1/16/14 8:00 AM Comments

It is commonly thought that colds and flu are triggered by the change of season when temperatures go from warmer to colder. Actually, these illnesses occur mostly during fall and winter months not because the temperature is lower but rather the cold and flu-causing viruses seem to survive better in lower humidity. Cold weather also makes the nasal passage lining drier and more open to viral infection. People also tend to spend more time indoors increasing the possibility that the virus will spread from one person to the next.

Colds and flu may affect us individually, but they also have an impact on society as a whole. Adults average two to four colds per year while children experience as many as 10 per year. Prevalence among children seems to be related to their high exposure to other children in day care and schools. While parents are taking care of their sick children or become bed- ridden, their absence can affect companies and services.

Simple measures such as washing your hands often can make a difference, but how many parents know what to do at the first sign of symptoms? Will you wait until you or your children are “sick enough” to use a conventional medication? Instead of waiting, you can try nipping them in the bud with a medicine from Boiron, world leader in homeopathic medicines.

Homeopathic medicines should generally be taken at the onset of symptoms. These medicines offer a safe, natural solution without a risk of drug interactions, so there is no need to wait to take action at the critical early stages.

Oscillococcinum® works best when you first start feeling achy, fatigued or run down. Clinical studies show Oscillo® reduces the severity and duration of flu symptoms when taken at the onset. This is supported by more than 80 years of use throughout the world. The sweet-tasting, kid-friendly pellets dissolve quickly under the tongue. No water, chewing or swallowing is required. It won’t cause drowsiness or hyperactivity, plus there are no drug interactions with other medications. It’s recommended for everyone 2 years of age and up.

Do you think it may be a cold rather than flu? Coldcalm® addresses multiple symptoms at every stage of a cold. Melt-away tablets are available for adults and sweet-tasting, quick-dissolving pellets can be given to children at the first sign of symptoms. Both the tablets and pellets are recommended for everyone 3 years of age and up.

To complete your winter homeopathic medicine cabinet, Chestal® and Children’s Chestal® offer an economical multi-cough formula. The natural goodness of honey coats and soothes the throat, while the blend of homeopathic medicines loosens chest congestion. Chestal® works naturally with the body to make all types of common coughs more productive. The syrup soothes those dry, fitful coughs at bedtime so they don’t prevent sleep, but without causing drowsiness during the day. It does not contain artificial flavors or colors, and kids will love the honey taste! Chestal® is recommended for everyone 2 years of age and up.




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