As much as it’s awesome to know about herbs, essential oils, and homeopathics to treat illness and injury, it’s even better to just use food and manual means to get better when you’re down.
Rest, fluids, chicken broth, garlic, avoiding sugar, blowing your nose a lot, productive coughing – all these things are probably your best line of defense once a cold gets a foothold in your system.
Give your body the tools to fight the germs on its own and then help to get them OUT, and you shouldn’t be sick for very long.
What About Babies?
Babies and toddlers under age three can’t really figure out how to blow their noses – although it’s awfully cute when John, 18 months, tries to mimic a nose blow. It’s a lot of sound and not much productivity.
Mighty Nest, a longtime KS sponsor, is offering a chance for a reader to try out the nosefrida, a big improvement in the snot category for a few reasons over the bulb aspirators:
- It doesn’t go inside the nose
- It’s easy to clean
- The suction is caused by a parent sucking on a straw, not the unfamiliar squeeze-and-release motion of an aspirator
- Don’t worry – there’s no way the boogies get all the way to your mouth…
- It seems less scary and more appropriate for big kids.
- Developed by ear, nose and throat specialists, which I really appreciate
I don’t have my own review, because when Mighty Nest offered, I replied with, "Well, I hope we don’t have any need for it before March, so I might not be a good tester…"
Murphy’s Law, of course, said that we would have had at least one chance!
Read tips for easing colds in young ones, including using the nose frida, at Mighty Nest’s natural cold remedies post.
And from a regular mom:
"Who knew snot could be so exciting? Wait, let me re-phrase that – what non-male over the age of say, 15, finds snot so exciting? Well as it turns out, my whole family does.
Let me explain. My 5-month old recently came down with a cold. I ran down the checklist of things to do – Steam, check. Hydration, check. Sleep, check (for baby but not mom). Snot removal…uh-oh.
Read the rest at Snot Sucker: A New Form of Entertainment…
Here’s the Nosefrida at Mighty Nest, and here’s the giveaway!
ENTER HERE – GIVEAWAY: Nosefrida
One reader can win a nosefrida from Mighty Nest, so you’re prepared for all those baby congested nights!
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Disclosure: Giveaways are paid advertising and a great thing for my readers, so I’m happy to include it separately from the review. See my full advertising disclosure here.
Official rules and small print stuff: 1) No purchase necessary to win 2) must be 13 or older to enter and have a mailing address within the sponsor’s boundaries (see above) 3) only one survey entry per person 4) odds of winning depend on number of entries 5) employees of Kitchen Stewardship, LLC or sponsoring company not eligible for participation 6) contest sponsored by Mighty Nest in CA 7) prizes must be accepted as is and are not redeemable for cash 8 ) Kitchen Stewardship, LLC and sponsoring company are not liable for any injury or damage to persons and/or things as a result of the acceptance of the prize offered. 9) This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.