First the snuffles, then the mouth breathing due to total bunging of the nose. The constant candlesticks of green snot and the sore, red cheeks as a result of smearing it all in with a bit of dribble thrown in.
I never have and probably never will have a packet of disposable tissues in my pocket like a responsible mother but this winter I am determined to get into a better and healthier mindset when it comes to letting the lack of control that I have over my life when my kids are ill, wash over me.
As frustrating as it can feel when you lie awake at night a) genuinely feeling very worried about the fact that your child is really unwell and b) worrying about what the hell you are going to do in the morning about your childcare/work situation, fifteen years of mothering have taught me that it actually makes no difference. I’ve laid awake all night listening to a cougher and fretting only for them to wake up the next morning and skip off to school right as rain… you just have to make a call and do what you need to do whether that be telling nursery where to get hold of you should they need to or clearing the decks for the day and making a mother and child shaped dent on the sofa underneath a duvet. This is motherhood.
However when it comes to fighting off the lurgy there are some things you can do to make life a little easier. By looking after yourself you can ensure that you don’t catch any of the bugs that the children bring home. I’ve recently discovered a few top tips via Olbas and their ambassador and leading GP, Dr Roger Henderson on keeping winter viruses and infection for all the family to a minimum and thought they were pretty useful to share. Some of them may seem obvious but we all need reminding.
Dr Henderson’s 10 Top Tips to Fend off Colds & Flu
1. Eat healthily – A variety of at least five fruit and vegetable portions a day are great for boosting your immune system. A portion of fruit includes one medium-sized whole fruit or three smaller fruits, for example satsumas or dried apricots. Keep bugs at bay by eating plenty of garlic and onion. Known for their antiviral, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties they can help fight infections.
2. Drink lots of water – especially if you spend a lot of time in central heated spaces or have a cold or the flu. Not only will it keep your body hydrated, but it will also help to flush out toxins. Always drink at least 1.2 litres of water per day.
3. Use an over the counter decongestant remedy – Natural formulas such as Olbas For Children offer a gentle decongestant formulation to relieve congestion in even the smallest noses of the family
4. Get enough sleep – It’s the body’s natural way of recharging its batteries. So, if you start to feel under the weather, help your body to recover by getting more sleep.
5. Drink tea – Green tea is one of the richest sources of antioxidants, so it’s great for helping you to beat winter bugs and improving your immune system.
6. Breathe in steam – Take a warm shower or inhale from a bowl of steamy water as a way of introducing warm, moist air into the nose and lungs to help loosen any mucus. Add a few drops of an inhalant decongestant such as Olbas Oil and breathe in the vapours to relieve blocked noses.
7. Relax more – When your body is under stress you are more susceptible to the viral infections that cause colds and flu, so keep calm and stay healthy.
8. Don’t touch your face – The cold virus is often carried on the hands and then enters your body through your eyes, nose or mouth. So, minimise the risk of catching a cold by washing your hands regularly. To get rid of germs, rub your hands together vigorously with lots of soap and warm water for at least 15 seconds.
9. Get moving – Exercise especially in the fresh air helps increase immune functions. White blood cells that kill and fight bacteria and germs need enough oxygen to work and function properly. Fresh air helps the airways of your lungs to dilate more fully and improves the lungs cleansing action.
10. Use disposable tissues – Blowing your nose or sneezing into a tissue will help contain the germs. Quickly disposing the tissue then washing your hands reduces the risk of spreading infection.
Olbas for Children has been a staple ingredient of our medicine cupboard for many years now. It’s been a big help for all of the children at some point or another but if my recommendation isn’t enough here are a few other reasons that you might consider using it this winter.
- Olbas for Children is a gentle yet effective decongestant formulation developed especially for infants over three months
- Olbas for Children offers effective day or night relief for little stuffy noses to relieve congestion and ease natural breathing
- Olbas for Children is formulated especially for infants aged over 3 months – 2 years
- Olbas for Children is a mixture of pure plant oils which gives off natural vapours to immediately clear nasal congestion and relieve painful sinuses
- During the day time, add 4 drops of Olbas For Children to a tissue and hold close to, but not touching, the child’s nose, to allow them to breathe in the vapours
- At night time, add 4 drops to a tissue and place in the bedroom out of the child’s reach to inhale throughout the night
- The number 1 decongestant oil brand, Olbas is a brand families can trust. Olbas offers effective natural remedies for relief of cold and flu symptoms for even the smallest noses of the family.
Oh and if you or the children do become unwell try not to let guilt about staying away from work or skipping out on other commitments consume you. You’re actually doing everyone a favour by staying at home and keeping your bugs to yourself though I totally understand that swallowing this is easier said than done!
Wishing you all a healthy winter! Feel free to share any of your top tips for staying well in the comments.
This post has been sponsored by Olbas for Children
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