Essentials For Your Winter Wellness Kit

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As the winter weather rolls on and we tuck ourselves away together indoors, the risk of catching an unwanted illness can increase. Get ready for this eventuality with a winter wellness kit so, if someone in your family gets sick, you have the essentials on hand.

Grab these essentials and stock up your supply ready for whatever the winter throws at you.

Bedtime helpers

When you’re under the weather and you just want to sleep, feeling congested can make it difficult to get the rest you need.

Beggi bedtime vapour patches

Infused with natural essential oils from eucalyptus, thyme, pine, and lemongrass and uniquely formulated to help with gentle, natural, and effective relief from nasal congestion, Beggi Bedtime Vapour Patches are designed to attach to a pillow or clothing and provide a slow, continuous release of natural essential oil vapours to help soothe your senses and relieve stuffy noses.

Beggi Bedtime Vapour Patches (Adult 24s) are suitable for 14 years and up while Beggi Bedtime Vapour Patches Lavender (24s) and Beggi Bedtime Vapour Patches (Children’s 16s) are suitable for use from 6 months old.

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Pain relief

Pain and fever can become frequent visitors for families during winter either through illness or injury. Ensure you have a supply of pain relief such as paracetamol and ibuprofen on hand. Always follow the dosage instructions.

Ethics children's paracetamol

Ethics Children’s Paracetamol is available in either strawberry & vanilla flavour for children 3 months to 12 years old or orange flavour for children 1 to 12 years old. Use for the temporary relief of mild to moderate pain and fever associated with cold and flu, teething, toothache, headache, earache, sore throat and immunisation.

Ethics Children’s Ibuprofen is available for ages 3 months to 12 years old in an orange flavour. Use for fast and effective temporary relief from fever and pain associated with teething, toothache, headache, earache, sore throat, immunisation, cold and flu symptoms, and muscular aches and pains.

Ethics Children’s Paracetamol and Ibuprofen are colour, sugar, and alcohol-free and come with a free oral dose syringe and medicine cup.

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Symptom soothers

Throat lozenges can soothe irritation and provide relief from coughing and sore throat symptoms. They often contain ingredients that help to lubricate the throat and reduce inflammation, promoting faster recovery.

Ethics throat lozenges

Ethics Soothing Medicated Throat Lozenges feature double antibacterial action in honey & lemon flavour. Keep a packet at the ready for the first signs of sore throats.

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Breathe easy

The direct application of chest rubs, often containing menthol or eucalyptus, can help relieve congestion and ease breathing by opening up the airways. Additionally, the massaging action of applying the rub can provide comfort during respiratory illnesses.

Ethics chest rub

Ethics Chest Rub helps ease nasal congestion by releasing soothing vapour for up to 8 hours to make breathing easier. A clearer air passage can help to soothe the distress and discomfort associated with colds.

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Comprehensive relief

Being a responsible parent when you’re suffering from a cold or flu is one of those moments which the parenting books don’t cover! Sometimes you simply don’t have the option to curl up in bed to recover. A combined treatment option for adults can provide comprehensive relief from symptoms.

Ethics cold and flu relief

Ethics Cold & Flu Relief + Decongestant Day & Night Tablets offer effective and comprehensive relief from the symptoms of cold and flu including body aches and pain, sore throat, fever, cough, and nasal congestion. The day tablets are non-drowsy, allowing you to continue with your daily activities while the night tablets promote restful sleep for better recovery.

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Immune system support

Vitamin C and zinc can boost immunity by supporting various cellular functions of the immune system, enhancing the body’s ability to fight off infections. Together, they can help to reduce the duration and severity of colds and other respiratory illnesses.

Nature's Way NZ - Kids Smart Vita Gummies Vitamin C + Zinc
When your child’s nutritional intake is not ideal, Nature’s Way NZ Kids Smart Vita Gummies Vitamin C + Zinc offers a combination of two essential nutrients to help support kids’ immune system function. They’re available in a delicious citrus-flavoured chewable gummie making them easy for kids to eat.
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Keeping track of fevers

Thankfully the days of trying to hold a manual thermometer under your wriggling child’s armpit, or worse still safely in their mouth, are long gone with the advent of digital thermometers. Our tip is to get the best digital thermometer your budget allows – the easier it is to take and read your child’s temperature the better. A normal temperature for children is around 37°.

Omron MC-720 Forehead Thermometer

The Omron MC-720 Forehead Thermometer provides a fast forehead temperature measurement without contact, making it suitable for all ages, including infants and young children. Measurement can be taken even while the child is sleeping. The memory function shows the last reading as well as the current temperature so you can easily recall the temperature trend.

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On the pulse

The arrival of pulse oximeters is another fantastic peace-of-mind tool for parents. These handy little devices gently clamp around your child’s finger and measure your child’s pulserate as well as their oxygen saturation level, ie how much oxygen is in their blood. Look out for an oximeter designed for children and follow the instructions for use.

This, combined with their temperature, allows you to track their wellness and give you valuable input into when you might want to seek medical advice.

Lifesmart Smart (Bluetooth) Fingertip Pulse Oximeter

Results from the Lifesmart Smart (Bluetooth) Fingertip Pulse Oximeter readings of oxygen saturation and pulse rate can be tracked on your smartphone.

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Treats and entertainment back-ups

Having an illness in the house can be stressful and often boring for kids! Consider tucking away a few treats such as your family’s favourite lollies or drinks. Ice blocks double as a treat as well as being kind to sore throats and upset tummies. A novelty sippy cup or straw could help persuade reluctant drinkers to keep their fluid intake up.

A special book, a toy for their collection, some colouring in pages, or some felt pens that magically appear at a strategic moment could help ward off boredom or calm an upset child.

This article was written by Kidspot NZ and includes information provided by Multichem.

Always follow the dosage instructions provided on product packaging and consult with a healthcare professional if you have any questions or concerns about using a medication or treatment.

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