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Surviving the cold and flu season

02/03/2016 Isabelle Racicot

I don't know how winter is going at your house, but in my home the cold and flu season is alive and well. We all know ways to survive this rather awful period, but it's always a good idea to review the basics...

TIP 1: MAINTAIN IDEAL HUMIDITY LEVELS

Studies have shown that maintaining indoor humidity levels between 40 and 60 percent reduces the survival of the flu virus in the air. Make sure you have a humidifier in all bedrooms, as they also provide the right amount of moisture to help you sleep better.

TRY THIS:

The Vicks® Sweet Dreams Cool Mist Humidifier. My family appreciates it, and the kids enjoy the projections on the ceiling as well as the cool mist.

TIP 2: USE LOTS OF TISSUES

This might seem like a silly tip, but how many times do I have to repeat this to my kids!

TIP 3: HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE

Drink lots of fluids to avoid dehydration and to flush mucus and other infections from your body. Some fruit juices are more acidic and can irritate your stomach or sore throat. Water and herbal teas are the best remedies to fight illness. I'm quite partial to hot beverages myself.

TIP 4: GET RID OF TERMS AND ALLERGENS

When someone in the family is sick, it's important to reduce germs on surfaces or in the air. Wipe down doorknobs and other surfaces that are frequently touched with an anti-bacterial cleanser. Use an air purifier to help reduce the presence of microscopic germs in the air. Air purifiers that have a true HEPA filter are effective at capturing certain airborne bacteria and viruses.

TRY THIS:

The Honeywell True HEPA Allergen Remover Air Purifier is the #1 doctor recommended brand. It's perfect for families wanting to reduce airborne allergens and viruses in their home, or families who have to deal with smelly teenagers :)

TIP 5: TAKE TEMPERATURES WITH PRECISION

Use a state-of-the-art thermometer to detect accurate body temperatures, because placing your hand on your child's forehead isn't really precise. For an instant soothing relief of fever, try placing a cool or wet towel on the back of his or her neck or underarms.

TRY THIS:

It's my go-to gift for all moms-to-be around me. The Braun line of thermometers includes a wide selection of measurement methods that are all designed to take precise, accurate readings. For children, the Braun ThermoScan® Ear Thermometer is easy to use and comfortable for any age.

TIP 6: GET COMFORTABLE

Create a comfortable space to recuperate, with all your cold and flu necessities nearby: a comfy blanket, a hot water bottle, books, movies and tissues.

TIP 7: TAKE A SICK DAY

By giving a day off to your body and mind you'll help your immune system fight infection. In addition to helping you recuperate, this will also prevent you from sharing your germs with others, which will be deeply appreciated by your colleagues during the cold and flu season!

Get well soon!