How parents can prepare for sniffles and restless nights

(NC) Fall is here and with the chilly weather comes the dreaded cold and flu season which can last many months. For parents this can mean sleepless nights, unhappy children and stress from not knowing what to do. Here are some tips to help you prepare for the sniffles and restless nights:

– Ensure you and your family are washing your hands regularly. Teach your children the importance of washing their hands, especially after sneezing and coughing, to help stop the spread of germs.

– Being sick as a child is not fun. To help ease their pain, look into products that will reduce their discomfort. The Braun No touch + forehead thermometer can take your child’s temperature without even touching him or her, allowing the child to sleep through the whole process. Ask for this thermometer at your favourite mass retailer or pharmacy.

– Keep surfaces clean. Use disinfectant to clean commonly touched surfaces in the kitchen and bathroom to keep them free of germs.

Stock up on supplies. Make sure you have plenty of facial tissues, fluids, vitamin C and cold/flu medication to help you and your children through the illness.

– Invest in a humidifier. Research has shown that maintaining indoor humidity levels between 40-60 per cent reduces the survival of flu viruses in the air. For example, the Vicks Starry Night Humidifier – available at Toys R Us, Walmart, Target, and Loblaws, Jean Coutu, Rexall and London Drugs not only helps release essential moisture into the room, but also helps comfort the child. It has a projector that projects stars around your child’s room, creating a calm nighttime surrounding that makes it easier to relax and rest

Being prepared for the upcoming cold and flu season will help you and your family to stay healthy and happy. More information available at or