Who absolutely HATES winter? Not just because it can drop to below 0 in no time flat, can crap snow on our heads and make going to get the mail a daunting task, but also because it brings the cold and flu bug! That’s right, fever, chills, hot flashes, headaches…. you basically feel like you’re dying for SEVERAL weeks!!
Unfortunately, my family has fallen victim to this bug but because I prefer natural remedies, I’m going to share with you safe ways to keep these bugs at bay with little to no medicine!:
1) stay hydrated – there’s nothing worse than your body trying to heal itself while dehydrated. Also, dehydration can worsen fever so keep yourself and your loved ones hydrated with things such as cool water, juice (I gave my kiddos juicy juice), sports drinks. Normally I don’t condone sports drinks but usually when you’re sick you don’t eat so the extra calories, carbs, etc will not hurt.
2) Eat fruits and veggies rich in vitamin c – I stocked up with pineapple, watermelon and kiwi and already had oranges. These fruits are not only rich in vitamin c which helps fight colds but they also have a high water content
3) warm baths – my kids love baths and taking a warm bath actually helps the body’s temperature especially when you have a fever. It doesn’t have to be scolding hot but warm enough to sit and be comfy for at least 10-15 minutes at minimum.
4) Sleep – yes, your body heals and repairs during sleep so the more you can sleep the better. Whether cold or flu, your body will heal faster the more sleep you can get
5) no buffets – your body needs to save as much energy as possible in order to fight the cold or flu bug. The heavier you eat, the more energy your body must expend that won’t be used for healing. Remember the saying: “feed a cold, starve a fever”?
6) drink some cider – Apple cider vinegar that is! Not everyone can stomach this and most kids won’t, but you can miss apple cider vinegar, water and honey in a little medicine cup and drink warm for added bug-boosting.
Lastly, don’t stress! Yea, you or the kids may be sick, or even both, but all in all you’ve got some great ways you minimize impact and using these methods I only had to give two of my kids cold medicine once a day (first thing in the morning) and one of my kids I never needed to as just these were enough to keep it at bay and reduce it upon waking up in the morning.
Hope this helps and to anyone experiencing the bug, get well soon!!