Au Pairs and winter colds.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) says that Americans catch one billion colds per year and as many as 20% of Americans get the flu. Moreover, 7 in 10 Americans use over-the-counter medicines to treat cold, cough and flu symptoms.

Many Au Pairs become sick when they are taking care of sick kids. I advise my Au-Pairs to get a flu shot at a local pharmacy before the flu season,  preferably in the fall. Aupair flushot

All Au Pairs have travel insurance that is designed for emergency situations. Using the Au Pair insurance for non-emergency situation,  may cost an Au Pair more than paying with cash.  Au Pair’s insurance covers just a part of the care which often depends on many factors.

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If you have cold symptoms, you can always ask a pharmacist for an advice. Pharmacists are trained experts in the use of medicines. The pharmacist can also recommend when you should see a physician or seek other medical care based on your symptoms.  Many Walgreens take care clinics and CVS minute clinics in Philadelphia open from Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm and on weekends from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, where everyone can get treatment without appointment and get the medication right away.

Aupair having flu

Always ask about the cost of the treatment  before scheduling an appointment. Some doctors offer discounts for patients without comprehensive insurance.  If you find that you need medical help constantly, you can upgrade your insurance policy anytime and I can help you with it. Read more about what Au Pair can do if illness strikes.Au-Pair Flu-Season

If you have a cold, you can care for yourself by using some traditional methods, drinking warm beverages like tea and hot apple cider, wrapped in a quilt or wearing a warm pajamas and socks after a steaming hot bath or shower, and getting rest.

Prevention off illness is always the best remedy.

Read about 7 tips to avoid a flu.

7 ways to avoid the flu for the Au Pairs

Many Au Pairs become sick every year. Here are some of my favorite tips for  flu prevention.

Get a flu shot. Go to Target, CVS, Walgreens, or your local health clinic to get a flu shot. One of the best first-lines of defense from flu is to have a flu shot, preferably in the fall.Au Pair flu shot

Wear warm clothes. I noticed that many Au Pairs who came from “warm” countries, don’t wear appropriate cold weather clothes and boots. Wearing warm coats and boots keep our immune system stay strong.

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Eat fruits and vegetables – A Berlin 2011 study reports that a dietary supplement from fruits and vegetables provided a “20% reduction of moderate or severe common cold symptom days.” Eat garlic and onions. Garlic is also known as Russian Penicillin. Eat orange, red and yellow bell peppers, slice them up and eat them as snacks all the time. They are loaded with vitamin C and other vitamins.

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Take Vitamins and supplements – Colds and flu strike harder in winter because limited sunlight deprives us of Vitamin D and other vitamins and supplements. Kids usually take vitamins, buy some vitamins and take them too. Vitamin D also can be found in fortified milk and orange juice, fatty fish, and other food products.Au pair fighting Flu

Drink a lot of water – drink, drink, drink. Keep your body hydrated with 8-10 glasses of H2O daily.  Water strengthens the immune system by transporting oxygen to cells, moving nutrients to our tissues and organs, and flushing out toxic impurities.Au-pair drinking-water

Wash your and kids hand and  don’t infect your face.  Wash your hands frequently, make sure the children you care for wash theirs, carry a bag of clean tissues and use a hand sanitizer.  Do this especially before and after cooking, school pickups, and visits to crowded places. Our eyes are the most susceptible at absorbing viral particles, shut your eyes and move quickly away if someone sneezes or coughs near you.  Don’t touch your face.

Au Pair Wash-Your-Hands

Walk and play in the sun. Walk , run or play with kids outside especially when bright sunshine glance through the winter. Solar radiation in sunshine delivers flu-and-cold-combating Vitamin A to our bodies and make as strong and feel happy.

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