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On the 20th Day of Blogmas: Cold Remedies

On the 20th Day of Blogmas: Cold Remedies

Sorry that this post has gone up late –  I’ve come down with a cold. Not what I needed in the last few days before Christmas. Urgh.

It all started with my son. He came home from school last Friday looking all snotty and bleary-eyed. Over the weekend he got progressively worse until, by Monday he was begging for a ‘pyjama day’. And so it began. The constant nose-wiping, face washing, and reminders to wash his hands!

Because Zac has Down syndrome, his motor skills are less adroit than those of his peers. Things like blowing his nose need a huge amount of co-ordination – which he finds difficult even when he’s in good health. Add to that the fact that he’s been even more cuddly than usual and I guess it was inevitable that I’d catch his germs!

Cold Comfort

There’s no known cure for the common cold, but there are a number of things you can do to make yourself more comfortable. This is especially important at this time of the year when life is led at full pelt! Here are a few of my favourites:

Keep taking the medication

I alternate Paracetamol and Ibuprofen every 4 hours. If I feel particularly grotty I’ll increase that to every 2 hours, but not for any prolonged time. I don’t really see the point of taking over the counter remedies like Lemsip. They’re expensive and do no more than good old paracetamol (which is about 30p in Tesco’s!).

Wrap up Warm

This particular virus that I have at the moment has given me a temperature…something I very rarely suffer from. Even so, it’s important to wrap up warmly in layers that you can add or remove depending on how you feel. Opt for something soft and snuggly if you can – you’ll feel so much better for it.

Stay Hydrated

Drink, drink, drink – even if you don’t feel like it! I like to sip peppermint tea when I’m feeling under the weather. I also like to melt a spoonful of honey into a mug of hot water and add a slice or two of lemon – it’s so soothing on the throat. Another favourite is hot blackcurrant squash. Adding a splash of rum or whisky will turn it into an easy hot toddy, which is comforting and delicious! One of these is enough, especially if you’re topped up on paracetamol. And please don’t drink if you’re planning to drive – it’s just not worth it.


When you’re feeling poorly, getting enough sleep is essential to get you back on the road to recovery. I’ve slept on the sofa for the past couple of nights because I don’t want to keep my lovely hubby awake with my coughing – and I certainly don’t want him ill over Christmas. It’s comfortable enough – especially piled high with pillows and blankets. I’ve been as snug as a bug in a rug, and feel much better for it.

Use Disposable Hankies

Use it and bin it. Cold germs can hang about, so don’t give them the chance to linger. Ditch the cotton hankies during this period and opt for a box of large, soft tissues. I like these balm ones from Tesco’s as they’re so gentle on the nose. The important thing is to dispose of them properly after use.


So that’s my little round up. Apologies again for this late post, but I’ve been feeling grotty. Stay well friends, but if you do succumb to the lurgy, I hope these tips help!



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