Monday, 18 March 2013

Keeping Coughs and Colds at Bay

Spring is fast approaching (believe it or not), but the cold and flu season has not abated at all.  We are still suffering from coughs, sniffles, flu and runny noses aplenty.  Children are likely to suffer three to four times as many as adults and 16.4 million school days are missed due to cold and coughs in the UK every year. Children under 12 are most suspectible to the germs, but many over the counter remedies are not suitable for them.  There are precautions we can take to minimise the frequency, duration and severity of these bugs, which are both safe and effective for all the family.

To Prevent Colds

Remind children to regularly wash hands thoroughly for 15-20 seconds.
Provide pocket size tissues so children can Catch It, Bin It, Kill It.
Avoid close contact with anyone with a cold.
Enjoy a good balanced diet with plenty of vitamin and antioxidant  rich fruit and vegetables.

To Fight Colds

Get rest. Stay warm and well rested to focus energy on recovery.
Drink lots of fluids.
Don't overheat the room and keep the room well aired.
Try a natural remedy.

One remedy available is Kaloba Syrup which is designed to treat common cold symptoms in children and adults.  It contains a South African medicinal plant extract which works in three ways to combat the virus:

Anti-viral properties stimulate t-cell production.
Anti-bacterial properties prevents attachment and multiplication of bacteria.
Removes mucus from nasal passages.

It is suitable for children 6 and over and can be taken up to three times a day.  It costs £7.99 for a 100ml bottle from Boots or Amazon or direct from

I was sent some Kaloba Syrup and an organic fruit box from Abel & Cole.  The box was packed with some lovely fruit: apples, blood oranges, pears, bananas and grapes.  I like the family to get their five a day, and this fruit box definitely inspired us to eat more fruit.  It was lovely to have such a well stocked fruit bowl.

colds and coughs

My daughter Megan suffers with asthma and allergies and is always sneezing and blowing her nose.  She seemed to be the perfect candidate for testing the Kaloba Syrup.  She is also quite a cynic when it comes to trying new things!  She sampled the Kaloba and said she felt that her airways felt more open and her throat was soothed.  She was so impressed that we are buying her a supply to keep her coughs and colds at bay.  Anything that she says is good must be effective.

Hopefully the better weather will be here soon and we can be free from cold and flu season for another year.  Hope you all keep well!


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