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What You Need to Know About Colds vs. Flu

It’s kinda crazy to think that we’re in February and we’re all still getting sick with a cold or with the flu. Our little ones seem to get the worst of it. Flu season is no joke and for some reason, I feel like it hit everybody HARD this year. I’m not the person to stand in line at a CVS to get a flu shot every year, (as a matter of fact, I’ve NEVER gotten one because I don’t believe in them. I think it’s a money-making scam). I personally like to take the natural route first instead of going straight to medications. I want to share with you my favorite products that are useful for us and our littles during flu season.

First of all:

1. What is the difference between cold and flu?

Cold and flu symptoms tend to be very similar – a sore throat, coughing, congestion. However, if your child is experiencing extreme fatigue, high fever, chills, and/or moderate to a severe headache, your child is most likely to be suffering from the flu. Always consult your doctor/ pediatrician to find out if your child has the flu.

2. What is a fever?

A fever is actually one of the body’s natural defenses against illness. The rise in body temperature signals the white blood cells to destroy viruses or bacteria that are attacking your child’s immune system.

3. What can I do to make my sick child feel better?

Keeping your child hydrated goes a long way towards easing their misery by thining the nasal secretions that make them feel congested. Using a humidifier also helps them breathe better.

My Current Favorite Products

MediFrida – Extremely useful when giving your child medications.

NoseFrida – I love using this product because I feel like you have more control of aspirating the highest amount of mucus. I’m not a big fan of the bulbs.

Kinsa Smart Ear Thermometer – I feel like this is an awesome thermometer to have because it even has an app that will help you understand better the symptoms that your child is experiencing. It even gives you real-time expert medical guidance. They also have a Sesame Street version of it.

Humidifier – This is awesome! I personally use the Safety First humidifier and it has worked extremely well for us. It’s not too expensive and it serves its purpose. It always helps my kiddos breathe better.

Vicks Baby Rub – Is also helpful to decongest your child. I like to apply it on their chest, back, and bottom of feet. This way, if they sweat during the night, they can still smell the product and decongest their chests.

Sneeve – This product is great for older kids. This will help them sneeze into their arm without spreading the germs.

I’ve also been told to use a few drops of Eucalyptus oil in their bath. Do not apply this oil to the humidifier because it will ruin it. I tried it once and ended up buying a whole new humidifier. #duhme

If your baby is having a high fever, consult with your pediatrician to see if you’re able to give them Children’s Tylenol/ Motrin and the needed dosage for your child’s age and weight.

For Parents

These are my tricks:

Airborne – I love taking these Airborne tablets as instructed because it gives your immune system a boost by providing tons of Vitamin C. I take them before trips or on a daily basis, especially during flu season.

I like to make an immune booster by mixing:

  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 tsp of grated ginger
  • 1 tbls of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 6-8 oz of water

This drink is AWESOME because it burns fat naturally, increases energy level, improves digestion, suppresses appetite, and BOOSTS your immune system. I’ll take it all, please.

Hope this guide helps and that you and your little ones are able to kick the flu’s butt!

Love,

Karina

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