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Getting sick is not something we can avoid. And as a mom, having sick kids can be very overwhelming, especially when we’re not prepared. Although it’s inevitable, we can at least try to stay healthy and prepare ahead. Now is a great time to take inventory and stock up on necessities. So today I’m sharing a few simple tips to help your family prepare for the cold and flu season.
How To Prepare For The Cold and Flu Season
Educate your family
Educating your family is key to cold and flu prevention. Remind your family that they should wash their hands frequently. For proper hand washing, simply wash with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. Also encourage your family to avoid touching their face when possible. And when they’re not feeling well, tell them to stay home to avoid the spread of germs or getting others sick.
Stock up on essentials
There are a few key items that I like to keep in stock for the cold and flu season. Again, no one wants to think about being sick, but it’s best to be prepared before it actually happens. Some of my must haves include:
- Cool Mist Humidifier
- Facial Tissues (including travel packs)
- Hand Sanitizers
- Disinfecting Wipes
- Bed Mats (to place under the kid’s sheets when they’re sick)
Fill up the pantry
When I’m sick, my appetite decreases greatly. However, I do enjoy having a hot cup of tea or bowl of soup. A delicious hot bowl of chicken soup or hot tea helps me stay warm, soothes my throat and also helps me regain my strength. During the winter months, you’ll find that many of these food items go on sale.
Get a flu shot
As a busy mom, I need convenience and flexibility. So finding a place that doesn’t require an appointment plus offers evening and weekends hours is a must. Currently, there are more than 7,800 CVS pharmacy stores and 900 Minute Clinic locations inside select CVS pharmacy stores that provide flu shots every day which don’t require an appointment. Also, the flu vaccine is available at no cost through most insurance plans and CVS will bill your insurance directly on your behalf.
Check your medicine cabinet
Oh, I’m terrible at this! I often find out that a medicine has expired when I need it most. Please tell me I’m not the only one? Instead of waiting until you or someone in your family needs medicine, stock up before the cold and flu season peaks.
Here’s how you can get your medicine cabinet ready and up-to-date:
- Take everything out and check expiration dates.
- Toss out all expired medicine.
- Take stock of what you have available.
- Make a list of what you need to purchase.
- Shop at CVS and stock up.
This is very important and can help keep your immune system healthy. Make sure you eat a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. Also ensure that you’re getting plenty of rest and sleep. You should also stay physically active and take a daily multivitamin. I also like stocking up on orange and pineapple juice to help increase our Vitamin C intake.
What are some of your cold and flu season must haves? Please feel free to comment and share your tips!