Kate’s Corner: Flu Season is Still Among Us
Posted January 13, 2010on:
Although the holidays gave us a temporary relief from the worries of flu season, it is still among us and a force to be reckoned with. Flu season arrives annually and spans from the month of November to April; causing sniffles, fevers, aches and pains to little ones and parents alike. This year with the outbreak of H1N1 (or “Swine Flu”), it is extremely important to continue preventative measures to keep germs away.
Here are some tips for you to try at home that you may not already know.
- Gargle twice a day with warm salt water (use Listerine if you don’t trust salt). H1N1 takes 2 to 3 days after initial infection in the throat and nasal cavity to show symptoms. In a way, gargling with salt water has the same effect on a healthy individual as Theraflu has on an infected one.
- Clean your nostrils at least once every day with warm salt water. Not everyone may be good at using a neti pot, but blowing the nose hard once a day and swabbing both nostrils with cotton swabs dipped in warm salt water is very effective in bringing down viral population.
- Boost your natural immunity with foods that are rich in Vitamin C. If you have to supplement with Vitamin C tablets, make sure that it also has Zinc to boost absorption.
- Drink as many warm liquids as you can. Drinking warm liquids (tea, coffee, etc.) has the same effect as gargling, but in the reverse direction. They wash off proliferating viruses from the throat into the stomach where they cannot survive or do any harm.
*Source: Dr. Vinay Goyal, MBBS, DRM, DNB (Intensivist and Thyroid specialist having clinical experience of over 20 years)
As a reminder, if you or your child experience flu-like systems, the best thing you can do is stay away from others.
May your family enjoy a healthy, flu-free start to 2010!
-Kate Dust, EduKids Education Director