Winter is upon us and that can only mean one thing - flu season. While the kids will be enjoying the crisp days wrapped up to the hilt in wooly hats and scarves, there's not much we can do to prevent colds creeping up on them. Over-the-counter medications can help, but there aren't many products suitable for children. However, all is not lost - you can help your little red-nosed reindeer get over their ailments with these handy home remedies and a good ol' fashioned dose of love.
Plenty of rest
Keeping kids inside snuggled up can be difficult when all of their friends are outside making snow forts, but the importance of resting can never be underestimated. Our bodies need a break from over-exertion when we're poorly, so turn Hallmark on, keep them home from school and enjoy some couch time.
Lots of fluids
Remember when you were a kid and mom used to force you to sip water for the duration of your illness? It might have annoyed the heck out of you - and it'll probably annoy your child too - but keeping them hydrated is essential. Fever, vomiting, runny noses and tummy upsets all lose precious fluids that need replenishing.
Use a humidifier
Not all households have one, but if you can get your mittens on a humidifier then it would benefit you in the long run. Moist air can help break down nasal congestion that often keeps little ones awake at night, helping both you and them get a good night's sleep.
Olbas oil is the holy grail of cold and flu remedies but is often overlooked. The handy bottle is cheap to buy and a little goes a long way. Made up of lots of helpful essential oils like cajuput, clove, juniper berry and eucalyptus, you can sprinkle some on your child's pillow or in their bath to help unblock their sniffles. Like any essential oil though, take care not to apply directly to the skin.
Most importantly, if you are thinking about using any pharmacy medication to help your child, then be sure to consult with your doctor first.