Winter is on its way. As well as colder weather, the chilly season brings with it additional challenges for parents of young children – chief among them the increased prevalence of colds and flu.
Bracing for the cold and flu season is a wise move. Here are some top items for helping your children suffering from cold and flu.
1. Aromatic chest rub
Aromatic chest rubs can help relieve cold and flu symptoms and blocked noses, and are soothing to apply. Chest rubs can be used on the whole family and generally contain some natural ingredients, such as peppermint, lavender and eucalyptus, which can help relieve congestion. Choose a chest rub that’s been specially formulated for babies or children.
2. Nurofen for Children*
Nurofen for Children can effectively relieve the four major signs of cold and flu in children, including fever, headache, body aches and sore throats. Nurofen for Children gets to work on fevers in just 15 minutes and reduces fever for up to 8 hours. Its handy syringe makes it super-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.
3. Petroleum jelly
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 petroleum jelly can protect little noses from becoming red-raw.
Tissues are essential during cold and flu season, so stock up in advance when your supermarket or pharmacy has tissues on special. 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. 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.
5. 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 sore throats in children over 12 months. Throat lozenges are available for children over the age of 6 and can provide soothing relief. Menthol or eucalyptus lozenges may also help clear a stuffy head. A cuddly heat pack may also offer welcome comfort to a small, aching body and is easy to heat and reheat in the microwave. Take care not to over-heat it and cause burning.
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!
*Always read the label. Use only as directed. Incorrect use could be harmful. Consult your healthcare professional if symptoms persist. Do not give to babies under 3 months. Seek medical advice for children less than one year.
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Always read the label. Use only as directed. Incorrect use could be harmful. If symptoms persist consult your healthcare professional.