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Look After Your Little Ones This Winter!


Winter is the worst time of year for illnesses especially in younger children. Many parents find themselves asking "How can I keep my baby from getting sick in the winter", Good question! It's always a good idea to stock up on a few medicines so you're not left in the lurch and needing a trip out to the pharmacy late at night.

Here are a few things you can do to be prepared for the cold winter months ahead. 

Stock up on enough medicines

It's always a good idea to have a number of the basic medicines on hand for your little ones. Most definitely have some calpol, nurofen, ibuprofen, and vicks. If you have a younger baby or newborn ensure you have plenty of colic medicines such as colief as well as a baby syringe as they are much easier to give to your child. Pharmacy At Hand have a huge range of medicines that will see you through the winter. 

Always wash their hands - and yours

The most effective way to get rid of cold and flu germs if regular hand washing. Ensure you was your hands every time you prepare food, go to the bathroom, change their nappy and wipe their runny nose. If your baby is in nursery ensure that you wash their hands when they come home especially if they have been around other children who may be ill.

Ensure your baby/toddler has been vaccinated

Make sure your babies vaccinations are up to date and that they get a yearly flu shot as well as all of the necessary injections. This will help protect your child from many viruses and bacteria. 

Try to boost your baby's immunity naturally

Breastfed babies will have optimum immunity which is fantastic and it is known that breastfed babies rarely get ill. My 18 month old daughter hasn't had a cold yet and has never really been ill as such which I believe is down to us breastfeeding. Once they are eating solids make sure they are getting all of the nutrients they need buy offering them a variety of healthy foods including fruit and vegetables. 

Wrap up warm

If you are venturing out, ensure that your little ones are dressed in plenty of layers of clothing. For children 12 months and older they require the same amount of clothing as you would and younger babies tend to need one extra layer whether that be a vest, t-shirt, cardigan/jumper and jacket. Also a hat is a must and be sure to protect their fingers and toes. If their lips start turning blue or they have a pale, nose, ears or fingertips they may be too cold so try and keep them all covered. 

For more information on what to have in your medicine cabinet this winter check out this post. Most of all have fun this winter whether that be splashing in puddles, building snowmen or going for long winter walks.

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113 comments

  1. yep, cold n flu season is here, thanks for the tips.

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  2. Ooh love these tips. I hate being ill and I'm sure it's very frustrating for little ones.

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  3. Brilliants tips, everyone should take note :) xx

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  4. Excellent tips

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  5. Thanks for this - really helpful!

    stacey.tripconey@yahoo.com

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  6. As usual really good advice I don't normally stock up on medicines etc buy them as I need them, but its a really sensible idea and I'm going to start doing this

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  7. Great idea I've always been a pro active rather than reactive type so great advice thank you.

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  8. thank you for these tips! i love how you're bringing awareness to vaccinations!

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  9. Great Tips Thank you. Would love to know where i could purchase the measuring spoon used in the first picture? :)

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  10. Some great advice here, book marked incase i need it at a later date

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  11. Some good advice, we are always looking for ways to keep our 6yr old as healthy as possible as she has heart problems and has to be on warfarin for life and have regular blood tests as illness and medicines can affect her INR levels

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  12. Layering is so important - so cold outside but so warm inside shops etc! I find scarves and cardis work best x

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  13. Tracy Alder-Ashwin5 November 2013 at 21:38

    Thank you for the tips

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  14. So important to bear in mind! Amy Ripley

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  15. Fabulous read & tips :) Really enjoyed from Isabel Baker

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  16. Breastfeeding is great, I wish I was able to do it longer! :(

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  17. christine shelley6 November 2013 at 09:18

    thanks for the good advice

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  18. Great advice, my little one has had a couple of sniffles but nothing major....I'll follow your advice and hopefully that will be the worst of it! x

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  19. These things seem so simple but are easily forgotten when you're busy. Our son had a bad cold last Christmas and I'm determined he wont be ill again this year! Medicine will be in the cupboard just in case though :)

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  20. Thats great advice especially for new mums

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  21. great advice for the winter , thanks.

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  22. useful tips/advice at mine we always keep the medicines topped up as its always the case you need them when you haven't got any in

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  23. Some good tips, as a nutritionist, boosting immunity is vital. Lots of vit a c e and selenium etc.

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  24. Fantastic advice! Thank you very much :)

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  25. Great advice; the hat is a must, babies (and adults too) lose so much heat through their head that it's imperative that they wear a hat.

