This post has been sponsored by Zoono USA. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
The temperature is still reading high 70s here in New England, but my family has already had their first round of colds and missed some school.
All it takes is one of the kids to have the sniffles, and then we all get it. I know the pattern well and I’m always the last one to get to the illness.
I’m not a doctor, but I do know my needs during cold and flu season.
Seems like a no-brainer. But, during cold and flu season I am sure to keep a box in each bedroom, bathroom and in our family and living room. It may seem excessive, but with six of us potentially sneezing all over the place, I need tissues at the ready. A good time to stock up is when the store has a sale like 10/$10 or something similar.
Cool Mist Humidifier
Cool mist humidifiers are a staple in our home during the winter. I actually like to use mine even when I’m not sick. During colder months, indoor air is drier due to having the heat on. The cool mist humidifier keeps the air moist and allows for better breathing. It also does a nice job of breaking up a stuffy nose, and helping itchy skin or dry lips due to low humidity.
We have a few thermometers in the house. We have an oral digital thermometer, an ear thermometer and a temporal artery thermometer. I like the latter the most because it’s completely non-invasive. If my kids are sleeping, I can find out their temp without disturbing them and determine whether they may need medicine.
When kids aren’t feeling well, it’s important to stay hydrated. Especially if someone is losing fluids through vomiting or diarrhea. (I know it’s unpleasant, but we’ve all been there! 🙈) We don’t typically have these drinks in the house, but during the colder months, I’ll keep a few in my pantry along with some Pedialyte. Both are staples for electrolyte replacement.
Throughout the day, we may touch hundreds of surfaces, each covered with tens of thousands of microbes, half of which will stick to your hands. Here’s the lowdown on some of the germs you may encounter:
- Doorknob: 8,643 bacteria
- Computer mouse: 79,000 bacteria
- Remote control: 17,000 bacteria
Almost seems unbelievable, right? That’s why it’s so important to wash your hands regularly.
As a mom, I know we are not always near the sink. Especially, when we are at the zoo, playground, car or a restaurant. It’s not always easy for me to leave a restaurant table with four kids to head to the bathroom!
Because of situations like those, we keep hand sanitizer in the house, my diaper bag and in the car. Because kids touch everything and then they touch us! 😱
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What are some of your cold weather season must haves?