5 best winter weapons

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It’s barely winter, yet social media channels are swamped with sad, snotty trapped parents. Families can feel under siege from colds and other bugs – just as one family member claws their way out of the duvet fortress, another goes in. We know you have far better uses for your time than lying in bed surrounded by tissues, so here are a few ways you can keep the winter sniffles at bay:

1.    Stick to trusted treatments. If your child is sick, chances are your doctor will have better way of fixing the problem than your aunty’s family fixes. Chicken soup may help you feel better, but it’s not the same as the right medicine at the right time. Read: How to fix sick kids

2.    Stuffy noses and snoring. One of the most challenging aspects to sickness is when the family have stuffy noses. A child with a blocked nose is not a happy child, and the rest of you may all lose sleep over the freight trains of snoring coming from the other room. Having clear noses and sinuses is something you really appreciate when you have them back! Read: Goodbye stuffy noses

3.    Flu attack! Flu may hang around for a few days, so you’ll want to make life as comfortable as possible while it lingers. You can find out more about the benefits of drinking hot liquids, cold and warm packs on the sinuses and even the correct way to blow a nose! Read: Beat the winter flu

4.    Sleep deprived. Sleep is a commodity lots of parents cherish. You may be that unlucky parent who can’t remember when last you had a full night’s sleep, and illness in the home can make that worse. People tell you to go to bed, but you can’t sleep, so what do you do? Read: 10 sleep tricks for tired parents

5.    Keep busy. Your child may be frustrated at having to stay home from school, but what can you do? If you’re creative (and not too ill yourself!) you can do some easy activities that will suit even a listless kid. Read: 5 sick day activities

Here's one little girl's response to having the flu injection, and her range of emotions is massive!

Watch: Freaking out over a flu shot/Emotionally confused via CutiesnFuzzies/YouTube

It’s stressful when your children are ill, but you can always find some ways for avoiding being too depressed about medical bills.

How do you cope when your children aren’t well?

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