The Top 7 Ways to Prevent the Spring Time Cold & Flu from Hitting your Blended Family this Year!!

The Top 7 Ways to Prevent the Spring Time Cold & Flu from Hitting your Blended Family this Year!!

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6 by Ashlee Martin

How I prevent Spring Time cold in flu in my house:

As most of you have probably already noticed Spring is by far my favorite season!! The weather is usually beautiful, the temperature is just right, and it seems like the entire world around me is so much more colorful! I live in Alabama so Spring doesn’t last very long before the HOT summer comes raging in and taking over, but while its here I defiantly try to enjoy it!

The one thing that can put a major halt in the Springtime bliss are the sicknesses it can bring especially for those prone to allergies. Which is my entire family!

My stepson actually gets sick every time the season or weather changes in the least bit, so we had to find ways to prevent the Springtime cold or flu from hitting our blended household as much as we could! Today, I am going to share the Top 7 ways to prevent the Springtime cold or flu from hitting your blended family household!!

The Top 7 Ways to Prevent Spring Time Cold or Flu from Hitting your Blended Household this Year!

    1. Be prepared for changing temperatures and dress for the ACTUAL temperature outside. Meaning for those of you who like me, change the kids “seasonal” clothes out at the end of each passing season to the upcoming seasonal attire, might want to hold onto some of the warmer outfits for a little longer! One day may be really hot and the next its chilly enough for pants and a jacket. Some days make this even more confusing by being cold in the mornings and by the middle of the day you are looking for your shorts and tank tops and by night your back to shivering and wearing pants! This is a major factor for Springtime sicknesses.
    2. Keep germs DOWN by using preventative measures. My oldest daughter has this COVERED! Her book bag is loaded with key chains holding antibacterial soaps! She even asked for some for Christmas!! We also never let our supply of Lysol and Lysol wipes get low! I can prevent all the germs I want around the house, however, school is the problem. Teach your kids good preventative measures such as always washing their hands, using antibacterial soaps, and never eating or drinking someone else’s products!
    3. Stay hydrated. This is not only for Springtime this always. It especially becomes important in the summer, but it’s always important because if you become dehydrated your immune system will be down and cause you to get sick more easily!
    4. Try to keep your house and other items as Dust and Pollen free as possible! Pollen is a HUGE problem for us way in the deep south, we can walk outside and our black truck will have a yellowish tint. Almost all of us are allergic to pollen and it really messes up the sinuses. Taking a water hose or even going to a car wash to your car as often as you can, can help some. 
    5. Make sure you take your daily vitamins. Again, this is not only for Springtime but I make sure my kids have one every single day! My stepson who has a bigger problem with getting sick than my daughters do also take an additional immune support vitamin. I wasn’t sure if that was actually working or not and we took a break from it. Let me tell you THEY DO WORK! He had not been getting sick very often, actually rarely. Once we took a break from the additional vitamins we started noticing he would get a stuffy nose and cough when before he wouldn’t. We re-started those immediately! For most kids, however, a normal multivitamin will do fine. Here are the ones we use and swear by!
    6. Let Some Springtime air in. This is one of the best features about spring, on a sun shining and windy day, open your windows and let the cool breeze run throughout your house! The Spring air will give you a lovely refresher and blow away some of the dust particles and other germs from your household!
    7. Make Healthy Spring-ey Type Foods to Boost the Immune System. Farmers Markets are normally open and selling tons of beautiful and home grew healthy fruits and veggies around this time. It’s normally very easy to find one near you! Try out different more colorful recipes this Spring and have your kids loving healthy foods(that they probably won’t even notice are healthy!)

 

If you unwillingly find that the Springtime cold or flu HAS hit your family, here are some products I would recommend using!

First, this thermometer was a LIFESAVER and total being sick game CHANGER for me!! None of my kids liked the normal thermometer and would either fight me so bad to not have it used or pretend to hold it under their tongue but they were actually only barely sticking it in their mouths. Another problem I had with the normal one, was by the time I gathered three kids in the car and arrived at the doctor I couldn’t remember what their actual last temperature even WAS!!

This HealthSmart Digi Thermometer Forehead & Ear Thermometer has a verbal and digital readout. It fits easily and snug in all three of my kid’s ear, only takes seconds to read, and STORES my memory!! This HealthSmart Thermometer also has the date and time on the screen for exact determination of their last temperatures!! Its awesome, compact, affordable, and the batteries that came with the thermometer have lasted well over a YEAR for me!! If you don’t want the verbal readout all you have to do is a hit an obvious TALK button!

Here is a Quick Video of my Daughter demonstrating how the thermometer works!!

Secondly, I always keep Seasonal Allergy Medicines available along with Tylenol/Motrin for all the kid’s ages! Below are some I recommend and they are excellent prices!

I also like to keep a humidifier available and for those of you (like me) who use essential oils will know I also have my diffuser and oils going as well! Here are some of the humidifiers and additional products I use, along with a less expensive alternative to the essential oils.

P.S. if you want to learn more about essentials oils or sign up click here
I would love to hear what PREVENTATIVE measures your household takes in the SprinGtime! Please feel free to comment below!

 

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