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Fall is by far my favorite time of year. Cooler temperatures, colorful leaves, pumpkin-flavored everything, trick or treating, pumpkin patches and corn mazes: there is so much to love. But fall also brings the dreaded germ season, and when you have little kids that is the most dreaded season of all. This is our first fall/winter living in a new state with true seasons, which will mean exposure to new germs, colder temperatures, and probably more frequent sickness. So I’m preparing for germ season ahead of time this year and I thought I would share a bit about how I do that here in case it helps you prepare for the same. Because when it comes to germs and preventing their spread, we’re all in this together right?

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How I prepare for germ season:

  • Take preventative measures:

The first way I prepare for germ season is by trying to protect us from sickness and building up our immune systems. People have different favorite ways to do this, but I’m a believer in a combination of both traditional and holistic methods. I get a flu shot. I diffuse essential oils. We take probiotics. We try to get enough rest. We wash our hands. All of these things help our immune systems to be strong and ready to fight off any germs that come our way (hopefully).

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  • Stock up on supplies:

Nothing is worse than coming down with a virus and not having the supplies you need to feel better on hand. Especially when it is you, the mom and caretaker, that is sick. Because you definitely don’t feel like heading out to the store for supplies once you’ve already gotten sick, especially if you have to take your kids with you, and you probably can’t rely on someone else getting the supplies you want for you. In an effort to avoid that miserable situation, I stock up at the start of fall so that my medicine cabinet is ready. Here are some of my favorites to have on hand:

  1.  TYLENOL® Cold + Flu Severe Day/Night: This is my go-to for cough, congestion, sore throat, aches, and fever. I love that there is treatment for both daytime or nighttime, so I don’t get drowsy during the day but I can sleep better at night.
  2. Breathe Right Nasal Strips: I hate not being able to breathe when I’m trying to sleep. These strips provide relief for congestion due to colds, allergies, or a deviated septum and reduce snoring caused by nighttime nasal congestion (something that my husband says I do but I’m still in denial about). I love that these are drug and medication free, so they are safe to use with other medication and if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  3. Halls Cough Drops: I’ve used these my whole life and they always do the trick when it comes to soothing a sore and scratchy throat and helping to relieve a cough. I’m pretty sure these are on my bedside table all winter long, just in case.
  4. Theraflu ExpressMax Severe Cold & Flu: Flu shots are an area people are still divided. Many are firm believers and others prefer not to get one. Even I do get a flu shot (and have since I was in law school in Chicago 15 years ago) there is a chance you can still get the flu, so having Theraflu on hand is a must. It is great for helping to defeat 7 cold & flu symptoms fast, like sore throat, nasal congestion, chest congestion, fever, cough, headache, and body aches.
  5. Kleenex Anti-viral Facial Tissues: We go through a lot of boxes of Kleenex during cold season and I’m never without them in our home. They are soft and a great value. Plus Kleenex stepped up it’s germ prevention game with their Anti-viral line, which kills 99.9% of cold and flu viruses in the tissue.
  6. Dial Complete Foaming Hand Wash: I prefer foaming hand soaps, especially for use with my kids. Dial hand soap leaves skin feeling hydrated and soft while killing 99% of germs. We keep a bottle at every sink in the house and make sure we wash our hands frequently and teach our kids that is the best way to prevent the spread of germs.

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If you want to find any of these products for yourself, I found mine at my local Kroger store. The Dial is in the hand soap aisle and the Kleenex is located in the facial tissue area. The Tylenol and Theraflu products are found in the cold and flu/pain relief aisle near the pharmacy. The Breathe Right strips and Halls drops were located right next to each other in the same aisle.

Put all of your supplies in a designated area, so you can find them when you need them. If you don’t have a hall closet or bathroom cabinet where you can store supplies (out of the reach of kiddos, of course) then consider making a “sick basket” with all of your supplies and keep it somewhere you can find it all when needed.

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