Hands up if you’ve got a cold.
*surveys show of hands*
I suspected as much. It’s that time of the year isn’t it? We’re inside more, the heating is on, we’re all starting to feel a bit tired – it’s only natural. It’s not much fun though.
What’s worse is when your baby or toddler gets a cold. They’re sad, but you can’t really explain it to them, and it can be difficult to know what to do for the best.
Here’s Bee as a baby:
Can you just imagine her with a cold, looking all snotty and upset? It’s not nice is it?
One thing you might like to try is Olbas for Children. Olbas for Children is a gentle yet effective decongestant, especially for children aged from three months to two years. It offers effective day or night relief for little stuffy noses using plant oils to relieve congestion and ease natural breathing. (Always read the label and keep out of sight and reach of children.)
Simply adding four drops of Olbas for Children to a tissue, just out of your baby’s reach, can immediately clear nasal congestion and relieve painful sinuses, which has to be a good thing right?
Quite frankly when mine were little and had colds I’d have tried anything if it meant they stopped crying, although as the number one decongestant oil brand*, Olbas is probably a good place to start.
If you’re looking for some general tips and tricks to help keep colds and flu at bay, leading GP and Olbas expert Dr Henderson has put together some tips:
Eat healthily – A variety of at least five fruit and vegetable portions a day are great for boosting your immune system. A portion of fruit includes one medium-sized whole fruit or three smaller fruits, for example satsumas or dried apricots. Keep bugs at bay by eating plenty of garlic and onion. Known for their antiviral, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties they can help fight infections.
Drink lots of water – especially if you spend a lot of time in central heated spaces or have a cold or the flu. Not only will it keep your body hydrated, but it will also help to flush out toxins. Always drink at least 1.2 litres of water per day
Use an over the counter decongestant remedy – Natural formulas such as Olbas For Children offer a gentle decongestant formulation to relieve congestion in even the smallest noses of the family
Get enough sleep – It’s the body’s natural way of recharging its batteries. So, if you start to feel under the weather, help your body to recover by getting more sleep.
Drink tea – Green tea is one of the richest sources of antioxidants, so it’s great for helping you to beat winter bugs and improving your immune system.
Breathe in steam – Take a warm shower or inhale from a bowl of steamy water as a way of introducing warm, moist air into the nose and lungs to help loosen any mucus. Add a few drops of an inhalant decongestant such as Olbas Oil and breathe in the vapours to relieve blocked noses.
Relax more – When your body is under stress you are more susceptible to the viral infections that cause colds and flu, so keep calm and stay healthy.
Don’t touch your face – The cold virus is often carried on the hands and then enters your body through your eyes, nose or mouth. So, minimise the risk of catching a cold by washing your hands regularly. To get rid of germs, rub your hands together vigorously with lots of soap and warm water for at least 15 seconds.
Get moving – Exercise especially in the fresh air helps increase immune functions. White blood cells that kill and fight bacteria and germs need enough oxygen to work and function properly. Fresh air helps the airways of your lungs to dilate more fully and improves the lungs cleansing action.
Use disposable tissues – Blowing your nose or sneezing into a tissue will help contain the germs. Quickly disposing the tissue then washing your hands reduces the risk of spreading infection.
Find out more about how the Olbas range can help your family fend off cold and flu symptoms here and pin this image for the next time you get a cold.
*Olbas, UK’s no. 1 decongestant oil brand IRI HBA/ OTC; 8 October 17. (IRI, a retail and FMCG market intelligence company www.iriworldwide.com