Tis the season for cold and flu season and if you have ever had to care for your loved ones with a cold you know that it can be a struggle. For some moms, catching a cold is just another day at the office. If your household is like mine, when the kids (and husbands) catch a cold it can be an ordeal. I don’t know how Moms do it, but somewhere the powers within come to a front and mom is to the rescue without skipping a beat. Here’s how I take care of my family when illness strikes.
Tips to care for your loved ones with a cold
Scratch all plans (Don’t feel guilty about it either)
Forget all fun or productive plans that you may have had for the week. They will only stress you out even more and disappoint you when you aren’t able to accomplish them or enjoy an activity. It happens to everyone. Don’t feel guilty about messing out on plans with family and friends. There will be other plans, there will ALWAYS be chores to do. If you don’t get to them, life will not stop. However, if you don’t take care of your family and their ills you will ALWAYS hear about it for the rest of your life… (Okay, maybe not, but most likely!)
Stock up on cold supplies NOW
Keep your medicine cabinet stocked and ready to go when colds strike. The most annoying thing is the world to do is hit up the local convenience store at midnight to get supplies. More preparation means less stress during an already stressful moment.
- Chloraseptic Spray® to relieve the pain and discomfort of sore throats. Save with this coupon.
- Chloraseptic® lozenge can provide relief during cold & flu season. Chloraseptic® lozenges have a soothing liquid center that relieves pain and cools nasal passages.
- Tissue paper for stuffy noses.
- A Clean Humidifier
- A good movie or television show to snuggle up to during their sickness time.
Be patient and breathe
Just don’t let them breathe all over you or you will find yourself sick the following week. Then, they get sick and here you are again playing the full time nurse. It’s a never-ending cycle that can stop if you are able to wash your hands frequently, don’t eat or drink after each other, don’t share towels and try to refrain from kissing your partner. (My husband always ignores the part of no kissing though!) Be patient with those who are sick and if you can try to sneak in a moment for you to gather your thoughts to show empathy when you may be at your wits end. Perhaps a moment to daydream about a time where your family is not sick to give you something to look forward to when the illness passes.
Prevention is key
If you want to avoid having to take care of sick ones in the first place, work with your family to prevent them from catching the cold & flu with these wonderful tips from Chloraseptic® Pharmacist Maria Mantione. Also, stay educated on where the cold and flu is more prevalent. Check for outbreaks and symptoms in your area, click on Cold + Flu Tracker and enter your zip code.
Tips for Cough & Cold Season:
- Wash your hands often. Washing your hands with soap and water is the best way to prevent the spread of the common cold.
- Prevent illness by practicing healthy habits. Make sure to get enough sleep, eat a balanced, nutritious diet, exercise, and minimize stress.
- If you do get sick, talk to your pharmacist about how to manage your symptoms with medications. Before cold season, stock your medicine cabinet with the essentials. Stick to single ingredient products, so you have you what you need to treat your specific symptoms. These include pain relievers and fever reducers, a decongestant, cough medicine, lozenges and a sore throat spray. Topical medications, like Chloraseptic sore throat sprays and lozenges are great to have on hand because they are portable, can be used safely with other cold medicines, and have very few side effects.
- Get your flu shot! The CDC recommends a flu shot for everyone over the age of 6 months. It is easy to get – just talk to your pharmacist. It the BEST way to prevent the spread of the flu. It does NOT prevent the common cold, but the flu is a devastating, serious illness that could put you out of commission for a week or more, or even worse, land you in the hospital with pneumonia or infect someone you love with a weaker immune system – like babies, the elderly, or those undergoing chemotherapy.
Hang in there mommas, the storm will pass with the right preparation, cold & flu supplies, and mind set. Hopefully your family will do the same for you when the tables are turned, because we all know that moms could use some help from time-to-time.
How do you care for loved ones with a cold?
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