As mom, you need to keep yourself in the best health possible. Keep in mind the basics; wash your hands often, stay away from people who are sick or even think they may be, and always practice respiratory etiquette. I’m a firm believer in being proactive rather than reactive so I suggest taking vitamin C to boast your immune system even before you feel the onset of a cold. Drinking a glass of orange juice everyday is a great way to get your vitamin C ( check out http://nutritiondata.self.com for other fruits high in vitamin C). Taking echinacea (a natural herb) at the start of a cold can help boast your immune system and even help eliminate cold symptoms. I also encourage you to eat as healthy as possible incorporating lots of colorful fruits and vegetables into your diet. Getting enough rest allows your body to be at its best at all times. This is important ESPECIALLY if your nursing.
If you do get sick, the one benefit is that you pass along antibodies to your babies for that specific virus to help build their developing immune system. Remember your little ones are consuming whatever you eat and drink so make it count.
In the event that a cold arises, first thing to do is drink lots of fluids to keep your body hydrated. As always, speak with your physician or pharmacist to determine what medications they recommend, especially if your nursing as to not interfere with milk production or even more harm your babies. I was told to take Tylenol® for fever and Sudafed® for sinus pressure, sore throat and headaches. Gargling with warm salt water can also help a sore throat as well.
For a more natural approach I suggest taking ALJ® made by Natures Sunshine (www.naturessunshine.com) which provides respiratory support. I have taken this herb and it works WONDERS! Even more than actual medication at times. Lastly, rest as much as possible. This is the time to enlist the help of others so that you can try and rest. Allow your body to work and fight the cold off so that you can get back to being Supermom.
Though getting a cold sucks, its even worse when you have little people to take care of. Wash your hands consistently to avoid spreading your cold to your little ones. As cute as their little cheeks are, resist the temptations to kiss them until your cold has passed. The one benefit of being a nursing mom and catching a cold is that you pass along the antibodies of that particular cold virus which boosts their little immune system.