As the seasons are charging and the cold weather begins to close in on us, we need to start preparing for the cold and flu season. Planning ahead for cold and flu season will make life a lot easier on your family. Here are some tips that we do for our family that can be helpful for you to better prepare.
Making your cold and flu fighting kit
Start off by inventorying you medicine cabinet, just in case you may be low or out of ascentials. You are going to want to make sure you have pain relievers/ fever reducers, such as tylenol or motrin. Also the obvious cold and flu medicine is another necessity. The way we do it in our family, we make sure to have at least one bottle of fever reducer and one bottle of cold medicine per child. Same goes for the adults. We keep special cold medicine that doesn’t have any Tylenol in it (for the one weird one that is allergic to Tylenol).
Also stocking up on herbal teas is a good idea. Sleepytime tea is really good for a cold. The chamomile in it helps to relax you and help you rest, while the spearmint will help open you up similar to vicks vapor rub.
Another huge must have in your cold and flu fighting kit is an oral thermometer. It is really important to keep track of how high your families fevers get. If a fever gets too high you will need to get medical treatment as soon as possible. You can get more information on the best oral thermometers to keep in your cold and flu fighting kit on https://www.vivehealth.com/blogs/resources/best-oral-thermometer.
Keeping the germs at bay
To help prevent the spread of germs, encouraging your family to wash their hands constantly is a must. Make sure to stock up on antibacterial soap and always use hot water when washing your hands. Stocking up on hand sanitizer too is a great way to be prepared for cold and flu season.
Another way to fight the germs is to use throw away cups, plates and eating utensils. You won’t have to worry about washing dishes or worry if you got them disinfected enough to not ‘play ping pong’ with getting a cold or flu.
Make sure to keep an arsenal of disinfectant spray. You are going to want to disinfect everything in the house daily (in my case I spray everything down at least twice a day). Making sure you kills off those pesky cold and flu germs will help your family get over being sick faster.
Last but definitely not least, make sure your family gets their flu shots. It may not fight the cold germs, it will prevent them from getting the flu.
Prepping for those upcoming sick days
It is important to have a plan of action for those upcoming sick days. In case you can’t get off work if your kids get sick, have a backup babysitter. Also check how many sick days you have available in case you get sick as well.
Stock up on soups, easy on the stomach meals, juice and ginger ale. You want to have the kitchen stocked with food and drinks that will be easy on the stomach, but still have the nutrition your family will need to fight off those cold and flu symptoms.
Cranberry juice is high in antioxidants, which help to boost the immune system. Orange juice is high in vitamin C, which is also good to boost the immune system and fight off infections and viruses. Ginger ale and cola will help ease an upset stomach.
Avoid any kind of overly spiced soups and foods, because these can cause upset stomachs. Bland may not taste all that great, but they will keep you from getting an upset stomach as well.
Movies, books, Netflix and plenty of rest
Rest is essential to getting over a cold or the flu. Get your favorite movies out, pay up on you Netflix account, and gather up some amazing reading material. Binge watching your favorite tv shows or having movie marathons will help your family to rest up and past the time while they are sick. For us it Harry Potter and Star Wars movie marathons. The binge watch their favorite cartoons on Netflix. And, of course, the stockade of e-book on the Kindle.
Getting sick sucks
While getting sick is not something anyone really looks forward to, being prepared does make it easier in case you and/or your family does get sick. Prep for the worst, but keep you hopes up for the best is a good a good way to look at it, when preparing for cold and flu season.
Contributed by Joe Fleming, Vive Health Co-Founder