NHS numbers!

  50. Sarah prescott November 8, 2016 / 2:45 pm

    Great tips and we always get pur daughter vaccinated every year

  51. Kim Neville November 8, 2016 / 3:07 pm

    My son’s immune system seems to have got better since started school. They give a flu vaccine by nasal spray which he will have soon and last year he did not have any sick days off school which was a first. I always make sure to wash hands properly too

  52. lisa prince November 8, 2016 / 3:58 pm

    ohgreat post thanks for the advice I am dreading this season were a large family with 8 little ones so by the time one clears it spreads to another and by time everyones had it it goes back around again x

  53. Jane Middleton November 8, 2016 / 4:16 pm

    I think good diet and good sleep is also important prevention of colds.

  54. Pauline Dring November 8, 2016 / 8:27 pm

    Plenty of vitamin C in the diet is supposed to help with resistance to colds. When poorly, make sure they drink plenty of fluids.

  55. Anita Hargreaves November 8, 2016 / 9:19 pm

    Fortunately my daughter is now a teenager and when I’ll she doesn’t leave her bedroom, lol, but I always drink warm lemonade with ginger and honey x

  56. Rachel Hunt November 8, 2016 / 9:32 pm

    What a fab giveaway

  57. Gill Mitchell November 8, 2016 / 9:55 pm

    Thanks for the tips 😀

  58. Jo Hutchinson November 9, 2016 / 12:57 am

    great posts and tips. Thank you

  59. Sara lock November 9, 2016 / 10:15 am

    Great tip thank you
    warm leMon and honey too ???

  60. Vicky Robinson November 9, 2016 / 10:27 am

    I have a house full of sick children today. Don’t you just love Winter and all the bugs that come with it 🙁

  61. Anna Brown November 9, 2016 / 10:50 am

    Great advice thank you. We use the honey and lemon drink at the first sign of a sniffle.

  62. George Wright November 9, 2016 / 11:42 am

    Baths are a good tip too!

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  64. paula cheadle November 9, 2016 / 11:48 am

    I make sure that I have in the correct medicines in the cupboard at all time

  65. Vicky Limerick November 9, 2016 / 11:50 am

    Excellent Guide

  66. Sparklett21 November 9, 2016 / 12:47 pm

    Great tips & timely too!

  67. Samantha Fernley November 9, 2016 / 1:09 pm

    Reminds me to get some more Calpol. We’ve all just been ill so lots of fruit and veggies now to help keep the bugs away.

  68. Tiffeny Brown November 9, 2016 / 2:18 pm

    I don’t have children, but often look after my friend’s two little boys so this is very helpful 🙂 Thanks! x

  69. Hayley Todd November 9, 2016 / 2:55 pm

    Thank you for this great guide. My daughter is a severe asthmatic so we always dread this time of year, as even though she has the flu vaccine every year, it offers her no protection from the common cold. At the moment she is off school with a really heavy cold, not normally a reason to keep a child at home, but when she gets a heavy cold it severely affects her breathing.

  70. Ann Nesbitt November 9, 2016 / 3:35 pm

    Good advice, I always keep up to date with my flu injection and always make sure I have a supply of Calpol for my grandsons1

  71. Nicola Dow November 9, 2016 / 4:50 pm

    Fab tips. Thanks for posting xx

  72. Angela Treadway November 9, 2016 / 4:56 pm

    thanks for the tips! i hate this time of year and my kids bring all the viruses home from school! x

  73. Jeanette Davenport November 9, 2016 / 5:15 pm

    There are some great tips here! And after this morning appointment at the doctors for my head cold I will be using them x Drink lots of fluids was my doctors tip

  74. claire sen November 9, 2016 / 6:01 pm

    I always keep one window slightly open too, it does help circulate the air. We’re all coughing here and it feels like we have since the children went back to school in September. Honey is really good..and steam 🙂

  75. sandy Ralph November 9, 2016 / 7:04 pm

    There are some great tips here thankyou

  76. sarah rowland November 9, 2016 / 7:11 pm

    plenty of warm drinks and carry on as normal with 3 boys aged 4 and under

  77. sharon martin November 9, 2016 / 7:18 pm

    great tips

  78. Annabel Greaves November 9, 2016 / 7:26 pm

    Such useful advice for this time of year xxx

  79. Deborah Mackenzie November 9, 2016 / 8:28 pm

    really hoping we dont get ill this winter; last year sux

  80. Laura Findlay November 9, 2016 / 8:54 pm

    Fab tips, thanks. We are a family of 5 and always seem to be passing it backwards and forwards for what seems like ages x

  81. Rebecca Roberts November 9, 2016 / 9:51 pm

    Fantastic tips and everything is so true sending kids to school full of germs my prev too

  82. Lydia Graham November 9, 2016 / 10:09 pm

    I found a brilliant (if a little drastic) way to keep the colds at bay. Since I started home educating they have only had one minor cold. 🙂

  83. Cassandra Mayers November 9, 2016 / 11:03 pm

    Urghh yeah, Lil had her bug last week. Cold and cough and was sick everywhere. We survived though. She will be 2 soon so will get her vaccinated then

  84. Jan November 10, 2016 / 12:03 am

    Very interesting post

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