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Mom Hacks For Cold + Flu Season

 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Braun. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

Our girls were just sick and between three kiddos when one of us gets sick usually we all end up getting sick too. One of the things that I have learned after all these years is that being prepared is always the best way to go, whether you’re traveling or just preparing for cold and flu season. Making sure you have things like medicines and thermometers so when your kiddos so get sick you’re ready with what they may need. There’s nothing like trying to find pain reliever for your infant in the middle of the night and yet we’ve all done it.

Last year I misplaced all of our thermometers and found myself at midnight try to find one. One thing I’ve learned is that you also need to know where they are and be keeping it all organized is how I stay prepared for cold and flu season. Now checking your kiddos temperatures has never been easier than with the Braun No touch + forehead thermometer.

I also have a few other mom hacks that I rely on to get us through cold and flu season. Check out this mom hacks video –

Also you can see keeping your thermometer daily organized and ready to go will allow you to effortlessly take your child’s temperature and help guide you as a parent with how to best help your child.

The Braun ThermoScan® 5 Ear thermometer uses the ear canal to take the temperature. The ear canal is the best site to measure a fever because of its close proximity to the eardrum, which shares the blood supply of the brain’s temperature control center. It’s available at most mass retail drug stores and online and this is the thermometer I have long relied on.

My new favorite is the Braun No touch + forehead thermometer. It offers Braun’s fastest, most comfortable clinically accurate temperature reading. Featuring innovative Braun technology that captures twice as much body heat compared to traditional forehead products for a fast and accurate reading. With the confidence of Braun technology, parents can get the same professional accuracy whether gently touching their child’s forehead or from up to two inches away. The no touch + forehead feature makes this the thermometer I reach for. I don’t have to wake up my girls to take their temperature ever again!

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118 Comments

  1. Laurie Emerson on January 30, 2017 at 9:23 pm

    I make sure that they drink plenty of juices. My mom always made me some warm apple juice with cinnamon and honey mixed in. I always use a lot of Vicks and have plenty of new coloring books and crayons in the “sick box” I keep just for these times.



  2. Kristen on January 30, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    We use zinc lozenges at the first sign of cold symptoms to try the ward it off or at least reduce the severity and length of the symptoms.



  3. Samantha on January 30, 2017 at 6:40 pm

    Make sure to have water around the house for the little ones to sip on all day long to keep them hydrated!



  4. Paula Michele Hafner on January 30, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    I keep a small bag of quiet toys, stuffed animals, books, etc. It works great for when you need to take a little one to the doctor or keep them still in bed. Plus, the small gifts help distract them and to cheer them up. I pick up things at yard sales or on clearance.



  5. Susan Biddle on January 30, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    Licorice root, Vitamin C and Zinc actually does shorten colds.



  6. Maria Beas on January 30, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    Definitely lots of liquids and citric fruits. Thanks for the chance to win such an amazing giveaway.



  7. Stephanie Larison on January 30, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    Make sure they drink lots and lots of water to stay hydrated.



  8. Jammie on January 30, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    A lot of rest and fluids. We just got over the flu here and it wasn’t fun at all.



  9. Francine Anchondo on January 30, 2017 at 11:56 am

    Sleep , medicine and fluids.



  10. Sarah Mayer on January 30, 2017 at 11:36 am

    Chicken Noodle Soup with a spicy broth, lots of meds, rest and unlimited NETFLIX.



  11. Kyl Neusch on January 30, 2017 at 9:24 am

    Use applesauce to hide the flavor of meds



  12. clynsg on January 30, 2017 at 9:10 am

    I don’t consider them hacks, but I provide symptomatic relief as necessary to keep/make the patients as comfortable as possible, while also monitoring them (temperature, quality of breathing & cough, etc.) to make certain they are not becoming even more ill.



  13. Brooke Allen on January 30, 2017 at 3:50 am

    Let the kids rest a lot.



  14. Lisa V. on January 29, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    Can’t say I have hacks, but feed soup, vapor rub on chest and feet, and cold medicine.



  15. Daniel M on January 29, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    juice aspirin bed



  16. susan smoaks on January 29, 2017 at 10:04 am

    at the first sign of cold or flu it’s best to stay hydrated and rest as much as possible.



  17. Amber Warfield on January 28, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    Keep my hands washed and make sure my kids keep their hands washed as well.



  18. Erika W. on January 28, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    Sleep is number one, cold compresses on forehead and more sleep! Hate seeing my little ones sick!



