This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Holmes Products. All opinions are 100% mine.
If your whole family has been wiped out this winter by the cold, flu, or viruses then I can relate. I am really really sorry that I can relate. Here are some tips for fighting cold and flu symptoms and causes to help everyone back on their feet.
I know a cold, the flu, and viruses are all different beasts and require slightly different approaches. Personally, I’ve found that many of the remedies to prevent them or recover from them are the same. I often hear people say these phrases…
“My kids never get sick.”
“I haven’t gotten sick in years.”
I, on the other hand, tend to get sick with every season change. Nothing serious, but enough to knock me out for a day or two. Recently our entire household – nay the entire county – came down with a nasty stomach virus. It took a month before everyone under my roof stopped showing symptoms!
Needless to say, sickness has been on the brain. Namely, how to make sure that it doesn’t come back for round two and send me into the insane asylum. Being heavily pregnant with a never-ending stomach virus is not a great way to spend Thanksgiving and most of December.
Here’s how you can fight a cold, the flu, and viruses when they’ve wiped out your whole house.
1. Wash Wash Wash and switch out
At the first sign that something is going around strip the sheets, towels, and half dirty/half clean clothes in the house. Wash with a hefty helping of baking soda and/or hot water so the germs don’t keep circulating each time they lay down to rest. Which, if they are really down for the count, will be often.
A nurse friend said that we should always have extra toothbrushes stored away. Why? When someone comes down with a sickness you should immediately throw out your current toothbrush and start using another. Then, when you’ve fully recovered, throw that one out and go fresh. If you don’t want to waste toothbrushes you can always heavily sterilize and boil (if the toothbrush will withstand it) to avoid swishing around the evil germs.
Particularly if a stomach virus or bug has give everyone upset tummies, a BRAT diet is a great way to begin getting some food back in the body. BRAT is a bland-food diet that doesn’t further upset your stomach and will help to solidify what’s already in it to prevent further diarrhea and discomfort. BRAT stands for bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast. It’s a slight step up from saltine crackers, and it’s foods the kids won’t reject.
Whether it’s from unhealthy foods, viruses, or our bodies just being worn down, one way to regenerate from the inside out is to do some basic things to detox. Detox meaning to help get the toxins out of the body safely. Detoxing helps if you have the FLC Syndrome (Feel Like Crap). I’m not talking about detoxing to lose weight, but detoxing to recover from the cold, flu or a virus.
One easy way to detox that is actually appealing when you’re in recovery is a detox bath. These can tend to make you drowsy so giving the kids or yourself a detox bath before bed might be a soothing way to start the evening.
Things you use around the house regularly that may never get a good wash should be sterilized. Whether you put them on high heat in the dishwasher or use a kettle to boil some water, things like water bottles, sippy cups, and pacifiers should be attacked with a vengeance. Though these won’t bring you into a state of wellness immediately it will help prevent the nasty reinfection cycle.
Hydration is key when you’re fighting off an illness. Particularly when your body is actually trying to get rid of most of the liquid in your body. Water is an obvious choice, and it’s good to have everyone drink a small cup or two as often as they’ll take it. Gatorade (I would suggest Powerade, but I’m a Florida Gator so… you know) is even better because it replaces the electrolytes lost in your body after a bout of the upset tummy.
Ginger ale, sprite, and flat coke are also suggested to help settle tummies and – while caffeine should probably be avoided – they may help to get the kiddos in a comfortable enough state to eat a little BRAT and drink something.
6. Clear the air
If germs and crazy evil virus bugs are roaming the home, particularly during winter when the windows and doors remain shut, a great way to clear the air is to use an air purifier. Some air purifiers, like the Holmes® Smart Air Purifier, can actually be controlled remotely via your smartphone with the WeMo app. The WeMo app is designed for to give you more “WeMoments” which are, essentially, the feeling of relief and convenience when you can use technology to simplify and improve your quality of life.
So if you are purifying the upstairs or a child’s room then you can turn it on and off without having to go in and disturb a recovering baby. It will also notify you when the air is impure and when the filter needs to be changed. This is a great way to “reset” the home when the air has become filled with whatever is flying around is bringing the sickness.
7. Medicate when necessary
For viruses there is no medicine that will actually speed up the process of recovery. I’ve often lamented on the horrible “it’s viral” phrase and it applies here with a vengeance. However, often with colds and flus you can take some medication that’ll take the edge off of your symptoms. There is no shame in taking some medicine if you really feel you’re unable to function without a little lift.
We love essential oils as well and there are some great oil blends that are antiviral and help to alleviate symptoms such as sore throat, headaches, or upset stomachs.
8. Rest, relax, and release
I know it’s often a funny joke to say that a busy mom should lay down and rest, but unfortunately it’s essential. If you must abandon normal routine and schedules and allow more screen time than normal then do it. If the kids need to lay on the couch under the covers and waste the day away with Disney movies, don’t let yourself feel guilty. Desperate times call for desperate measures.
9. Ask for help
If you are like me (and for your sake I hope you aren’t) then you find it hard to ask for help. If someone offers, sure, but going out of your way to ask is hard. If everyone is down for the count it may be a little easier, but if you have a child or two who are perfectly healthy yet you are really suffering, the best thing you can do is call in reinforcements. Not that you want to infect others, but sometimes it’ll take someone else to help you get numbers 1-8 done in a timely manner.
So if you are reading this because you guys are all hammered from a cold, the flu or a virus (and I feel you) then hopefully you’ll find some tips and inspiration to start making the trek back up to health.
What is your best tip to get over the dreaded scurvy?
Thanks, Holmes Products, for introducing our family to the benefits of air purification. I spent a lot of time on the site reading about the humidifier, heater, and air purifiers, and love that they are all controlled remotely so you can turn them off and on using an app. Here’s to a new year of good health for all!
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