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    Aromatic chest rub: Aromatic chest rubs can help relieve cold and flu symptoms and blocked noses. Chest rubs and generally contain some natural ingredients, such as camphor, menthol and eucalyptus, which can help relieve congestion. Choose a chest rub that’s been specially formulated for babies or children and check the suitability according to your child’s age.

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    Nurofen for Children: Nurofen for Children can effectively relieve four signs of cold and flu in children, including fever, headache, body aches and sore throats. Nurofen for Children gets to work on fevers from just 15 minutes and reduces fever for up to 8 hours. Its handy syringe makes it easy to administer, and it’s available in a pleasant-tasting orange- or strawberry-flavoured formula. Nurofen for Children is available in both a specially formulated preparation for babies & young children (3 months to 5 years range) and in a more concentrated formula for older children (5 to 12 years range). There are also soft chewable capsules available for children 7 years and older.

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    Emollient cream: Colds in particular mean lots of nose-wiping, and it doesn’t take long for the skin on little noses to become red and sore. Wiping a child’s irritated nose adds additional misery to life with a cold. Getting in early with regular applications of a barrier cream can help soothe and protect little noses.

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    Tissues: Tissues are essential during cold and flu season. In particular, look out for extra-soft tissues such as those coated with aloe vera – it’s ideal for use around the sensitive nose area.8 Arm yourself with boxes of tissues around the house – in bedrooms, bathrooms and living areas, and don’t forget travel packs for the car and your handbag.

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    Saline nasal spray: Many children struggle to blow their noses at the best of times, but a blocked nose makes the task extra tricky. Saline nasal drops or sprays can help unblock a baby or toddler’s nose, giving them temporary relief from this annoying cold and flu symptom. Always choose saline drops or sprays that have been specially formulated for babies and young children.

Also worth considering

Other products can provide temporary relief from cold and flu symptoms. Many parents swear by honey to soothe a cough in children over 12 months. Throat lozenges are available for children over the age of 6 and can provide soothing relief of sore throat. Menthol lozenges may also help clear a stuffy nose.

So there you have it. While there’s no stopping the arrival of the winter cold and flu season, at least this year you’ll be prepared!