Disclaimer: This post has been sponsored by Braun and Vicks but as always, my opinions and experiences are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands and companies that support my blog and family.
There's nothing worse than waking up in the middle of the night to a crying kid who has a fever. You know me, I like to be prepared. But as momma bears, I think we all like to be prepared for the inevitable. Knock on wood but we've made it through this winter so far without any flu! Let's hope it stays that way!
In my arsenal of tools is the Braun ThermoScan®7 Thermometer — you guys, it's a lifesaver. It uses Braun Age Precision™ Technology which means I don't have to google what the temperature reading means. I just select the age range of the child I'm checking and it will give me a color reading of green for normal, yellow for fever, or red for a high fever. Easy as that! No googling what 37 degrees means for a 2-year-old when you're half asleep. We've all been there.
Also, a great gadget to have on hand if you have a babysitter or a family member watching the kiddos! I personally LOVE ear thermometers and I find they give you such an accurate read, plus the thermometer pre-warms the tip to provide extra comfort when taking readings! When I use underarm thermometers I'm usually retaking the temperature two or three times because I just don't trust that I'm getting a consistent readout. Also, important to note — disposable tips to keep the thermometer nice and clean – disposing the probe covers between readings means I’m not spreading germs to anyone else in the household, because no one wants to spread germs any more than we have to! Plus – Braun thermometers are the number one brand used by pediatricians among pediatricians who recommend a type of thermometer and is the most trusted children’s thermometer brand by Canadian shoppers.
When it comes to sick days, the real hero has got to be the humidifier. Vicks® FilterFree Cool Mist Humidifier helps restore essential moisture to any room, which is especially important during our dry, Canadian winters. My favorite feature is that it can be used with Vicks® VapoPads® for added relief and comfort because the VapoPads® offer soothing menthol vapors. Nothing beats the gentle aroma floating through the air. Maybe it's just me but the scent of Vicks® VapoPads® is like a huge wave of nostalgia! The sounds of the humidifier would usually transport me right back to my childhood bedroom being nursed back to health by my loving mama, but this humidifier is whisper quiet and won’t disturb sleep.
Use of a humidifier isn’t just for when you’re sick! Did you know that keeping the air in your home at a relative humidity level of 40-60% can help reduce the survival of flu and certain viruses on surfaces and in the air at home, compared to lower humidity levels!? Using a humidifier regularly helps fight against viruses, dry skin, sleep, nosebleeds, stuffy nose, and sore throat.
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