My essentials for combating flu season

Flu season is coming. While we all hate to see our children sick and miserable there are products that help ease some of their suffering.

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Nose Frida is a must have for us. Nose Frida is a snot sucker. It’s not a glamorous task. There’s a tube that you place against your child’s nostril. It creates and seal and then you place the red part in your mouth to suck all the boogies out. There is a blue filter that stops anything from going into your mouth, so no worries. I’m not going to lie it is gross but you are helping your baby breathe.

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You have to replace the filter and then be sure to clean the large tube with soap and warm water and some drops of rubbing alcohol. After it’s dry place a new filter and put the parts back together. I would never go back to the syringe nasal aspirator with the bulb at the end. The nose frida is by far easier and more effective.



Boogie wipes save you from raw and irritated skin. If your child sneezes and there’s boogers everywhere every time you go to wipe they scream and want you to run away. You know how it is when you blow your nose a lot and it gets all red. Well boogie wipes saves you from all that pain.

It has saline on them, a moisturizing aloe, chamomile and vitamin E. It prevents dry and irritated skin, which I love. The wipes don’t dry out. The packaging is really good. We have the grape scent wipes.

These are one of those items that you just have to try. You won’t believe it until you try it yourself. Why add another step of putting lotion or cream after wiping their nose to prevent irritation when the wipe can do all that for you. Don’t be the boogie monster to your child.

At night we use the Vicks Warm Steam Vaporizer. You put water, Vicks solution and salt into the container. I use this even when I’m sick. It opens the nasal passage. It helps to relieve cough and congestion. It also eliminates the dryness in the room. I went through another humidifier but I like the Vicks Vaporizer more. It has a nightlight which is great for having in your child’s room. It automatically shuts off when the reservoir is low. Mine alway shuts off before the morning. If you put too much water it will squirt out. There’s a mark to tell you how much water you should put in.

One time my son got a cold. I had run out of Vicks solution for the Vaporizer. I remembered that I was given this baby chest rub in a gift bag. I decided to give it a try since my son was so congested. He just couldn’t get comfortable.

I applied it to his chest and back. I only needed a dime sized amount. A little bit really did go a long way. As I was rubbing his chest he just looked at me in a calm relaxing state. It was like he was thanking me with his eyes.

Maty’s chest rub is petroleum and menthol free. It’s 100% all natural. It has sunflower oil, castor oil, coconut oil, sunflower wax, vitamin E, essential oils of chamomile, lavender, dill weed, patchouli, Eucalyptus Radiata and coriander. I like that you don’t need to be a chemist to read the ingredients and that it’s safe on babies. I can’t put Vicks on my son but I know that I can use this. I applied a small amount first just to make sure my son didn’t have any reactions to it but he was good. It can run you about $6. I don’t know why I didn’t try this sooner.



So those pesky germs are everywhere and you don’t want to spread them. We use Babyganics alcohol free foaming hand sanitizer. Babyganics is one of my favorite companies.I keep the big bottle in my diaper bag. It has a moisturizing formula, it’s non-allergenic and kills 99.9% of germs. It doesn’t have triclosan, parabens, sulfates, phthalates, artificial fragrances or dyes. I love that it’s gentle on the skin but strong enough to kill all those nasty germs.

It’s not fun getting sick but these are a few items that work for our family. If you have products that you use in your household please leave a comment. I would love to know what else works out there and try it as well. Sharing is caring except when you share germs.

Always seek medical advice from your doctor. When in doubt it’s better to bring them in and hear from the professional.

Links to the products mentioned in this blog:

Nose Frida

Boogie Wipes

Vicks Vaporizer

Matys Baby Chest Rub

Babyganics

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