Cold and flu season is here. When the temperatures starts dropping, those nasty flu bugs start multiplying. With three out of three children in school, I can only begin to imagine the germs and bugs they are exposed to. It will begin with a runny nose, a cough will develop, then comes the fever, mood swings and tiredness. There’s no greater heartache for a mother, than a mother with a sick child. They are hot, they are uncomfortable, they are hurting and you can’t do anything for them!
DR. Mom knows best!
The worst cold and flu season we experienced was when DS5 was 8 months old. He had been sick on and off for a few weeks. After trying medication, I took him to see our (then) family doctor. She sloughed me off as a worried new mother (mind you this was DS #2). There was a twinge in my gut. Something wasn’t right. I know my baby and this child was not him! I spent the day at my parent’s house and watched my son get sicker and sicker. He would lie on my shoulder and barely move. Panicked, I took him to our local Kinderclinic (a clinic set up after hours run by pediatricians). The pediatrician took one look at him and told me he was barely breathing. His cold had gone into his lungs and was producing asthmatic type reactions. For the next four months, my son was treated via a nebulizer every four hours to return his lungs back to a state of normalcy. Every cold and season, I cringe when I hear him cough and pay very close attention to his breath. The first sign of wheezing and he’s on puffers and taken to our NEW family doctor right away.
Cold and Flu season Mom’s Must Haves!
When cold and flu season attack its important to have the correct tools on hand to assess and deal with the symptoms. Here are my top three cold and flu weapons of choice:
I remember when I was little having to stick the hard thermometer under my tongue and sit quietly for 5 minutes. It was uncomfortable, probably unreliable and time consuming. As a result, I have always wanted an ear thermometer for my children. The Braun ThermoScan was amazing. Simply place the tip of the scan in your child’s ear, wait maybe three seconds for the beep and read the temperature. It features a patented pre-warmed tip to minimizes the cooling effect that could result from the insertion of a cool probe tip. To test its accuracy, I took the temperature of all three of my children, three separate times (5 minutes apart). Each time the same number appeared on the thermometer (but different for each child my child). The Braun Thermoscan was easy to use that my DS5 figured out how to use the Thermometer while I was still reading the instructions. I love that it comes with a hard case for storage and disposable ear tips to ensure germs are not being passed from person to person. Definitely a must for a mother with small children!
Everyone knows that the best medicine for a cold or flu is sleep. But how can you sleep when your nose is plugged and your head is about to explode? The Vicks Starry Night cool mist humidifier naturally and effectively helps relieve cough and congestion. With the addition of the scent pad heater, Vick’s vapors are released into the air to help calm irritated nasal passages. The combination of the quiet operation and the multicolor star projection, comforts my DD2 and puts her to sleep every night! She loves the stars so much that after her last cold, we continue to use the star projection setting as a night light. I love that the stars work independently from the humidifier so I can determine which functions are need when.
After DS5’s cold induced asthma scare when he is 8 months, I have always been worried about his breathing. Most of the time he is healthy, happy 5 year old with a ton of energy, but when allergens are in the air, his face can puff up and his asthma can return. Having a good air purifier in the house is very important. The Honeywell AirGenius 5 Air Cleaner/Odour Reducer with Allergen and Germ Reduction Settings offers outstanding air cleaning performance. It cleans 99.9 % of the airborne allergies and germs from the air in a 250 sq foot room easily and effectively with advanced filter technology. It was simple to set up and even easier to use. The Touch controls allow you to set a program (from SLEEP (almost silent operation), GERM (for cold & flu season), GENERAL Cleaning, ALLERGEN (for peak allergen season) or MAX Cleaning Power) with the simple touch of a button. Select how long you want the purifier to run and whether or not you want a nightlight or oscillating fan and you are good to go. What amazed me most was that a machine this powerful was able to clean the air of my entire room without making a sound. For the first time in a long time, I’m looking forward to spring allergy season and a happier, healthier DS5.