Vicks Tricks Campaign

This cold and flu season I am on high alert for the first signs of a sniffle or a cough with my two little ones. I not only want to get them feeling better and back to their playful selves quicker but in Mabel’s case, I don’t want the cold getting to her chest. (Mabel has been in hospital 4 times in 6 months due to breathing difficulties that started off as a normal cold)

When the girls do catch colds it generally is at the same time, so how do we cope and soothe them both?

Vicks have done some consumer research which looks at British parents most common home remedies.

– Over half (52%) of parents said that rest was the most important thing for making children feel better
– This was followed by ‘medicine’ which 40% of parents rely on
– More than a third of parents (36%) believe in the power of TLC

And when it comes to keeping children entertained:
– Three out of four (75%) British parents put on the TV or a DVD
– Over a quarter (27%) read to their children
– 1 in 10 parents get really creative; either telling jokes (8%) or even do magic tricks (2%)

As part of the #VicksTricks #Ad campaign with Britmums, we were sent a lovely package that included:

Vicks First Defence (not to be used on under 12’s),
The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep Book,
Finger puppets,
USB stick with videos of Magic Tricks.

Our #VicksTricks to try and soothe the girls when they are feeling bad with colds are:

1. Vicks Vapor Rub applied to the chest and back before bedtime, helps relieve the congestion to allow them to sleep through the night because this is the time they feel at their worst.

2.  During the day I make sure the girls are comfy with lots of duvets and pillows downstairs so we can all curl up whilst watching some of their favourite TV shows.

3. When it comes to bedtime I read them a book so they can settle down ready to go to sleep. Soothing them this way makes it a calm transition and usually they end up falling asleep within 5 minutes.

4. Making the girls laugh when they feel awful is a massive achievement. For a split moment, it feels as if they have forgotten that they are ill.

5. A trick I use for Mabel and to be fair myself when I feel under the weather is a warm squash with a little bit of honey in it. It tastes nice and it warms the body so you feel slightly better.

What are your tips and tricks to get your little ones bouncing back from a cold?

*This post is an entry for the #VicksTrick campaign.*
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