Saturday morning cuddles are the best! 💖
I love cuddling up with my twos and even more so when they are off the radar with cold and flu. As we all know, winter is a tough time, it seem that many families, and children had many days off school, resulting in missing many lessons and also social events because bacterials are hard to miss from colds, flu and sickness germs.
I hope that the following tips will help us all get through the next few weeks…
1. Eat healthily – plenty of fruit and vegetables, lots of leafy green and fermented food such as; pickles, barley, rice or soybeans, miso, and yogurt
2. Drink plenty of fluids, ideally water, to clean out the system.
3. Good night sleep:
- Good bedtime routine allows children to wind down and get to sleep at a reasonable hour.
- Children ideally should be off screens at least an hour before bedtime, (especially computers, hand held games).
- Bedtime Story provides a calm environment. Our favourite book is the Gruffalo’s Child.
- Consider ventilation, to provide an aired room.
- Vicks Vapour Rub*~ Rub small amount of their chest and back which will help them breathe little easier, especially at night. The ointment will helps relieve nasal congestion, catarrh, sore throat and coughs due to colds. Also rub a small amount on the soles of their feet and cover them with socks will give the trick to help them get a good nights sleep. Vicks Rub are for children aged 2 years+. Vicks First Defence is a medical Device. Always read the label.
4. Watching our favourite Disney Film – usually the Angry Bird or Frozen!
5. Fresh air – if children are poorly, wrap up warmly, but still need outdoor fresh air and exercise.
6. Reduce the chance of catching bacterials:
- Hand washing – always wash before meal times, as germs can be pick up from multitude of surfaces that we touch throughout the day.
- Tissues – have tissues in a pocket for nose-blowing. Bin it after used and wash hands.
- Cough and sneeze with mouth covered with hands, and wash hands afterwards.
7. Do some #VicksTricks
Vicks conducted a survey of 2000 parents asking them what they do to comfort there little ones when they are poorly.
- Over half (52%) of parents said that rest was the most important thing for making children feel better
- This was followed by ‘medicine’, which 40% of parents rely on
- More than a third of parents (36%) believe in the power of TLC
And when it comes to keeping children entertained:
- Three out of four (75%) British parents put on the TV or a DVD
- Over a quarter (27%) read to their children
- 1 in 10 parents get really creative; either telling jokes (8%) or even do magic tricks (2%)
Family Psychologist Corinne Sweet highlights that “one of the most powerful antidotes to sickness developing further, is parental care and concern.”
Corinne advises that “listening to a story or watching a film is a good idea, as it is soothing and promotes laughter (an immune booster). But don’t let them play video games, watch scary films or spend hours on screens. This will keep their minds over-stimulated, when their immune systems need gentler stimulation and rest.”
Do you have any other tips to add to the list? How do you comfort your little ones when they are poorly? Do share your tricks with us.
This post is an entry for the #VicksTricks Campaign.
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