Guest Blogger, Kara Masterson
It’s that time of year again. Beautiful fall foliage covers the landscape. The crisp fall air begins to develop that deep winter bite. Excitement that surrounds the holidays begins to emerge. With all of the changes of seasons also emerges the dreaded head cold, flu, allergies, and congestion. With proper planning, prevention, and treatment options, you don’t have to let the winter blues take over your holidays.
The Common Head Cold
If your children are school-aged, you can expect them to come down with a head cold at least once this winter. Proliferated by a virus that involves an infection of the nose and throat, the common cold can last anywhere from a week to ten days. Children under the age of six are at the greatest risk of developing a cold, but adults usually suffer through two to three a year, as well. Since the common cold is caused by a virus, there is not common cure. However, pain relievers (Tylenol), nasal sprays (Dymista), and cough syrups can help alleviate symptoms.
Influenze A.K.A. “The Flu”
The flu is a respiratory illness that is contagious and can cause mild to severe illness. The influenza virus affects the throat, nose and lungs. Contrary to popular belief, the influenza virus does not generally cause stomach upset or vomiting. Individuals who contract influenza often experience high fevers, chills, body aches, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headache, and fatigue. However, your children may be spared from this illness by receiving an annual flu immunization. Staying away from individuals who have the flu and frequent hand washing can also help combat this illness, which frequently affects young children and older individuals.
Allergies and Congestion
The changing of seasons also brings about changes in our nasal passages. Excessive mucus is produced resulting in a runny nose while congestion creates a “stuffed up” feeling simultaneously. Utilizing a humidifier, nasal sprays and OTC allergy medications can provide relief. Be sure to stock up on these remedies prior to cold season to help your family prepare for seasonal allergies.
Keeping your kids healthy and strong is always a priority. However, keeping your kids from getting sick in the winter can be really hard. Luckily, there are tons of things you can do to help prevent the sniffles. Just be sure to follow these few steps to ensure your kids health.