Winter is finally upon us, which means cough, cold and flu season is in full force. Children are often the most vulnerable to catching winter bugs, mainly from the daily interaction with other children in the playground and after school and weekend sports.
Don’t get me wrong – bugs are good for growing bodies. Catching a cold is an indication of an immune system that is growing stronger. But we all know how heartbreaking it is to see our little people coughing uncontrollably, looking miserable and being unable to sleep.
Dry coughs come from an irritation or inflammation in the pharynx (throat) and can be triggered by a viral infection from the cold or flu or an allergy such as hay fever. Continuous coughing can be very irritating and painful. It could even aggravate the cough further and the constant pressure on the throat could cause vomiting.
The first step is to observe your child’s breathing. In our ideal state, we should all be breathing through our noses (nasal breathing). If your child is breathing through their mouth (oral breathing), it means the nasal channels are blocked.
Nasal block removers such as FESS Little Noses Nasal Drops, and Otrivin Junior Nasal Drops clear this passage and give instant relief. Warm water also aids in the recovery process. It is worth making sure that their bed spreads are clean to avoid the spreading of bugs.
Once the coughing has stopped, Thompson’s Junior Immunofort is a good supplement to prevent it from coming back.
It is very important to remember the golden rule – prevention is better than cure. Antioxidants such as Echinacea and Vitamin C build resistance against bugs and strengthen the immune system. To build the body’s resistance as much as possible by the time flu season arrives, it is ideal to start taking these supplements in the autumn months