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With the colder months drawing nearer and flu season well and truly in affect it's time to stock up the medicine cupboard to avoid any nasty colds and flus especially when it comes to children. There's nothing worse than see your little ones unwell and being at the doctors every week.
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 Olbas for Children to relieve your child’s cold or flu symptoms. I always have a bottle of Olbas for Children ready in the cupboard, because Harry is prone to getting colds. Amelia's immune system is slightly stronger as she was breastfed for two years so she doesn't really get ill often.
Olbas for Children is a gentle, yet effective decongestant developed especially for children aged three months and over. It's made with a combination of essential pure plant oils, such as eucalyptus, mint, clove, juniperberry and cajuput, Olbas for Children is a gentle formulation to help children breathe easy and support a good night’s sleep - the all-important aid to a good recovery. Placing a few drops onto a tissue or handkerchief placed out of reach in your child’s bedroom, releases the distinctive decongesting vapours which can help them get over the cold a lot quicker. I recommend popping to your local pharmacy or supermarket and ensuring that you're well stocked up.
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 or child is at 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 daughter never had a cold when she was younger 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 by 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 covered up.
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.
Do you have any tips for taking care of your little ones this winter?