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Top Tips to fend off Cold and Flu Symptoms

Parents are being warned to be vigilant this winter in monitoring their families’ cold and flu symptoms as serious cases of Influenza skyrocket. It’s also vital to rule out pneumonia as the condition can be fatal if left untreated, particularly in young children.

Knowing what to do and when to intervene can be tricky for parents, especially in the winter months, when colds and viruses are all too common.

Here are some tips to help keep the cold and flu bugs at bay:

Prevention is better than cure!

  • Reduce the spread of cold and flu germs at home by using anti-bacterial wipes on high-touch areas such as mobile phones and remote controls
  • Carry a bottle of hand sanitiser in your nappy bag or pocket for cleaner hands anytime, anywhere.
  • When drying your hands, use paper hand towels to help stop the spread of germs further.

Boost your families’ immune system

  • Boost your families’ immune system, making it more difficult for cold viruses to strike. This is especially relevant for pregnant women and new mums, who may be even more susceptible to colds and flu.
  • Try to get as much sleep as you can – a difficult ask when you’re pregnant or have small children! Sleep or rest whenever you get the chance so your body has a chance to repair and recharge.
  • Eating lots of healthy fruits and vegetables is another great way to improve your immunity.

If a Cold or Flu does strike

  • Make sure you have your trusted remedies on hand! Pregnant women and babies aren’t able to consume cold and flu tablets so try to find some helpful alternatives.
  • Try using a vaporiser to relieve a stuffy nose.
  • For the little ones, a nice warm bath and place some Vicks Baby Balsam directly onto their singlet, can help soothe and relax your baby on snuffy days. Or for older family members, apply Vicks directly to the chest and back before bedtime and on the soles of your feet covered with socks to wear to bed, has been known to help.

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