With Christmas on the horizon, it’s safe to say winter is here. Little Viking is now at school, so we are preparing ourselves for those winter colds. It’s always so hard as a parent to not worry too much when your little ones are sick.
Leading GP and Olbas expert, Dr Henderson has recently shared with us some fabulous tips to help keep us and our little ones healthy this winter and protect our families from colds and flu.
Dr Henderson’s 10 Top Tips to Fend off Colds & Flu
Eat healthily – A variety of at least five fruit and vegetable portions a day are great for boosting your immune system. A portion of fruit includes one medium-sized whole fruit or three smaller fruits, for example satsumas or dried apricots. Keep bugs at bay by eating plenty of garlic and onion. Known for their antiviral, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties they can help fight infections.
Drink lots of water – Especially if you spend a lot of time in central heated spaces or have a cold or the flu. Not only will it keep your body hydrated, but it will also help to flush out toxins. Always drink at least 1.2 litres of water per day.
Use an over the counter decongestant remedy – Natural formulas such as Olbas for Children, whichoffers a gentle decongestant to relieve congestion in even the smallest noses of the family
Get enough sleep – It’s the body’s natural way of recharging its batteries. So, if you start to feel under the weather, help your body to recover by getting more sleep.
Drink tea – Green tea is one of the richest sources of antioxidants, so it’s great for helping you to beat winter bugs and improving your immune system.
Breathe in steam – Take a warm shower or inhale from a bowl of steamy water as a way of introducing warm, moist air into the nose and lungs to help loosen any mucus. Add a few drops of an inhalant decongestant such as Olbas Oil and breathe in the vapours to relieve blocked noses.
Relax more – When your body is under stress you are more susceptible to the viral infections that cause colds and flu, so keep calm and stay healthy.
Don’t touch your face – The cold virus is often carried on the hands and then enters your body through your eyes, nose or mouth. So, minimise the risk of catching a cold by washing your hands regularly. To get rid of germs, rub your hands together vigorously with lots of soap and warm water for at least 15 seconds.
Get moving – Exercise especially in the fresh air helps increase immune functions. White blood cells that kill and fight bacteria and germs need enough oxygen to work and function properly. Fresh air helps the airways of your lungs to dilate more fully and improves the lungs cleansing action.
Use disposable tissues – Blowing your nose or sneezing into a tissue will help contain the germs. Quickly disposing the tissue then washing your hands reduces the risk of spreading infection.
We think these are all fabulous tips. We have used Olbas For Children since both of the Vikings were little. Developed for children over 3 months it’s a really gentle decongestant. It helps them with their breathing both day and night and stops noses being stuffy. Made from a mixture of pure plant oils, it’s reassuring that Olbas is a natural decongestant. When using it, simply put 4 drops onto a tissue and leave it out of the child’s reach.
So keep warm this winter. Snuggle up and practice some Hygge. With these top tips from Dr Henderson hopefully we can all keep colds at bay this winter and Christmas.
Like all medicine, keep out of the sight and reach of children at all times and always read the label.
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