It’s hard to believe, but the Nichols household has already been felled by a cold even before the official first day of fall – and I blame my husband, Paul, for it. As usual, he brought something home from work. Paul gets a doozy of a cold once a year. It goes from “just” a head cold with a stuffed up nose to a chest cold complete with a horrendous cough.
From there, Lucie got a cough and temperature and missed two days of school. I got a massive weeklong headache (along with my usual post-brain surgery headache) because I took all sorts of cold preventive homeopathic remedies. Nathan was either too busy or too lazy to get his dad’s cold. For a kid who was born seven weeks premature weighing under four pounds at birth, he never gets sick. I think he finds being ill way too boring and would rather be at school where all the action is.
It’s inevitable that someone at your house will bring home a cold and share it with the rest your family, which is why you need to be prepared this cold season – and ARM & HAMMER™ can help with Simply Saline™!
ARM & HAMMER Simply Saline
When you have a cold (or if you suffer from allergies) Simply Saline Nasal Relief is a comforting mist that helps relieve symptoms of dry irritated nose as its gentle misting flushes congestion, dust and irritants from nasal and sinus passages. It’s drug-free and is made from two natural ingredients: water and salt. It’s also non-addictive, and can be used as often as needed. In addition, its contents remain sterile throughout use and can be used alone or with your cold or allergy medicine. It’s also available in three convenient sizes. (Click here to sign up for a money saving coupon.)
Create a cold first aid kit for your family
When Paul and I got sick, we had to haul our miserable selves to the store because I had nothing in the house but Simply Saline and tissues – no cough drops, no chicken soup, nothing! Here are some of our favorite things that we like to have on hand when we’re sick:
- healthy juices
- wellness tea, honey and lemon juice (with a shot of bourbon at night!)
- cough drops and throat lozenges
- tissues – at least one box per family member
- night time cough and cold remedy (plus a children’s version)
- day time cough and cold remedy (which Paul takes at work)
- ibuprofen (plus a children’s version)
- vapor rub
- a humidifier
- a special comfy blanket or shawl, fuzzy socks and slippers
- a thermometer
- preventative homeopathic remedies and supplements like vitamin C and zinc
- lip balm
- petroleum jelly for cracked nostrils
- cans and boxes of soup – chicken and butternut squash are family favorites
You can create a cold first aid kit of your own by stocking up on items like lip balm, fuzzy socks, and vapor rub at the dollar store. Be on the lookout for coupons for your favorite cold remedies and stock up on juice, soup and tissues during your next shopping trip at Costco or Sam’s Club. Luckily my grocery store had some of my favorite homeopathic cold preventative remedies, but you may want to buy some the next time you go to the health food store if that’s your thing, too.
What do you do when your family comes down with a cold?