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5 Things to Keep on Hand for Cold and Flu Season

October 29, 2016

Cold and flu season is upon us. To help you prepare, we’re sharing some general wellness tips and useful products that will help you endure the season. Equip yourself with the “tools of the trade” and check out these 5 things to keep on hand for cold and flu season.

1. Purchase the essentials.

If you have a baby or young child, you already know that having the right “tools” can help you monitor your kid and help her get better. Having a smart thermometer is always a good idea, so that you can differentiate between a low-grade and a high fever. A humidifier can help ease your child’s congestion, and help purify the air of germs. If you’re into diffusing oils, a great diffuser/humidifier combo could also be helpful. And don’t forget a Nosefrida, or “snot sucker,” if you prefer. We all know that babies need a little help in that area.

2. Make hand washing fun.

Hand washing may seem like a no-brainer, but it sometimes difficult to get your toddlers to properly wash their hands. (This is especially important if there’s a new little baby in the house.) Make it more fun by purchasing a motion-activated soap dispenser, getting fun soaps (or doing your own DIY, like this Lego-themed soap), or even consider buying your children their own hand towel, featuring their favorite character.

3. Keep hand sanitizer handy.

See what we did there? Having hand sanitizer readily accessible throughout your house is another way to mitigate unwanted germs. Try getting a few larger pumps and station them in various places around your home, especially near outside doors and bathrooms. This brand is a favorite, and you can buy the same kind of sanitizer that is found in hospitals here.

4. Stay current on all vaccinations.

This applies to you, and baby. Make sure you are getting a yearly flu shot, as well as a whooping cough booster, if needed. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) urges parents to make the decision to immunize. Pediatricians strongly recommend timely vaccinations because of what we know to be true: Vaccines are simply the best way to protect our children from these viruses and bacteria that can cause real and devastating harm. With that in mind, keep your baby current on all her vaccinations. You can view a vaccination schedule, straight from the AAP, here.

5. When you go outside, bundle up.

Remember, babies need at least one extra layer of clothing than adults do. When you do go out in cold, inclement weather, make sure that your baby is appropriately bundled up. That includes hats and hand covers. But, where possible, try to avoid extreme weather when your baby is really little.
What are some of your favorite health and wellness tips and tricks to keep the flu and cold at bay?

– Contributed by Lauren Soderberg

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