Is there anything worse than watching your little one struggle with a cold or flu?
The stuffy nose, the constant coughing, the watery eyes, the burning fever, the cries of pain that continue throughout the night … it’s enough to make any mum’s heart ache.
We’ve all been there. And we’ve probably all spent hours googling ways to help our kids when a cold or flu strikes them down. But before you reach for the blankets, the humidifier and the eucalyptus oil, find out the facts and myths behind some of the common cold and flu remedies.
Children’s Cold and Flu Myths BUSTED!
Myth 1: Dress your tot warmly to help “sweat out” a cold
Yes, you can sweat it out at the gym after a bad day. But no amount of warm clothing or fuzzy blankets will help your little one sweat out a cold. Many kids love blankets when sick for the comfort level, but adding an extra layer won’t make those germs go away any quicker.
Myth 2: Feed a cold and starve a fever
It’s not uncommon for kids to lose their appetite when under the weather. But this doesn’t mean you should stop offering foods. Keep your little one hydrated with plenty of fluids. If your child is hungry, feed them. Soups, toast and crackers are three good options to try that are easy to digest.
Myth 3: Avoid dairy if you’re sick
You may have heard that dairy makes your phlegm thicker. But this isn’t the case at all! Some kids actually ask for milk, cheese and yoghurt when they are sick as they are soothing to the throat. And little ones will often require extra breast feeds when sick. So don’t limit their dairy intake, even if they are stuffed up. Try a vaporizer to help ease congestion and excess phlegm instead.
Myth 4: Cold temperatures can make you sick
Sorry Grandma, but cold weather does not bring on a cold. Colds and flus come from viruses often in other humans and on surfaces, not in the cold air.
Myth 5: Humidifiers help treat colds
While ‘Cool Mist’ humidifiers are useful for allergies and dry environments, they don’t do anything to help cold and flu symptoms.
Only warm steam helps clear congestion, and only one product does this – a Warm Steam Vaporiser.
Warm steam relaxes the throat muscles, loosens congestion, eases the cough reflex, soothes a sore throat and helps keep your little one sleeping comfortably.
So what’s the difference between a Humidifier, Diffuser and Vaporizer?
All of them release a substance into the air. Diffusers release an essential oil that can make your house smell pretty. Humidifiers release a cool mist that can help relieve allergies.
But only vaporizers release a warm steam, specially designed to help clear congestion and alleviate symptoms associated with colds and flus. Learn more about the differences between the two as we delve deeper into the differences between humidifier vs vaporizer here.
Ease Cold and Flu Symptoms Naturally With Vicks Steam Vaporizer
If you are on the hunt for a vaporizer, then a Vicks Steam Vaporizer is an excellent choice.
A Vicks Steam Vaporizer is:
- Ideal for every member of the household, from your sniffling husband to your itty bitty newborn
- Comes with the trusted Vicks name and a 5-year warranty
- Includes ‘family friendly’ features such as 25% cooler steam and an automatic shut-off
- Can be used with Vicks VapoSteam Inhalant
- Perfect for overnight as it can run for a full 14 hours
- Offers a gentle, non-medicated, all-natural way to relieve cold and flu symptoms
You can pick yours up at Terry White Chemmart, Pharmacy4 Less and other pharmacies.
When your child is sick, it’s often hard to know what to give them and how to make them better. This is another reason we love the Vicks Warm Steam Vaporizer.
No ifs, ands, buts or myths attached.
Watch on below as we share why we turn to a vaporizer every time when sickness hits our house!
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