There Are Home Remedies For The Flu
Winter has come and we all know what this means – a lot of festivities, hugs, kisses and handshakes. While all this is very nice and swell, winter also signifies the booming of the flu and cold season. Hence, one must do everything in their power to prevent the two from striking them and their beloved family members. Kids are most prone to catching the flu, dads (we know what men are like when fighting the flu) will tell you they’re dying, and moms, as the superheroes they are, will still stay strong and make sure everyone weathers the storm.
Now, we have prepared a list of effective preventative measures, as well as things to do if the flu hits your home, so read on and be prepared.
Best course of defense
Everyone older than six months is eligible for the seasonal flu shot, at least according to the American Academy of Family Physicians. It is recommended to many groups, especially children age two or younger, people with general proneness to catching it – poor immune system, as well as people who work alongside a large number of people. You never know who in your office might be sick, and you most definitely don’t want their flu coming to you.
A little goes a long way
Make sure your kids and you and your spouse eat plenty of good home-cooked meals that are full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants as well as Omega-3 fatty acids. Health goes in through the mouth, and the more quality home-cooked meals you have, the stronger your immune system will be. Aside from that, take plenty of vitamin and mineral supplements, and find the best ones that are suitable for kids and grownups respectively.
Bring it everywhere
This is a season during which you should avoid shaking hands as much as possible. Also, if your kids go to kindergarten, make sure their teachers get them to wash their hands more frequently and encourage them to avoid physical contact with other kids. Carrying an antibacterial gel with you wherever you go is also one of the smartest things you can do.
If it happens
Sometimes, we can take all the precautions and still catch a cold, at the least. This is a time when you can’t just shake it off. Plenty of sleep is necessary, as the body tends to repair itself most effectively during sleep. If you have trouble sleeping due to a stuffed nose, or closed throat, try some of the advice given by our trusty WebMD, that will ensure you get your much-needed quality snooze time.
When things get serious
If eating good soup, taking plenty of flu or cold medicine, lying down and rest don’t help, and you feel like your or your kids’ symptoms are getting worse, it’s time to book an appointment and see a doctor. In case of a fever or high temperature that just won’t drop, chest pain, respiratory issues, confusion, disorientation or prolonged diarrhea or vomiting (especially in case your children have the last two for longer than two days), it’s time to pay a visit to a doctor.
As there is nothing worse than sitting in a waiting room full of sick people, checking when it’s your turn, use the perks of the digital age and book an appointment online. In Australia, for instance, you can book an online appointment at MyHealth1st and for Nevada, you have such options as Doctor On Demand. You book it from the comfort of your own home, and you’re admitted for a checkup as soon as you arrive – no hassle of waiting.
Ride it out
Depending on whether it’s a cold or the flu, your doctor will prescribe the appropriate medication – probiotics, antibiotics, cough syrups – the works. They will probably tell you to keep doing the things you’ve been doing so far – eating healthy, resting, getting some good sleep and drinking plenty and we mean plenty of fluids. Your best bet is to try to not catch anything, but if you do, and home remedies don’t work, always listen to your doctor and follow their instructions to the letter. That is the only way to get better in the shortest amount of time possible. Keep safe, and good luck.
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