A new survey of approximately 750 Canadians was conducted by the makers of Honeywell Air Purifiers and Vicks Humidifiers & Thermometers. Below are some of the interesting findings:
o Nearly half (43%) of Canadians suffer from airborne allergies, and in almost a quarter (22%) of homes at least two people are allergy-sufferers.
o The majority of Canadians (69%) estimate that having a sick child costs over C$20 a day, and 18% estimate that it costs over C$100!
We have a few allergy sufferers in my home, so we definitely fall into that demographic. Working from home helps us financially when a child is sick, but we still have the added expense of medications and trips to the doctor. Dr. Dave Greenberg shared his cold and flu season tips below.
o Flu Facts – When homes are kept at the optimal 40-60 percent relative indoor humidity level, flu virus survival in the air can be dramatically decreased – by up to 30%. Homes with radiant heat see a bigger decrease in flu virus survival when using a humidifier compared to homes with forced air heat.
o Time to Recover – They might be running around the house, feeling healthy but it’s important to keep kids home from school, play dates, and after school activities for at least 24 hours after their fever breaks.
o Prevent & Protect – Many people say the best way protect yourself and your family from the flu is with the vaccine. It takes about two weeks for your body to develop protective antibodies, so the sooner you get vaccinated the better.
Two products that can help parents care for sick children are the Braun ThermoScan 5 Ear Thermometer and the Starry Night Cool Moisture Humidifier.
The Braun ThermoScan Ear Thermometer features advanced patented technology, such as its pre-warmed tip and positioning guidance system, that ensures accuracy every time. Ear thermometer measurements are preferred by pediatricians because they are fast, accurate, easy-to-use and hygienic. Braun is the # 1 recommended brand of thermometers by Canadian pharmacists.
I have always used ear thermometers with my kids. They are easy to use and give you fast results. This thermometer is ideal because because the tip is pre-warmed with gives a more accurate temperature, and it’s flexible so it is gentle on your child’s ear. Thankfully none of my children had fevers while I was testing this, but it provided consistent results each time it was used.
The ThermoScan Thermometer is available at major retailers, drug chains and baby stores nationwide. MSRP $79.99
The Starry Night Cool Moisture Humidifier will keep the air at the optimal humidity, and it’s fun for kids too.
Now, tots can fall fast asleep beneath a vast sky filled with glowing stars. The new Vicks Starry Night Humidifier releases cool moisture into the air, providing temporary relief from dry air discomforts.
A cool mist humidifier helps keep air at a comfortable humidity to help relieve nasal and chest congestion. Available at London Drugs, Wal-Mart, Loblaw, Toys R Us, Target & Rexall. SRP of $59.99
The air has been so dry this winter that my children have had coughs and nose bleeds and we all have dry and itchy skin. This humidifier has helped relieve some of those symptoms making it a little easier to handle the winter. The kids love the lights and how they create a night sky on their ceiling.
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One of my lucky readers will win a Starry Night Humidifier and a ThermoScan Thermometer.