How You Can Stay Well this Winter and Best Cold Hacks

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It’s winter in Australia right now and if your house is anything like ours, The Cold has hit. In various guises of sneezes, coughs and sniffles – it’s hit all of us. Yuck.

This year, despite wrapping up warm, staying hydrated and resting more, our colds have been much harder to shake too. Same for you?

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Every member of our family has been suffering from a cold for weeks and having chatted to the lovely people at Flo, who are kindly sponsoring this article, I want to share with you my experiences and some tips on how your family can stay well this winter.

You can purchase the Flo range here.

Nasal or sinus washing is one thing I had heard of for colds but I wasn’t totally convinced to be honest and let me tell you, I’m now a convert! If like me, you first thought is “eurrghhh, gross” or simply “no thanks”, read on. I wish I’d started doing years ago!

My Best Cold Hacks and How to Reduce “Germ Spread”!

1. Sinus Washing

So, what is sinus washing?

Sinus washing, also known as nasal or sinus irrigation, cleansing, rinsing, flushing or “douching” (not my preferred term!) is an at-home treatment using a very gentle solution with a bottle device that helps cleanse or flush your nose and sinuses. Using this reasonably large volume of fluid helps to wash away germs, irritants, pollen and pollutants that are breathed in through the nose. So it’s helpful not just for colds but also for those who suffer severe nasal or sinus congestion from sinusitis or hayfever.

My experience? Well after having a cold for almost two months, it was time to do something. My sinus pressure symptoms were making me feel miserable and I needed something extra. So I took the big step and picked up a Flo Sinus Care Kit from my pharmacy. We’re familiar with Flo’s nasal sprays and my whole family are on to them but I had not tried a larger volume wash.

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So what is Flo Sinus Care? Flo Sinus Care is a non-medicated, preservative-free solution for cleansing the nasal passages and sinus cavities. It’s gentle to use and helps thin and wash away excess mucus and breathed in germs and irritants, providing both nasal and sinus congestion.

I’ll admit it, I was anxious about this idea. By “anxious”, I mean I was too chicken to try it, but once I did, I was very surprised – it felt very therapeutic to do! I used warm, pre-boiled water. It was such a gentle experience with NO discomfort at all.

I repeated the procedure twice daily for three days and it actually cleared up my sinuses. The sinus pressure went. I could breathe much deeper and my sense of smell returned.

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Now I’m using this Flo kit daily to as a preventative measure as I do NOT want that cold back. And as I’m washing my nose and sinuses regularly, it means I’m reducing the chances of sharing my germs with the rest of the family. Sharing is not caring, when it comes to germ spreading!

It’s also great for washing away irritants like pollutant, pollen or dust (I have hayfever) so I will continue to use it all year round. It’s just become a part of my morning hygiene routine like teeth brushing. Like I said, I’m a nose flushing, sinus washing, nasal irrigating convert!!

Find out more about the Flo range here.

2. Hand Washing / Sanitising

It’s an obvious one but when we have colds or infections, we need to be extra aware of having clean hands to help prevent infection from spreading.

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Practising good hygiene habits is essential in helping to reduce the spread of infection in and outside of the family home. Keep pestering the kids and eventually they’ll get the message!

I also like to carry hand sanitiser in my bag for when we’re out and about.

3. Influenza Vaccination

Consider chatting to your GP about whether getting the flu jab is right for you and your family.

It’s much more easily available now from your GP, local pharmacy and even your workplace. It may not be for everyone but you should always discuss with your GP whether it’s a good idea for you and your children.

4. Keeping A Clean House

Disinfecting surfaces and keeping our house clean and tidy is a must when a cold has hit.

We’re tidy most of the time but having two little kids makes it a constant daily challenge. Well when I say “tidy”, can I just use that term loosely?! But we all muck in and pack the toys away and regularly clean surfaces (and toys) to help keep them clean, dust free and germ free.

Clean Home - Love from Mim

I wish MY house was this tidy!

5. Correct Coughing Practice!

My two kids, now aged three and five years old, are old enough to learn what to do if they sneeze or cough. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still something I need to keep reminding them of!

Whilst they’re automatically inclined to cough into my FACE, we try to teach them to cough or sneeze into their elbow. You can find out more about why this practice is important here.

Essentially, if you do not have a tissue to cough or sneeze into, cough/sneeze into your elbow, not your hands. Because when was the last time you saw a small child with a tissue at the ready?

Using a nasal or sinus wash had never crossed my mind in the past but I’m SO glad I started doing it. The kids are at day-care and school and they’re constantly bringing home bugs so at least now I feel more equipped to reduce my chances of catching another epic cold. The good news is that Flo has a product for everyone in the family. When they start getting snotty and sniffly they get straight onto their Flo Kids Spray. Flo Kids Nasal Saline Spray is also non-medicated, preservative-free and because it sprays at any angle it’s very easy for them to use themselves.

You can find out more about the Flo range here and their health tips for the whole family.

