Disclosure: Please note that I am not a medically trained professional. I have provided an overview of what has worked for my family but please consult with a professional for any health-related questions.
She was born in July, which gave us a little buffer before the fall/winter cold could enter our household, but I was in no way prepared for how it went down. We had no idea kids were so affected by the changing seasons.
My sisters both have one-year-olds right now, and are pregnant with their second babies. One sister puts her baby in daycare and one doesn’t. Still, they were both worried about the winter season. That’s why I was so happy to be able to give them tips, and show them what works with OUR kids. Scarlet is a bit older, but Des still needs a lot of help when it comes to the winter season. That gives us a good idea of how to prepare for each coming fall/winter season before it happens.
So whether you’re expecting a baby, you have a baby, you have a young child, or young children, or you care for any of the above, here are five ways to prepare for the winter season. I’m not sure what we would have done without these great tips!
1 – Explore the hydraSense® daily nasal care line! It consists of hydraSense® Ultra-Gentle Nasal Mist, hydraSense® Nasal Care Single-Use Vials, and hydraSenseTM Soft Comfort Tip Nasal Aspirator, and we find it in the Children’s Medicine Aisle only at Walgreens or on walgreens.com. Why do I love these so? As I explained, Des needs a lot of help when he has dry nasal passages. hydraSense® is soothing, drug-free, and ready-to-use for his nasal care needs. The best news is that you can visit the hydraSense® website to determine the products that are right for your children, or for your child.
Their little noses require a certain level of hydration to stay healthy, and dry and uncomfortable nasal passages are so tough for Des. That’s why we love that the purified seawater solution is made with mineral-rich, 100% naturally sourced seawater from the Bay of Saint-Malo, France – where powerful tides constantly renew the seawater’s composition. Des used to cry when we tried to soothe his nasal passages, and now he’s much happier. And then he feels so much better after. Sea. The. Difference. HERE.
2 – Understand the differences between dry and uncomfortable nasal passages, a cold and a flu, and know when to call a pediatrician. If your child has difficulty breathing or can’t catch their breath, or has a high fever, call the doctor. Trust your instincts! For children under 6 months of age, consult with a pediatrician before use of hydraSense® products.
3 – Talk to your pediatrician about your children‘s vaccinations, to ensure everything is up to date. This protects your children, as well as adults they come in contact with – including you, elderly people, and people with weakened immune systems as well.
4 – Have a backup childcare plan. ‘Tis the season but with two parents working full time in my house, we need to be covered.
5 – Practice good habits with your children. This, of course, includes basic hygiene practices which help keep everyone healthy during the winter season. Definitely wash your hands and your child’s hands after nose blowing, sneezing, and coughing. Limit whom your child is around and also limit sharing of cups and snacks. Stock up on all the basics, like fluids, healthy foods, medications, and hydraSense®’s daily nasal care line. Lastly, head outside! Getting exercise, vitamin D, and fresh air will do wonders to prepare your entire family for cold and flu season. It comes fast!