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Friday, December 26, 2008

It's The Sick Season.. Be Prepared with Vicks!

It's the flu season and were sure that sometime during the winter at least one person in your household will find themselves sick. It could be you, mom! So why not get prepared now with some great products from Vicks.

New* Vicks Germ Free Humidifier - kills 99.999% of bacteria

The new Vicks Germ Free Warm Mist Humidifier features a patented UV light chamber that kills up to 99.999% of bacteria, mold and spores in the water vapor that enters the air, offering more protection for families. Pediatricians recommend running a humidifier to help soothe cough symptoms and clear stuffed up noses, especially important for children whose smaller nostrils get stuffed up more easily.

Easier-to-Read Thermometers

Temperature taking can often be a daunting task for new parents who don’t have experience interpreting the meaning of their child’s temperature. Vicks digital Fever InSight Thermometers feature a large color-changing display to help parents know when fevers are getting better or worse at a glance. Taking accurate readings in as little as 8 seconds, the Vicks SpeedRead InSight Thermometer and Vicks ComfortFlex InSight Thermometer even feature a memory recall to help parents track the progression of their child’s fever.

Now Moms Can Trust Their Ear Thermometer

The Braun ThermoScan ExacTemp Ear Thermometer is the fastest and most accurate way to take an ear temperature measurement – even in the middle of the night with a sick, fidgety child. This advanced thermometer features patented ExacTemp technology, a heated tip and positioning guidance system used by pediatricians and hospitals worldwide. Proven more accurate than rectal and temple measurements, the Braun ThermoScan ExacTemp Ear Thermometer is the ideal choice for first-time parents.

Here are some safe, natural remedies for children of all ages if you're in search of alternative treatments given the FDA's advisory against use of cold and cough medicine in kids:

1. Capsules, Powders, & Potions Beware: Keep in mind that herbal
supplements should not be given to children. Vitamins should only be
given under the direction of the pediatrician. The FDA doesn't regulate
OTC supplements. Because young bodies process drugs differently, kids
may be especially vulnerable to side effects.

2. No Honey for Infants: Honey should not be given to children
under the age of one as it may contain bacterial spores that can cause
infant botulism, a rare and serious form of food poisoning. Infant
botulism affects a baby's nervous system and can result in death.

3. H2O & You, not Babies: Drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water
each day as it flushes out toxins and serves to rehydrate the body.
Keeping the body hydrated through water consumption is important so that
mucus membranes are also, in turn, hydrated and thus able to effectively
expelling virus particles. Babies under the age of one should not drink
water unless advised by a pediatrician.

4. Warm vs. Cool Mist Humidifiers: Humidifiers are a solution to
coughs and stuffed up noses as they hydrate mucus membranes, helping the
body expel germs more effectively. Look for bacteria-eliminating
features like in the Vicks GermFree Humidifier, which features a
patented UV light chamber that kills up to 99.999% of bacteria, mold and
spores in the water vapor that enters the air. For maximum safety in
the nursery, use a Vicks Cool Mist Humidifier.

5. Saline Drops vs. Spray: For nasal congestion in babies,
consider using nasal saline drops, which are gentler, and a bulb syringe
to help loosen and clear mucus. For older children, you can use a nasal
saline spray.

Read Our Mommies Thoughts:

Christine shared her thoughts on what it's like to be sick as a large family, and how Vicks can help!

Amanda & Kristin's thoughts will be up in January during their Baby Month feature!
Katja's thoughts are coming soon!


Anonymous said...

As a dad and a doctor, I find children’s cough and cold medications a very scary topic. I used believe the drug companies, and think that as long as my patient’s or I dosed the children’s cold & cough medications right, then everything would be OK. But when I researched this further, it turns out that children have died from “over dose” of ALL THE MAJOR CHILDRENS COLD AND COUGH MEDICINES even when given the correct dose.

The number of infant deaths attributed to cold and cough medicines is dramatically underreported. New research published in the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics demonstrated that there were at least “10 unexpected infant deaths that were associated with cold-medication” in 2006 alone in the state of Arizona. Extrapolated over the US and Canadian population, that would be over 500 deaths a year associated with cold-medication! (

The FDA recently said that they do not want to pull the medications for children under 6 because they are afraid that parents will give children adult doses because “parents would have no other alternatives.” The truth is that the American Academy of Pediatrics has said that buckwheat honey is a safe alternative.

Parents now have a safe, effective, yet natural choice for their children. Recent research from Penn State showed 100% pure Buckwheat Honey out performed children’s cough and cold medicine for children’s nighttime cough.

Buckwheat Honey is considered safe for children 1 and older, so it is the perfect choice for conscientious parents and doctors. Currently, “Honey Don’t Cough” is the only company packaging 100% pure Buckwheat Honey in ready-to-use packets for children. A growing number of pharmacies are providing “Honey don’t Cough,” it is available on To learn more you can visit Check out


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