Here’s a sinus washing demo by a cute 6 year old (besides if she can do it, anyone can!)

Ask your pharmacist or GP about nasal or sinus washing and how it benefits.

How do you keep your family healthy in winter? And have you tried a sinus wash for colds?

You can purchase the Flo range here.

GIVEAWAY CLOSED

And the winner is…Katherine!

Would you like to grab a Flo goodie bag to help keep your family healthy?

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This prize pack, worth $160 Includes:

  • 2 x Flo Sinus Care Kits 12 Sachets (one for you, one for your partner)
  • 2 x Flo Kids Nasal Sprays
  • 2 x Flo Baby Nasal Sprays
  • 2 x Flo Elephant Soft Toys
  • 2 x Flo Elephant Squirty Toys
  • 2 x JuDanzy Legwarmers
  • 1 x Storksak Travel Stroller Caddy!
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16 Comments

  1. Laura S
    10th July 2018 / 5:00 pm

    Cooking with lots of ginger for an immune boosting winter warmer.

  2. Rachel K
    7th July 2018 / 2:38 am

    We avoid rugging up on the couch and enjoy socialising. This strengthens our immune systems by keeping us active and reducing our stress levels.

  3. Tina
    6th July 2018 / 4:16 pm

    I find Olive leaf extract useful for the kids in winter. We also got out flu shots and I’m pretty big on hand hygiene being an aged care nurse and having had the worst year ever in our area for the tummy bug was no fun at all. So I’m forever keeping hand sanitizer everywhere and manic on spraying door handles this year!

  4. Alanna
    6th July 2018 / 3:33 pm

    We prevent getting viruses at home by diffusing and applying essential oils ✅

  5. Amanda S
    6th July 2018 / 1:34 pm

    Wish I knew. We were so prepared this year, we followed a great diet, we exercised and we all had flu jabs. But we have all had a cold followed by flu and straight into another cold. I have admitted defeat and just bought a whole heap of chocolate while I ponder moving to some isolated part of the planet before next winter.

  6. Sonia Chang
    1st July 2018 / 10:30 pm

    Common cold virus are difficult to be defeated by normal medical treatments. The best way to against cold and flu is a flu vaccine every year and warm salted water gargles twice a day . I love to use antibacterial hand santitiser to clean my hands everywhere and avoiding public areas when flu season. Good nutrition diet and regular exercise are also wonderful ways to boost immune systems maximising success against cold and flu.

  7. Jessica
    1st July 2018 / 3:53 pm

    When the time comes that we are using flo kids spray we know a trip to the beach is a great complimentary treatment for warm salt air and fun in the sunshine. Pretty soon the whole family feel great and it’s a nice say out.

  8. Naomi
    1st July 2018 / 12:31 pm

    Washing hands regularly is my best tip for keeping us all healthy during the winter, also a humidifier to help keep the stuff noses away.

  9. Megan W
    1st July 2018 / 7:06 am

    We find taking probiotics each morning helps keep some bugs away in our house and also keeping a healthy diet.

  10. Katherine
    1st July 2018 / 4:04 am

    What a season! We have a 4 year old in daycare (who brings home all sorts of delightful bugs) and a newborn.
    On top of outdoors fresh air time every day (good for mental health too), we get humidifiers going in the cold season at night, will all natural essential oils.
    Helps the cold, the sleep, and smells deeeelightful!

  11. Deborah Bolam
    30th June 2018 / 3:38 pm

    Wrap up warmly and get outside a bit of fresh air never did anyone any harm winter time is great for hearty soups lots of vegetables

  12. Jacky B
    30th June 2018 / 1:11 pm

    In addition to the great ideas in this article I find keeping a healthy diet helps: plenty of natural vitamins and minerals to boost our immunity systems. We still have warming comfort food but I just add extra veggies where I can.

  13. Tracy Andreatta
    30th June 2018 / 10:04 am

    I have a child with a low immune system and to keep her healthy ,I’ve been using DoTerras On Guard every where in our home .

  14. Alana Deacon
    29th June 2018 / 11:52 pm

    The flo baby nasal spray has been a lifesaver! Our newborn had tonsillitis a couple of weeks ago 😫 and I used it often to help him breathe. We also love a good vaporizer atm! Hand washing is a must and I spray everything with Glen 20!

  15. Louise
    29th June 2018 / 9:31 pm

    My best tip is making sure that my family doesn’t get run down. I do this by helping to provide them with nutrition (especially vitamin C), I encourage sleep and we try to have happy days. :)

  16. Lynnette Bull
    29th June 2018 / 9:05 pm

    I’d have to say gentle exercise whilst outdoors seems to keep us healthy. Being stuck in over heated, stuffy offices, home and classrooms breathing in everyone’s germs is just no good for anyone.
    This year we haven’t got out as much and I am now five weeks in to an unrelenting cold/sinus/cough that I can’t shake.
    My daughter has been the same for 3 weeks and my partner the worst at 6 weeks. I had never heard of nasal washing before but I’m keen to try anything.

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