This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Latina Mom Bloggers and Walgreens. However, all opinions expressed are my own.
I love fall. But there is one thing that arrives with fall that I truly do not like, cough and cold season. It starts with the weather changes, one day it's hot then suddenly it's cold, and soon everyone is sick. As I write this post, I am sitting here with the box of Kleenex next to me, because already the cold germs came into the house a week ago and we all got a light cold. The only silver lining to this story is that I had already prepped a little bit ahead of time and we had most of the items I always stock up on. But before we get further into the month, I have to replenish that stock and get the rest of my "cough and cold season" preparedness kit ready. Luckily one trip to Walgreens and I can get everything I need to prep my family for cough and cold season.
What items are in my kit?
- Over the counter medications for kids and adults: I have separate bottles for cold, cough and fever. Walgreens has all the trusted brands that I look for when choosing medications. How do pain relievers and fever reducers work? Acetaminophen and Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) are two categories of over-the-counter pain relievers/fever reducers. Acetaminophen is also used to relieve headaches, muscle aches and fever. It is also found in many other medicines, such as cough syrup, cold and sinus medicines.
- Hand sanitizer: I stock up on a lot of bottles in both regular and personal size. The kids each get a small bottle for school (where cold germs are rampant) and we have a few larger bottles in different spots throughout the house.
- Thermometer: I always make sure we have a working thermometer in the house.
- Vaporub: A favorite ever since I was little. My mom would put Vaporu on us every time we were sick and it's still something I reach for every time my kids get sick now.
- Tissues: We will need plenty of boxes of these by the time winter is over. Again I will purchase regular boxes and personalized sizes for backpacks.
- Antibacterial hand wash: A must in each bathroom and kitchen. Extra handwashing during cough and cold season helps cut down on the germs that are being passed around.
- Extra cleaning products: Antibacterial wipes and sprays for cleaning high traffic surfaces. We will go through a lot of these in the next few months.
If you have not begun to prepare for cough and cold season, now is the time, before the sneezing, coughing and sore throats begin. What are the signs and symptoms of a common cold? Sneezing, stuffy or runny nose, sore throat, coughing, watery eyes, mild headache and mild body aches. Find more tips on keeping your family healthy during cough and cold season by visiting Walgreens on Facebook.
I hope you can also join us for the the “Preparing for Cough & Cold Season” Twitter Party which I will be co-hosting! Please join @LatinaMomBlogs for the #WalgreensLatino Preparing for Cough & Cold Season Twitter Party on http://bit.ly/1fXG9fe . Lot’s of great prizes but you must RSVP here:
Have you prepared your household for cough and cold season?