It’s that time of the year when there are lots of colds doing the rounds, and colds with little ones can be very hard going, getting through those long days and nights for us parents, and I thought I would share my tips and tricks with surviving a cold with your little ones.
I decided to take part in the #VicksTricks Challenge. Vicks has been around for years and has always been a family favourite of ours, my mum used Vicks vapour rub when we were children! She used to call it tickle on the tummy as it used to tickle when she put it on.
Vicks asked parents what kinds of things they do for when their children are feeling poorly with a cold. Over half (52%) said rest was the most important thing to help them feel better. 40% of parents rely on some sort of medicine, and 36% believe that TLC is all you need.
I don’t like to use medicine too much where I can help it with my little ones, although I do use children’s paracetamol when they’re really suffering. I also tend to rub a little Vicks VapoRub on their chests to help them breathe more easily if they’re bunged up.
It is also important to make sure they keep up their fluid intake, so keep offering them drinks, as it helps their body to fight the virus.
When my little ones have a cold I usually find, the first day is a duvet day, snuggled on the sofa watching TV or reading a book.
By the second day they usually have a bit more energy and are getting a bit bored of resting. One of my personal favourite things to do with my little one when he has a cold, in those cold winter months, is to have an indoor picnic! He just loves a picnic really cheers him up and I always make sure we have something like strawberries that are full of vitamin c so will help to fight the cold as well.
Vicks first defence is great trick for us adults to help us stop catching a cold. Its a nasal spray that you use at first signs of a cold before the cold gets a hold.
This post is an entry for the #VicksTricks campaign in association with @Vicks and @BritMums. As a ‘thank you’ for taking part I was sent a bedtime story book, some finger puppets to tell our own stories and some Vicks First Defence to try.