How to Comfort your Loved Ones this Cold and Flu Season
Hello and welcome to The Old Summers Home and another post for The Mom Spot! The cold and flu season is encroaching upon us and there is nothing worse than seeing your child or loved one sick and not being sure how you can comfort them. Therefore, I have gathered up our favourite comfort measures to help you get through this nasty season with as much ease as possible!
Is it the cold or is it the flu?
This handy little checklist can help you figure out which you are battling. Keep in mind a cold will come on over a few days whereas the flu will strike you all at once.
Remember that the flu can be more severe for certain people and that extra precautions should be made.
- preexisting chronic health conditions
10 things you can do this cold and flu season
Use a humidifier to add moisture to your home
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A humidifier helps to add some moisture into the air making it easier for your loved one to breathe when they are congested. If you do not have a humidifier and are in the market for one check out the one below!
Vapourizer to break up congestion
A vaporizer or a steamer can be effective to help clear out congestion and stuffy noses. Use caution to prevent steam burns or you can also use your shower to give a steaming, Simply close curtain and turn on to hot and allow room to steam with the door closed. Do not exceed more than 10 minutes at a time.
Vicks On Feet to decongest
Now if you have tried this you know it works! It does feel a bit uncomfortable so we usually do this after a bath and right before bed. Simply lather the bottoms of feet with Vicks vapour rub and slide on some comfy socks and whisk them off to bed. Don’t forget to rub-down the chest and back too. When my girls were infants however I did not use Vicks on their chest to be safe. I purchased Vicks baby rub and applied to their feet and back.
Chicken Noodle Soup fights the flu
When someone is sick they are often brought soup to help them mend and as a way of showing them you care. But did you know there are actually many great reasons to have soup, especially chicken noodle, when sick? First off hot soup will help break up congestion and soothe your throat. Salt from the chicken broth will help soothe the throat too and now the most important property of chicken noodle soup is that the broth has been discovered to have anti-inflammatory properties! This will help soothe that even more. So next time someone is sick whip up a batch of chicken noodle soup whether it be homemade or Campbells, it is well worth it!
Our Cold and Flu Relief Tea
This homemade concoction I made up years ago actually when I had strep throat. Boy was I cursed with terrible strep and tonsillitis when I was younger! The peppermint tea (or sleepytime tea) provides a nice base that helps to break up congestion yet is soothing.
Honey is a natural sweetener and great for soothing a sore throat (not recommended for children under the age of 2).
Lemon juice helps to soothe as well but if you are experiencing voice strain be sure to limit how much citrus you intake as it can be damaging in excessive amounts to the lining of your throat and esophagus which can actually cause you to lose your voice. ( been there… I had to download an app to yell at the kids for me! Totally blows, save that voice!)
Halls are great on their own but adding them to your hot tea mixture really helps to open up your sinuses and chest too.
If the flu is what ails you and needs some pain relief then drop a dose of Tylenol into the mixture.
- peppermint tea
- lemon juice
- a Halls
- Tylenol (for flu aches and pains)
Be sure not to exceed the amount of suggested Tylenol during a 24 hour period. You should possibly writedown time and amount of Tylenol taken because when someone is sick or a bunch of loved ones are sick it becomes very difficult to remember exact amounts and times!
Drink plenty of fluids to flush out the cold and flu
Fluids are essential when someone is ill. They are vital to recovery and will help ease excess muscle pain too. Dehydration is a complication that needs to be taken seriously in our most at-risk family members.
It can be hard to get fluids ingested in those who are not well so you may need to pull out all the tricks. Providing a cool water bottle with straw and non-drip is great for those bedridden with the flu. Popsicles and freezies can help too as well as soups and other warm liquids.
Soft tissues for a delicate nose
There is nothing worse than sneezing and blowing your nose and not getting any comfort for your poor nose. try to find some soft comfort tissue to help ease that tender nose. You can also apply a bit of gentle moisturizer to the nose to prevent drying and of the surrounding skin. try to avoid applying Vicks to this area as it will be quite tender.
Washing hands prevents the spread of flu
Washing hands is essential to prevent the spreading of germs within your home and community. Getting kids to do a proper job can be difficult but there are some great ideas to help them get more excited about washing their hands!
- sing the ABCs with them while handwashing
- add a drop of food colouring into liquid soap to add some fun colour
- try a new fun soap
- try out our old handwashing song
wash wash wash your hands,
got to get them clean
every finger one by one
and lather in betweensang to row row row your boat tune (repeat 3-4 times)
Vapour Bath for chest relief
When the kids were younger I stumbled across this vapour bath and I must say it helped a lot when they were so little and I felt lost with what I could do to comfort them. This is a mild vapour but is soothing and relaxing. I have used it in my own bath too.
Vitamin C combats colds and flu
If you are not getting enough vitamin C cold and flu season is the time when you should up the anti and supplement. Don’t forget to take care of you too, around all these nasty bugs!
Thanks so much for coming today and I sure hope this cold and flu season does not hit you all too hard. I hope you find our tips helpful and are able to provide some comfort to your loved ones this cold and flu season.
Until next time;
The Old Summers Home