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?
Note: This is a collaborative post
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