I think it's safe to say we've all fallen victim to the seasonal visitors that comes bearing the not so wonderful gifts of body aches, chills, and congestion.

Labor Day has come and gone, the kids are back in school, and rain is gracing us with it's lovely presence. Yes, fall is here, which means settling back into the comfortable routine of days marked by the ringing of school bells. It also means cold and flu season lurking just around the corner.

As much as we love our kiddos, we all dread the words "Mommy, I'm sick." Not because we don't love and care but because this will almost more than likely lead to missed school, disturbed sleep, and even time off work. 

Colds and flu are caused by viruses, not bacteria. Here are some tips to make a very uncomfortable experience a little more bearable on parent and child. 

  1. Have your child stay home the first 2 days to avoid spread
  2. Get plenty of rest and fluids
  3. Breathe in steam
  4. Run a humidifier
  5. Prepare healthy warm soups
  6. Use saline nose drops
  7. Do not give aspirin to anyone under 19 years of age