Half Term Sniffles… Vicks To The Rescue! #VicksTricks

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There’s no feeling of helplessness like when your babies are poorly, the slightest sniffle and we worry ourselves sick over them, well, I know I do! I should be used to having an unwell child as Theo catches everything going on top of his allergies, eczema and asthma but it never gets any easier to see them vulnerable.

Family Psychologist Corinne Sweet highlights that “one of the most powerful antidotes to sickness developing further, is parental care and concern.”

Half term has just begun here and as I predicted, the lurgy has hit. Between snotty noses, persistent coughing and lots of cuddles I’ve been practicing my fail proof methods for cheering my mini me’s up which involves lots of movies, reading books, vitamin packed smoothies and snuggling under blankets. It’s even better at this time of year when we can close the curtains and hide from the horrible weather, I’m not alone in my methods either as Vicks consumer research found that –

• Three out of four (75%) British parents put on the TV or a DVD
• Over a quarter (27%) read to their children
• 1 in 10 parents get really creative; either telling jokes (8%) or even do magic tricks (2%)

I always rub Vicks Vaporub* into the soles of the children’s feet when they can’t stop coughing, I pop some warm socks over the top before bed and it really helps to ease their symptoms – it’s not what it says on the tin but it sure works!

Of course an entire day of watching TV doesn’t do anybody any favor’s, so I like to do a little arts and crafts with them and usually, if they are poorly, they get two bedtime stories instead of one! We love Supertato and Superworm at the minute.

Vicks have some great ideas for keeping your children entertained whilst they are poorly on their YouTube channel, my favourite is the sliced banana trick, see below!

Of course I always have a bottle of child paracetamol and cold busting treatments such as Vicks First Defence Spray** but I truly believe that a little TLC goes a long way… rest, cuddles and kindness are a fab cure for any ailment.

Vicks consumer research found that –

• Over half (52%) of parents said that rest was the most important thing for making children feel better
• This was followed by ‘medicine’, which 40% of parents rely on
• More than a third of parents (36%) believe in the power of TLC

So next time the germs hit your household, remember that just a few important medicines and lots of love is all that is required.

* VapoRub is for the relief of nasal congestion, catarrh, sore throat and cough due to colds. For children aged 2 years and over. Always read the label.
**Vicks First Defence is a medical Device. Always read the label.

This post is an entry for the #VicksTricks campaign with Britmums.

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  1. Amy Stainthorpe 13th February 2017 / 7:53 am

    I swear by the Vicks vapour rub on the feet trick! I wonder why they don’t put it on the tub though. It really does work!

    • Chloe Weir 13th February 2017 / 3:08 pm

      They definitely should – works every time! Thanks for commenting x

  2. Kate Holmes 14th February 2017 / 8:42 pm

    Love the foot trick and it so works. Commenting for myself and on behalf of BritMums and thanking you for taking part.

    • Chloe Weir 18th February 2017 / 10:05 pm

      Thank you for your kind comment x

  3. Kate Holmes 21st February 2017 / 8:42 pm

    Emails are bouncing back so can you please email me about this entry as I have news for you

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