5 Ways To Avoid Getting Sick This Winter

When the winter season rolls around, you are much more likely to catch a cold or flu. You are inside more and surrounded by a lot of people. Being sick does not just make you feel lousy; it’s also inconvenient. Having to take off a couple of days of work due to illness just makes you fall behind. That is why you have to do everything you can to avoid getting sick this winter.

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If you have to be around someone who is sick,
remember to wash your hands a lot.

Here are five ways to avoid getting sick in the winter.

Wash Your Hands Often

One of the best ways to avoid getting sick is to wash your hands often. Make sure to wash your hands after you use the bathroom and before you eat something. Wash your hands with antibacterial soap and lukewarm water for at least 20 seconds. If you make a habit of washing your hands often, you are much less likely to catch the cold or flu.

Get a Flu Shot

It is a smart idea to get a flu shot every year. Getting this vaccine is especially important if you are pregnant, over the age of 65 or have a chronic health condition. The flu shot doesn’t cost much money and only takes a few seconds.

Don’t Cough Or Sneeze Into Your Hands

If you are like a lot of people, you probably cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. Unfortunately, doing this will only put the germs on your hands, making you more vulnerable to catching the cold or flu. Instead, sneeze or cough into your arm. If you sneeze into your arm, you will not spread the germs to other people.

Start Exercising

One of the easiest ways to avoid sickness is to exercise regularly. Exercising doesn’t just speed up your metabolism and boost your mood; it also improves your immune system. Don’t be afraid to walk or jog outside when it is cold. If you wear the appropriate clothes, the cold will not bother you while you are working out. There are also plenty of exercises you can do in your living room including lunges, squats, crunches and pushups.

Get Plenty of Rest

If you want to avoid getting sick, you have to get enough rest. When you don’t get the amount of sleep you need, your body doesn’t have a chance to recuperate, which will make your immune system weaker. Try to get at least eight hours of sleep each night.

If you follow these helpful tips, you are much less likely to get sick this winter and you might be able to avoid taking strong cough syrup. Try to stay away from friends and family members who are sick. If you have to be around someone who is sick, remember to wash your hands a lot.

Mandy is a stay-at-home mum with 2 children in primary school, in her past time she loves to garden, travel, cook and write blogs for other stay at home mums and anyone with similar interests.

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Soothe Your Child’s Cough Away

Because it’s raining almost everyday, cough and colds are upon us. Unfortunately, there is no cure for common colds, but the good thing is it can be managed at home and will just go away naturally after 3-7 days (although some lasts longer). As for the cough, it usually lasts for 10 days and sometimes needs the help of antibiotic to rid the lungs of unwanted phlegm. A child’s persistent coughing triggers his gag reflex causing him to vomit. It also keeps the child or even the entire family up all night. Below are facts about cough and cough medicines that will help soothe your child’s cough away.

What are the different kinds of coughs and their treatment?

  • Cough with runny nose – caused by mucus running down the back of the throat. It can be treated with  a decongestant (available as over-the-counter medications).
  • Coughs related to allergy – caused by allergens. Antihistamine can be taken to avoid further allergic reactions.
  • Dry cough – tickling cough caused by throat irritation. It can be remedied with lozenges or hard menthol candies.

What are the signs of something worse?

  • Coughing up blood.
  • Coughing with chest pain.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Losing weight without trying.
  • High-pitched sound when inhaling.

How to help your child?

Humidity sometimes helps ease coughing. Put a vaporizer near your child’s bed or steam up the bathroom. Fluids can also thin out the phlegm in your child’s throat and make it easier to cough.

Because cough is caused by virus which is air-borne, coughing spreads infections from person to person. Teach your child to cover his mouth and nose when he coughs. Teach him not to spit anywhere and cover his mouth and nose when he sneeze. Have him wash his hands after he coughs or sneezes into them. Also, keep your child from smoke and secondhand smoke.

What are the types of cough medicines?

The types of cough medicines are suppressants and expectorants. Obviously suppressants suppress coughing by blocking the cough reflex so this should not be given to your child if he has productive  mucus that needs to be coughed out. But if your child has dry hacking cough that prevents him from sleeping, then suppressant may give him relief. Expectorants, on the other hand, thins mucus that makes it cough up easily.

Most doctors believe though that cough from colds should not be treated unless it interferes with your child’s activities. All though most cough medicines can be bought over-the-counter, still, self-medication is not recommended. It is best to have your child checked before giving him any medicine.

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Home Remedies for Cough and Colds

I had fever the other day due to cough and cold. RJ caught the virus and woke up yesterday with cough and colds. I guess the climate has to do with it.

I searched the net for home remedies for cough and colds and found these:

Ginger is an excellent remedy for colds and coughs. About ten grams of ginger should be cut into small pieces and boiled in a cup of water. It should then be strained and half a teaspoon of sugar added to it. This decoction should be drunk when hot. Ginger tea, prepared by adding a few pieces of ginger into boiled water before adding the tea leaves, is also an effective remedy for colds and for fevers resulting from cold. It may be taken twice daily.(source)

Garlic soup is an old remedy to reduce the severity of a cold, and should be taken once daily. The soup can be prepared by boiling three or four cloves of chopped garlic in a cup of water. Garlic contains antiseptic and antispasmodic properties, besides several other medicinal virtues. The oil contained in this vegetable helps to open up the respiratory passages. In soup form, it flushes out all toxins from the system and thus helps bring down fever. Five drops of garlic oil combined with a teaspoon of onion juice, and diluted in a cup of water, should be drunk two to three times a day. This has also been found to be very effective in the treatment of common cold.(source)

Red chili peppers may be good for a stuffy nose. As it turns out, capsaicin (the stuff in red chile peppers) is indeed good for opening up the sniffer and clearing out the gunk.(source)

Aloe and Honey. Aloe is bitter but the honey makes this quite palatable, making it easier to take your medicine. Particularly good for a dry cough. Aloe soothes and coats sore and irritated tissues. Honey does the same and gives you some energy to keep fighting.(source)

Chocolate can feel good on a sore throat, if you let it melt. But all of that sugar? Enough people have found chocolate helpful, however, to inspire some limited medical research. Theobromine, a component of chocolate, has been demonstrated to relieve coughing.(source)

Inhale steam to ease your congestion and drippy nose. Hold your head over a pot of boiling water and breathe through your nose. Be careful. If the steam burns your nose, breathe in more slowly. You can buy a humidifier, but the steam will be the same as the water on the stove. Moisture from a hot shower with the door closed, saline nasal spray, or a room humidifier is just as helpful to ease congestion.(source)

Use saline nasal sprays or make your own salt water rinse to irrigate your nose. Salt-water rinsing helps break nasal congestion while also removing virus particles and bacteria from your nose.(source)

Many viruses cause cough and colds. There’s no vaccine that can protect us against catching cough and colds. Virus particles can travel up to 12 feet (3.7 meters) through the air when someone with a cold coughs or sneezes. Wash your hands as often as you can and wear mask when going out.