This last December, my family and I were hit with what seemed like five colds in a row. That or it was a cold that got recycled between us repeatedly – and given how fast cold viruses can mutate, either one is possible! So my kids got a real, first-hand look at how to manage a cold as we all helped each other recover.
So, hereâ€™s some great health tips from them (and me) to all yâ€™all.
How to Manage a Cold – By Knowing What it Is
My first piece of advice for dealing with a cold is this: donâ€™t catch it! My kids agree – theyâ€™ve decided sneezes, coughing, and boogers arenâ€™t as cool as they once thought. And theyâ€™ve learned that coughing into an elbow, using tissues, and washing hands are a lot more important than theyâ€™d once thought.
And, theyâ€™re right on every count, so yay! So Iâ€™ll just reiterate it in its most simple format: stay away from sick people – so you donâ€™t get sick.
Next, itâ€™s important to know what the common cold is. Itâ€™s an upper respiratory disease caused by more than 200 different viruses. In other words, antibiotics wonâ€™t work. And
Next, letâ€™s look at what the common symptoms are. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the most-common cold symptoms include:
- Sore throat
- Stuffed or runny nose
- Mild body aches
- A mild headache
- Watery eyes
- Post-nasal drip
In other words, itâ€™s not a fun bug to catch. But it is manageable – so letâ€™s talk about that next.
My Best Cold-Busting Tips
Now that we know what colds are, letâ€™s get rid of it ASAP!!
Oh, right. Itâ€™s time for the obligatory disclaimer – then weâ€™ll dive into it.
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When it comes to a cold, the best cold-busting tip comes from Daniel Tiger. â€śWhen youâ€™re sick, rest is best – rest is best!â€ť Rest is important to healing – it gives your body the energy it needs to defeat those nasty virus germs. Especially since antibiotics wonâ€™t help!
Daniel Tiger is amazing, yâ€™all. Heâ€™s got a song (and an answer) for almost everything.
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If you havenâ€™t seen that episode (which you can watch right here via Amazon Prime Video), itâ€™s free to watch with an Amazon Prime subscription.
So, make sure you rest. And while we rest, we usually watch some fun shows – it helps make time fly. So rest – and drink lots of fluids, and rest some more.
Then, because Iâ€™m a mom and donâ€™t get sick days, I also like to use these medicines and products to help me get better faster.
Stuff in my Cold-Busting Basket
Antipyretics (fever-fighting medicines) like Tylenol and Ibuprofen help me manage any fever and deal with the body aches that come with a cold. That way, I can keep being mom without feeling like I need to complain every 36 seconds. Although, when sick I reserve the right to do so anyway.
Decongestants and expectorant medicines like guaifenisen and sudafed are great for helping you get those nasty boogers out of your nose – Iâ€™m prone to developing sinus infections (at least, I am this year!) so these medicines have been a lifesaver. Just make sure youâ€™re taking them as directed by a doctor – or ask a pharmacist if theyâ€™re over the counter.
This Vicks Humidifier was a lifesaver for me this year! It was a dual humidifier and diffuser – something about the smell of Vicks helps me breathe better when sick!
Essential oils work miracles for many people when sick. However, with my asthma, I have to be extra careful with which I use – and how I use them. So when Iâ€™m already sick with the flu, these are the ones I tend to stick with.
These products make a great Cold-busting gift basket for friends and family, too.