Getting You and Baby Ready for Cold Season
*This post is sponsored by Bayer. To make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label. Getting You and Baby Ready for Cold Season
‘Tis the season….for runny noses, fevers and coughs. Cold season is upon us and this year, I’m ready for it. Last year was my first year as a Mum during this lovely time of year and through trial and error, I put together a list of things that worked well for me and my little one.
Here is how I got ready for the cold season in 2017-2018:
Wash Your Hands
Kids are gross. I watched in horror as my little man attempted to drink out of a puddle a few weeks ago. They are sneezing, coughing and nose picking before licking all the balls in the ball pit, high fiving their friends and sharing cups. This means that they are also sharing germs and bacteria. Yuck! To try and combat the cooties, my son and I wash our hands when we can. We’ve even turned it into a game with a song so it is something we both look forward to. He also has a bath everyday just to get the germs that I missed.
I don’t know if you have tried to clear a baby’s stuffy nose but it is one of the most difficult/trying/stressful practices ever. I have been using hydraSense Baby Nasal Care with my baby since he was born. It’s free of any meds or preservatives, and is effective for clearing moderate nasal congestion in newborns and young infants. hydraSense helps to reduce and relieve nasal cold symptoms, helping my little man breathe better when he needs it. The Starter Kit includes an aspirator (and filters!) to clear all the mucus from baby’s sinuses. Very useful!
Winter is cold and dark but it is important to keep your kids active. Exercise can help keep your body strong and able to fight off germs and bacteria that can potentially make your family vulnerable to the cold and flu. This may sound daunting in the snow but staying healthy and active is as simple as taking a walk around the block, playing a game outside or even shovelling the driveway together! ☺
Eat Your Veggies!
Make sure you are eating your greens- especially throughout the cold season. Food rich in vitamin D and C will help make sure your body is strong and healthy enough to fight off germs that try to invade your body. Food such as cheese, kale, egg yolks, clementine’s, broccoli and berries are all great additions to your diet this winter. Talk to your doctor to see if vitamin supplements would also work for you and your family.
Know When To Call Your Doctor
Be proactive this fall and talk to your family doctor or paediatrician in advance about when to call should illness strike. Also remember that Telehealth Ontario is a great free resource. Through this service, registered nurses can give you confidential medical advice or information 24 hours a day, seven days a week. I like to keep the Telehealth Ontario phone number on the fridge along with a copy of my son’s health card number.
Remember to keep your nanny or caregiver in the loop on your medical discussions and approach to healing.
Telehealth Ontario: +1 866-797-0000
What are your top cold and flu preparation tips?
*This post is sponsored by Bayer. To make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label.