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  26. Good advice. And bubble wrap them before they head off to nursery :) Hee hee!

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  27. Thanks for reminding me to stock up! My bathroom cupboard is looking suspiciously empty! xx

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  28. Some really good advice! Thank you!

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  29. Always looking for tips to look over the family in winter. This is a great article.

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  30. I couldn't agree more with stocking up. Last year 4 of us were sick at the same time. I dragged myself to Sainsburys where I was only allowed to get enough medison and tablets to last us all 12 hours at the most. I had to drive to Tescos and then use the pharmacy on the way home to get enough medicene to look after us all for a few days. I;m stocked up already this year.

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  31. Thanks for the great article with loads of tips and hints

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  32. What a useful article - I have always tended to accept all the winter bugs without thinking proactively about what we could do to minimise their effects :)

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  33. Very useful for little ones and worrying mamas xx

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  34. Great advice. We've been lucky and my little ones rarely have anything more than a cold but they have such a terrible time sleeping when they have a cold we'd like to keep even those to a minimum.

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  35. good advice i will use thank you

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  36. Fab advice,thank-you for sharing

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  37. Great tips. I do have a medicine cupboard, with essentials.

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  38. Brilliant site keep up the good work

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  39. Relevant advice. As prevent if possible, i.e. washing hands appropriately is important. Though I wouldn't have thought of washing baby / child's hands after nursery. Your advice seems sense-able as they are mixing with so many other individuals.
    Good diet is also important, Breastfeeding is beneficial, and as you say a mixed diet with fruit and vegetables when weaning /weaned. As a variety of beneficial nutrients are gained.
    Being prepared :- relevant again, though I tend to find it is tissues and baby wipes which are the necessary supplies. I also like to ensure plenty of fruit juices (variety). As provides fluid, and vitamins etc.
    Often cold / flu can quickly spread around a family. I always aim to avoid this by encouraging family members of an old saying "coughs and sneezes spread diseases". So that they will aim to avoid cross-infection.

    Rachel Craig

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  40. Easy things to do that make a big difference

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  41. As always, some sound advice shared.. thank you!

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  42. great advice,bugs keep going from child to child for the past few months at our school :/

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  43. Pam Francis Gregory11 November 2013 at 13:09

    Thanks for the great advise.

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  44. Great tips....as soon as your little ones start Nursery/School they seem to pick up 'bugs' so easily,prevention is a great way to try and stop what bugs you can :)

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  45. Great advice - I always have plenty of calpol and ibuprofen in for the kids as well as creams for itchy skin ( I bought a great cream form the chemist for chicken pox which is great for any conditions which cause itchy spots), and have Piriton in as children can get allergies to anything or irritations. Make the most of nannys etc who knit and ask them to knit them something warm like a cardi or gloves / hats / scarves for xmas :)

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  46. Great tips. just reminded me that I need to stock up on cold medicines, it is always handy to keep some in the cupboard.

    @tjsi1963

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  47. great advice. some things i never thought of

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  48. great advice for the upcoming cold weather
    thank you

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  49. I've just bought a snowsuit for my little one. She looks so snug in it, shame they don't have them in adult sizes too!

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  50. My daughter is having her flu jab soon to take care of her health this winter :)

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  51. nice to see lots info to help keep our littluns well

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  52. Very good advice! I always struggled to keep hats on tiny ones though - they always throw them off no matter what I try!

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  53. Great advice always getting cold from the younger members of the family x

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  54. Thanks for all the great tips! :)

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  55. Fantastic tips, hoping little one doesnt catch the flu

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  56. I hate seeing little ones out and about with snotty noses, there are so many parents who don't seem bothered by it

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  57. I always Layer my children as this way its easy to cool down if they do get to hot :) great advice

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  58. Christine McCormack14 November 2013 at 21:32

    Thanks for the good advice :)

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  59. Touch wood, my 2 littlest have never been ill!

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  60. Good advice, lots of nasty bugs going around at the moment x

    Tiffany Oconnell

    @toc83

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  61. you can buy baby vitamin drops which i found were a great way to boost their little immune systems at this time of year.

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  62. Brilliant advice (",)

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  63. Just whats needed this winter as its meant to be a rough one again :(

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  64. Great advice. I am astounded by the number of babies and toddlers you see in the middle of the winter without hats and gloves on :-(

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  65. great advice, there are some nasty bugs about already

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  66. Once again some very useful tips

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  68. thanx for the tips x

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