School just started back up for many and, here in PA, it just started getting chilly. Every child that comes around our house to play seems to be coughing and have a runny nose. (And of course I cringe at the thought of my 9 month old and 3 year old catching anything…no one will sleep for a week and, ugh, the anxiety of having a sick child!) It got me thinking…why does this happen every year?
It was not hard to find a decent answer, thanks to Google. Apparently, when the weather gets cooler, cold and Flu viruses flourish. The air becomes more dry and our nasal passages are not as effective at trapping and expelling bacteria and viruses because of the lack of mucus.
So, best solution to preventing the Fall cold and Winter illnesses in general appears to be a humidifier! It keeps the air humid enough to support our body’s natural protection against illness.
On top of the Smartypants multivitamins we take on the daily, along with extra vitamin C, and probiotics, I added a humidifier to the bedroom and I’m crossing my fingers it will make a difference for us this season!