With Winter comes coughs, colds, runny noses and respiratory problems. Times this by three kids and I can’t say SUMMER fast enough.
Children are up to four times more susceptible than adults to catch a cold this Winter.
Thankfully, this year we’ve had a reasonably good run and I’m the only one that has experienced
a mid life crisis flu like symptoms.
One thing I’ve never been a big fan of are antibiotics. With all due respect to GP’s, it seems to be the “go to” medication that is prescribed when a child presents with a common cold. (I’m speaking from experience).
What many people don’t realise is that if antibiotics are used when they are not actually needed, the body can become resistant to them and wont work when they are actually needed.
I take a more holistic approach to the health and wellness of my family these days as I have lost faith in some mainstream medicine. For example, my 4.5 year old daughter became immune to steroid creams that treated her eczema and I have found that nutrition has played a big part in keeping her symptoms under control.
The day started not so great with my daughter who suffers from motion sickness vomiting all over herself and the car as soon as we parked at the Zoo. Not one to let a bad start to the morning ruin her day, I cleaned her up with wipes and threw on her brother’s dirty jumper that I found in the boot of the car and shuffled us into our 9.30am function.
Whilst the kids did their crafting and had their face painted, a group of bloggers had the pleasure of listening to herbalist and pharmacist, Gerald Quigley, discuss ways to overcome the common cold, chesty cough and bronchial problems.
One thing that really struck a chord with me was when he spoke about antibiotics and how we can become resistant to them. He mentioned that it takes 7 days get over a chesty cough and runny nose through a course of antibiotics and it takes just 7 days for these symptoms to pass without the use of antibiotics.
We were ultimately at the event for the launch of kids Prospan. It was launched last year and has been given rave reviews from parents, praising it’s taste and effectiveness particularly in delivering a good night sleep.
Prospan’s active ingredient (Hedera Helix) has been clinically tested in over 65,000 patients including 52,000 children aged between 0-12 years. The cough syrup is free of sugar, colourings and gluten making it gentle for little stomachs.
I go to several events throughout the year and this one was definitely a highlight for me. It was extremely well organised, not overly formal and we were not only able to take our kids, but we also enjoyed a full day at the zoo afterwards which the kids and I absolutely loved.
Another highlight for me was the meeting the gorgeous Colette aka The HIIT Mum and creator of PT In My Pocket. If you haven’t downloaded her app, do it. It is absolutely my saviour as a busy mum with 3 kids.
If you haven’t stocked up your medicine cupboard with cough syrup yet, get your hands on a bottle of kids Prospan and be ready for when Winter rears it’s ugly head.
Have you and your family avoided coughs and colds yet this year? What do you typically do to overcome Winter nasties in your household?