  19. mami2jcn on January 27, 2017 at 8:16 am

    Chicken noodle soup and cough drops make me feel better.



  20. Erica B. on January 27, 2017 at 1:23 am

    Get lots of rest!



  21. Shelly Dixon on January 26, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    Lots of fluids, vitamin C, humidifer and lots of rest.



  22. Stephanie Liske on January 25, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    Sleep is the best medicine.



  23. Jeanna on January 25, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    Making sure they are comfortable is my #1 priority, so I make a nice cozy spot on the couch and we watch movies while making sure they drink lots of liquids!



  24. SHAYNA on January 24, 2017 at 5:34 am

    Add moisture to the air by putting on a pot of tea or simply boiling the water on the stove top. Dry air is irritating to the throat and nasal passages.



  25. Lisa Brown on January 24, 2017 at 2:28 am

    drink lots of liquids



  26. Rachel on January 23, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    My best cold/flu hack is to increase fluids, get lots of rest and take vitamin C.



  27. Tina W on January 23, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    My mom always made us “jello juice”, basically jello made with only hot water that you sipped. It was great when you couldn’t keep anything else down.



  28. amanda sakovitz on January 23, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    Lots of sleep and orange juice



  29. Thomas Murphy on January 23, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    I take a nap when I am sick.



  30. Betsy Barnes on January 23, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    One of my favorite cold and flu mom hack, have plenty of movies to watch and rest while dealing with sickness.



  31. Sarah Bailey on January 23, 2017 at 11:24 am

    These all look great for the flu season. Taking care of yourself is a must!



  32. Tammy Shelton on January 23, 2017 at 10:25 am

    Lots and lots of hand washing and extra vitamin C.



  33. Terri S. on January 23, 2017 at 9:36 am

    These things are in my arsenal when the flu or colds invade our home:
    Homemade chicken soup – natural penicillin 🙂
    Tea with honey & lemon
    Gatorade – to balance electrolytes
    Jell-o for extra fluid to keep hydrated
    HALOS – for Vit. C – everyone loves them, especially the grandkids
    Plus, lots of rest.



  34. Amy Deeter on January 22, 2017 at 11:50 am

    My best cold + flu mom hacks our resting, drinking fluids, and medicine



  35. Crystal F on January 22, 2017 at 11:15 am

    I don’t really have any hacks. I just try to make them as comfortable and happy as possible. Thank you!



  36. Theresa Pettit on January 22, 2017 at 10:37 am

    Lots of water and rest.



  37. Susan Christy on January 22, 2017 at 10:13 am

    Fluids, sleep and Vick’s Vapor Rub.



  38. Mary Cloud on January 22, 2017 at 9:17 am

    Honey – my family has used it for years for colds and flu – it helps soothe throats and coughs



  39. joti b on January 21, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    Plenty of sleep, fluids & chicken soup .



  40. Donna L on January 21, 2017 at 6:46 am

    I make a big pot of homemade chicken soup. Also hot tea with honey.



  41. Sheila K. on January 20, 2017 at 11:24 pm

    Chicken noodle soup, good movies, and good books!



  42. Karen DeVaney on January 20, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    A heating pad is great for body aches, and drinking hot tea with lemon and honey is great both to warm up and to soothe any throat irritation.



  43. Dawn Monroe on January 20, 2017 at 8:00 am

    I like to give medicine to relieve symptoms, hot tea, movies and lots of TLC.



  44. Brent Strassburg on January 19, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    Load up on Vitamin C, drink lots of fruit juice and take Vitamin C supplements the second I feel anything going on.



  45. Nicole Martin on January 19, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    Water! Water is the BEST medicine!!



  46. Will G on January 19, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    Get plenty of sleep and drink plenty of water.



  47. Jennifer Allen on January 19, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    cold and flu hack is cinnamon and honey



  48. Steve Weber on January 19, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    Lots of rest, meds, vicks vapo rub and some chicken noodle soup are my hacks.



  49. beth shepherd on January 19, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    Lots of rest and fluids are important



  50. Anne Higgins on January 18, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    I have used yogurt, applesauce and even ice cream to hide the medicine taste. Willing to do whatever it takes.



  51. Christy G. on January 18, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    My best cold + flu mom hacks are to use Vick’s Vapor Rub and humidifiers. Also use the softest tissues possible so noses don’t get sore. Thanks for the giveaway!



