Winter Survival Tips for Cold and Flu Season (Giveaway)

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Winter Survival for Cold and Flu Season

This time of year tends to be a hard one for me. We are through many of the holidays, it’s bitter cold, and it seems like someone in our family is always sick. It’s definitely inevitable to get sick when you’ve got kids attending school or frequent other public places. Practices like good hand hygiene and getting enough sleep can help prevent the cold or flu, but despite our best efforts, sometimes it just happens. Being that I’ve been a mom for over twelve years, I believe I have a few tips and tricks up my sleeve when it comes to cold and flu season.



Tips on Surviving Cold and Flu Season:

  • Vitamin C – When anyone in our family gets sick, I always start pushing the vitamin C. We have a few supplements and also intake foods like oranges, strawberries and broccoli to get the extra immune support.
  • Soft Tissue – This may seem silly, but I always buy the softest tissue when we have a cold. After you’ve blown your nose about 1,000 times, you realize how much you appreciate it. Some tissues even have lotion in them which is an added plus.
  • Rest – Staying home from school and work to rest could help you to get over the common cold sooner. I know I definitely feel like I am sick longer when I don’t take time to slow down while I’m not feeling well.
  • Humidifiers – We live in a very dry climate which is very unforgiving when you get a cold. A humidifier like the Vicks Filter Free Cool Mist Humidifier can alleviate some cold symptoms giving you a good night’s rest. Have you ever noticed how much harder it is to breathe when you are congested? Humidifers do a great job of adding moisture to the air and thus adding moisture to places like your nose and throat. It can actually make breathing easier.




I’m not a stranger to the Vick’s humidifiers and have utilized them in my home long before writing this post. They are the most trusted brand when it comes cold and flu relief and I can see why that’s true since I’ve trusted their products in my home. I’ve seen firsthand how well they work for my entire family. When I have a little one that is sick, I know that I can turn on a humidifier and help alleviate their symptoms. You can see the humidifier working as it gives out a quiet visible mist. We often sleep with them on to keep moisture in the air.



My youngest little guy is 20 months. There are not a lot of medicines that are safe for him to take at his age, but I know that I can turn on a humidifier to help. The American Academy of Pediatrics actually recommends using a cool mist humidifier through the winter to help alleviate symptoms like coughs and congestion in your little ones. As I mentioned above, we live in a dry climate so it’s actually a product that I like to use year round. Using it year round isn’t a bad idea no matter what climate you live in though as humidity can reduce the survival rate of flu viruses.

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  1. 30

    I make sure we wash our hands and faces often, use essential oils and vitamins.

  2. 31
    Amanda Whitley says:

    i keep stocked up on supplies because it is not easy getting out and getting them once the cold/flu starts making its way through the house. I make sure everyone washes hands often.

  3. 32

    We drink lots of water

  4. 33
    Amanda lea says:

    Lysol and plenty vitamins!

  5. 34

    Drink green tea with honey and lemon!

  6. 35
    Maryann D. says:

    We try to get plenty of rest when ill and we all wash our hands frequently.

  7. 36

    We make sure to get plenty of sleep-it really does help!

  8. 37

    We use zinc lozenges at the first sign of symptoms.

  9. 38
    Heather B says:

    I think the hand washing is THE biggest thing you can do during cold and flu season.

  10. 39
    Nicole Martin says:

    We drink lots of water.

  11. 40
    Alan Saxon says:

    Plenty of Chicken Noodle soup.

  12. 41

    One survival tip I use in my home when battling a cold/flu is take vitamin c, zinc and echinacea.

  13. 42
    Julie Bickham says:

    I make sure we have plenty of hand sanitizer and Kleenex on hand.

  14. 43
    Tonya Mcminn says:

    We keep lots of Lysol on hand and also lots of vitamin c

  15. 44

    We load up on vitamins and homemade soup.

  16. 45
    shelly peterson says:

    We take our vitamins and use hand sanitizer

  17. 46
    Mary Cloud says:

    Keep plenty of hand sanitizer around and take lots of Vitamin C

  18. 47
    Jessica Gipson says:

    We wash hands and use hand sanitizer when we cannot, we also take vitamins.

  19. 48

    We wash hands often and use hand sanitizer on the go

  20. 49

    Lots of choices for fluids and lots of tissues and getting bed rest.

  21. 50

    I wash my hands a lot and try to take in a lot of Vitamin C. Can’t always save us when the kids bring home illnesses, though!

  22. 51
    Dan Dykstra says:

    We drink a herbal mixture called green drink.

  23. 52
    Vickie L Couturier says:

    i try to keep the one who is sick off to themselves and make sure to santize everything they came in contact with to keep it from spreading

  24. 53
    Bianca Muñoz says:

    Constantly wash hands and cough into your elbow. Lots of rest.

  25. 54
    susan smoaks says:

    we do a immune booster approach. lots of fruits and veggies and water and exercise.

  26. 55
    kelly tupick says:

    I try to keep things clean and disinfected around the house, especially when someone is sick. We burn wood so a humidifier would be perfect as it gets so dry in here. I keep a bucket of water by the woodstove to help with the dryness.

  27. 56

    Hand washing and drinking lots of fluids helps us to combat colds.

  28. 57
    James Robert says:

    Hand sanitizers we go through like crazy along with many cleaning products to disinfect.

  29. 58

    We make sure to wash our hands often.

  30. 59
    Christa Lopez says:

    We wash our hands frequently during the cold and flu season!

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