In case you’ve wondered where I’ve been lately, I’ve been fighting an uphill battle against a nasty case of the sniffles. My wife and little girl are out of town, so I hope at least to spare them, but that does leave me alone to care for myself.
While there may still be no cure for the not-so-common-cold, what are the things you do to help those you love and yourself feel better? Here are a few things that have helped me through the past couple of days. What would you add?
7 Tips if you catch a cold:
- Drink lots of fluids. Water, juice, clear broth or warm lemon water are all good choices. They help replace fluids lost during mucus production or fever. Avoid alcohol and caffeine, which can cause dehydration.
- Grandma was right. Generations of parents have ladled chicken soup into their sick children’s mouths. Now scientists have put chicken soup to the test, discovering that it does seem to help relieve cold and flu.
- Go to your room! If possible, stay home from work (I did) if you have a fever or a bad cough, or are drowsy after the medications. This will give you a chance to rest as well as reduce the chances that you’ll infect others.
- Adjust temperature & humidity. Keep your room warmer, but not overheated. If the air is dry, a cool-mist humidifier or vaporizer can moisten the air and help ease congestion and coughing.
- Try a neti pot. To help relieve nasal congestion, rinse your nose (I know this sounds weird, but it really helps) with warm saline solution, meaning salt water. Be sure to use distilled or filtered water, not tap.
- Vitamin C & Echinacea. The jury is still out, but it appears taking vitamin C & Echinacea at the onset of a cold may shorten the duration of symptoms. As with all of these tips, check with your doctor.
- Apply some VapoRub. This is my secret go-to treatment when all else fails. Did your mom use it on you, too? It brings back memories of her TLC… and really helps improve my breathing and reduce my coughs.
When I woke up the other morning coughing, sniffling and generally moaning like a big baby, my first thought was “Where’s the VapoRub?!” After a mini panic I remembered I’d left it in the bathroom by my daughter’s nursery when she was sick.
Enough about me. How about you? What are your go-to treatments for your family and yourself when ill? This post was sponsored by VapoRub, btw, but the opinions as always are entirely my own. I wish you and yours a very safe, healthy and Merry Christmas.
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[warning]p.p.s. A comment would really cheer me up. Yep, I’m going to play this sick card as long as I can get away with it. Thanks for dropping by. It’s no fun being sick alone. No pressure. No guilt. ;)[/warning]