  52. Chrissy on January 18, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    Pretending I’m not sick! I’m only half kidding, sometimes I find that if I’m only a little under the weather and can up my vitamins or veggies and still stay active I recover way faster than if I allow myself to mope around and feel icky. Also, lots of local honey – definitely seems to keep us healthier and to help us get better faster!



  53. Christine Labelle on January 18, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    I don’t think that I have hacks. I have four kids so it may sound odd, but if they are going to be sick I really prefer for them to be sick at the same time. Then I can get the house clean at once instead after each one gets sick. We believe in cuddles and movies on sick days.



  54. Nickie on January 18, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    Lots of rest and fluids



  55. Elle on January 18, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    Not really a hack but I like to use vitamin c, rest and chicken soup.



  56. Linda on January 18, 2017 at 11:40 am

    To make sure they stay hydrated I like to have homemade popsicles (made with OJ or apple juice) and make sure they get plenty of rest.



  57. Karla R. on January 18, 2017 at 10:50 am

    Chicken noodle soup and sleep is the best.



  58. LaTanya on January 18, 2017 at 10:21 am

    I keep medicine on hand to avoid running out late in night or early morning to the store



  59. katherine on January 18, 2017 at 7:56 am

    Take your medicine quick and have a glass of OJ ready



  60. Brittney House on January 17, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    We try to drink tons of fluids and give our bodies enough rest to get well.



  61. cheryl s on January 17, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    lots of handwashing and daily vitamins



  62. heather s on January 17, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    Warm liquids and good movies to watch to keep their minds off of it



  63. Tee Anderson on January 17, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    Drinking lots of fluids, home made chicken noodle soup and lots of rest.



  64. Katie K on January 17, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    Lots of back-rubs and warm up blankets in the drier when dealing w/ chills



  65. Ashley C on January 17, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    My best tip is to have warm water with a bit of honey and apple cider vinegar. It seems to help!



  66. laura bernard on January 17, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    Use elderberry syrup and eat super healthy during cold season!



  67. Sarah B on January 17, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    If my kids get congested I run a hot shower and sit with them in the restroom until the steam clears them up!



  68. heather on January 17, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    My best cold and flu mom hacks are to play lots of favorite dvds, make chicken noodle soup and give the kids lots of warm liquids.



  69. aaron reck on January 17, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    I ask my doctor and I reach out to my family and friends for tips. My mom raised me I call her to ask what should I do. Mom is so supportive.



  70. Jessica To on January 17, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    I try to get my son to take a hot shower. He never wants to but it opens him up and makes him feel better.



  71. Jessica Beard on January 17, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    Lots of rest, fluids, Vicks on the feet, chicken noodle soup, and lots of snuggles help my little ones.



  72. Ellie Wright on January 17, 2017 at 11:51 am

    Plenty of rest and liquids. And activities for the housebound.



  73. Dawn Gibson-Thigpen on January 17, 2017 at 10:37 am

    omg i had colds, and the flu even more. my granny told me when i was young to put honey and a little whiskey in your tea and stay in for a few days and it will go away fast. lol



  74. Debbi Wellenstein on January 17, 2017 at 9:49 am

    I try to make sure everyone gets enough sleep, and that we all wash our hands frequently! If we do get sick, I make sure we have some fun videos to watch.



  75. Christina Sparks on January 17, 2017 at 9:19 am

    Drink plenty of water, get rest and and bundle up and drink chicken broth.



  76. harolde on January 17, 2017 at 8:33 am

    I try to get them to get as much rest as possible, and load them up on fluids.



  77. Tara on January 17, 2017 at 8:00 am

    It’s awful when your child gets sick. I really like the Braun No touch + forehead thermometer. It is so noninvasive.



  78. Julie Wood on January 17, 2017 at 6:15 am

    Get plenty of rest, put honey in your tea or eat honey. Use a steam treatment and gargle with salt water.



  79. Kristyn Martin on January 17, 2017 at 6:10 am

    Staying hydrated is so important!



  80. Michelle Hill on January 17, 2017 at 6:07 am

    Hydration and plenty of rest!



  81. Cynthia C on January 17, 2017 at 5:27 am

    My kids always got hot tea with honey and lemon when they had colds and flu.



  82. Kimmy Ripley on January 17, 2017 at 5:17 am

    When we feel a cold coming on we take Emergen-C.



  83. Janet W. on January 17, 2017 at 4:12 am

    Taking extra vitamin C, drinking lots of water, and getting plenty of rest is my mom hack!



