Winter wellness: 5 ways to keep kids healthy all season long

The lack of sunshine and bitter temps make winter in Chicago a tough pill to swallow. But throw in a sick kid (or two, or three), and the exhaustion, frustration and, quite frankly, the grossness, can leave you waving the white flag and running straight to the wine aisle at Mariano’s.

We’re not even a full month into winter and my house has already been hit with norovirus (a nightmare!), pink eye and a particularly resistant cold virus. If you’re in the same boat, hopefully these products help you battle back and get your family feeling better, sooner.

Stuffy nose relief

Fridababy NoseFrida

Add this to your baby shower must-buy gift list because every parent with a child under the age of 3 needs one of these. For the unfamiliar, it can seem intimidating, but it really is straight forward, easy to use and best of all, it works! No, your kids will not like it (would you?), but they will breathe and sleep easier once that deep gunk clogging up their tiny noses is gone.

$15.99

Boogie Wipes& Boogie Mist

Red, chafed noses are a thing of the past. These saline wipes are gentle and soothing; just what sore little noses need. And when you use the mist in combination with the NoseFrida, boogers don’t stand a chance.

$10 (Combo pack)

Germ blocker

Nice ‘n CLEAN antibacterial hand wipes

When you’re in a bind and can’t get to a bathroom to use real soap and water, these convenient wipes come in handy. They’re proven to remove 99.99 percent of germs, making them great to use not just on hands, but on things like your mobile phone and remote control.

They will also remove 99 percent of peanut residue from surfaces, giving allergy sufferers a little more peace of mind. One percent of all Nice ‘n CLEAN antibacterial hand wipes purchases will be donated to the Food Allergy Research Association.

.99 cents (20 count)

Immune system boosters

Happy Baby Clearly Crafted pouches

It’s been proven time and time again that a healthy diet rich with fruits and veggies can help boost the immune system. These yummy purees–think carrots, strawberries and chickpeas or sweet potatoes, mangoes and carrots–are filled with the good stuff babies and toddlers need to build strong bodies. And the clear pouches allow you to see exactly what you’re feeding them.

$1.79

Zahler Kidophilus Plus chewable probiotic vitamin

Probiotics help maintain the balance of good and bad bacteria in our digestive systems. Stomach illnesses, antibiotic use and even too much sugar can throw kids’ systems out of wack, so a regular probiotic routine can help keep them healthy from the inside out. These sugar-free vitamins (they are sweetened with stevia) come in a kid-approved berry flavor and are easy to chew.

$24 (90 count)

What steps does your family take to stay healthy?

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