Frost has hit the Chicagoland area and with that
comes the beginning of cold and flu season for many families. For
us it started about a month ago when we were returning from a
family vacation in Florida. You probably know what I'm talking
about - the dreaded airport. The hotbed of all cold and flu germs
and almost impossible for little hands not to run into contact
We returned from our lovely vacation with a nasty
bug that progressed one by one through all five of us. We were out
of commission for a week - ugh! Like most bugs, there isn't a pill
to make it all better. Sure you can take Tylenol or adults can take
an over-the-counter medicine to alleviate symptoms, but pretty much
it just needs to run it's course.
So before your family is caught with your next bug
- here are some natural remedies for helping your sick family
survive your next cold or flu.
This will help sooth sore throats, loosens phlegm
and keeps people hydrated. So bring on the tea and
Note: If you are not up to making soup for your
family, Panera has a wonderful selection of soups you can pick up
and take home with you!
Steam from a good hot shower will help clear out
your stuffy nose, will ease achy muscles and will help with ear
pressure due to sinus congestion. Make sure to close the bathroom
door and not turn on the fan to allow the steam to build
Note: If you have an infant just leave them in
their car seat (or your arm) and sit in the bathroom while someone
takes a steamy shower. Johnson's also has a soothing vapor baby
bath that helps alleviate stuffy noses - great for kids at any
I know it seems obvious, but rest is essential when
your body is working hard to fight off a bug. Sleep is best, but
just resting on a couch and watching something on TV is the next
Make Every Bite Count
When you are sick often times you don't eat as
much. So, like infants, you need to make every bite count. Eat
nutritious food like lean chicken, steamed veggies, oranges and
warm broths. Limit sugars which will only weekend your immune
system even more.
Note: If you have an upset stomach stick to the
BRAT diet - Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, (plain) Toast and lots of
Besides not wanting to give your germs to everyone
else (which we all appreciate!), you and your child have weakened
immune systems. You will more readily catch anything you come into
contact with. So take it easy and stay close to home until you are
Visiting the Doctor
If you have a sore throat for more than seven days,
a fever that is not brought down with Tylenol or other symptoms
that concern you, make sure to give your doctor a call.
Here's hoping for a healthy cold and flu
Beth Gorden is a homeschooling mother of three who strives to enjoy every moment with her kids through hands-on learning, crafts, new experiences, and lots of play time together. Beth is also the creator and author www.123homeschool4me.com.
See more of Beth's stories here.
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