  84. Adrienne Gordon on January 17, 2017 at 4:01 am

    I mix the medicine in a smoothie.



  85. Toni | Boulder Locavore on January 17, 2017 at 1:18 am

    Great tips! When my kids have cold or flu, I always make sure our thermometers are reading accurately, I give them more water and a lot of rest.



  86. Lindsay Bade on January 17, 2017 at 12:04 am

    Grandma’s recipe for chicken noodle soup and lots of fluids and rest!



  87. Heather Dawn on January 16, 2017 at 11:14 pm

    I let them have lots of rest and I give them soup and warm tea with natural honey.



  88. Emily Morelli on January 16, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    I make sure my family gets plenty of rest and we take an elderberry supplement at the first sign of a cold or flu. It helps keep us healthy all through the season.



  89. shirley emitt on January 16, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    Keep the liquids coming, soft fruits and lots of rest.



  90. Thomas Gibson on January 16, 2017 at 9:10 pm

    Homemade chicken noodle soup with mint tea.



  91. Lauren on January 16, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    Rest and fluids are my flu and cold hacks.



  92. shelly peterson on January 16, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    Keep them hydrated, chicken noodle soup and rest.



  93. Jason on January 16, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    Lots of Vitamin C and rest



  94. Alexandrea on January 16, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    I have seen these digital thermometers and have been really interested in getting one. I think I’ll have to check them out next time I’m at the store- thanks for sharing!



  95. Barbara Montag on January 16, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    My best is get as much rest/sleep at your can.
    Colds and flu take a lot out of our bodies.
    thank you



  96. Christie on January 16, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    Soup, gatorade and a nice cozy bed on the couch with movies.



  97. Claudia Krusch on January 16, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    I need to pick up The Braun ThermoScan 5 Ear thermometer. It would make taking the kids temperature a lot easier. This would be a great product to put in a baby shower gift basket.



  98. Christopher Mason on January 16, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    Quarantine.



  99. Dorothy Deakyne on January 16, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    make ginger honey lemon tea



  100. Cheryl B on January 16, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    I like to make milk toast, which was something’s my mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother would give to their children, when they were sick.. not sure if it works..but it always gives me comfort,



  101. Amy Desrosiers on January 16, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    We own these Braun models and love them. They are way less evasive as compared to other brands.



  102. Emily on January 16, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    Can you come to my house and be my nurse? I’ve been sick on and off for a month and a half – it’s horrible! Bugs have been traveling through everyone and back to me every time.



  103. Penny Snyder on January 16, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    A cup of hot tea!~



  104. Danielle Wood on January 16, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    Mix medicine in their favorite juice, make sure they get plenty of vitamin c and earlier bed time.



  105. Sandra K on January 16, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    Green tea with honey is my go to drink to stay hydrated. There are so many flavors now (blueberry, orange, ginger, etc.) that there’s something that everybody likes.



  106. Janice on January 16, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    I try to make sure they are drinking plenty of fluids. I keep a variety of juices around in case they get tired of just drinking water.



  107. Sandra on January 16, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    Green tea with honey.. not too hot, just warming enough.



  108. Bianca Norman on January 16, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    Lots of cuddles, soups, make sure babies stay hydrated, and of course wash hands frequently.



  109. Lisa Bourlier on January 16, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    Nice warm baths always seem to help!



  110. patricia skinner on January 16, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    Keeping the children hydrated really helps.



  111. Liz Mays on January 16, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    It definitely helps to have some quick and easy strategies to help the kids through their colds. The Braun no touch thermometer sounds amazing!



  112. fran on January 16, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    rest, and zinc



  113. Fiona N on January 16, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    I usually use orange juice to mix with medicine for my son. Hot ginger tea would help common cold too!
    Thank You



  114. Angela Hendricks on January 16, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    My best mom cold and flu hack is to make sure I have a good thermometer, plenty of ibuprofen for kids, and kids cough syrup.



  115. Pam Wattenbarger on January 16, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    A good thermometer makes all the difference when your kids are sick. You want to make sure it is reading accurately.



  116. Cheryl on January 16, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    Use applesauce to hide the flavor of medicine.



  117. Jennifer W on January 16, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    My best hack is to drinks lots and lots of water. Pho is also nice when you have a cold.



  118. Margaret Smith on January 16, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    Soup is one of my biggest hacks. Also tea with honey and lemon and rest.