Surviving cold season + Blackmores giveaway!

I was starting to feel smug that cold season was in full swing and J had not had so much as a sniffle. The minute the thought crossed my mind I knew I was in big trouble! Illness of some kind would not be far off.

The universe seems to have a tricky way to ensure I never get too smug about any aspect of parenting. And in this case, a constantly running nose and a loud barking cough was dispatched J’s way post haste.

As is always the case when J gets sick, the worst hits on a Sunday night/Monday morning, just in time for the first of my two work days for the week.

By Sunday it was obvious he was not a happy camper and woke up several times that night. When morning came, the cough had parked itself well and truly on his chest, leaving his breath rattling between coughs.

Mr P and I were both exhausted and had to decide which of us were best placed to take the day off work. It was agreed that I’d go to work and the Mr would stay home and then if J was still sick Tuesday (which it turned out he was) that we’d swap around and I’d stay home.

That was last week and by week’s end the cough was coming off the chest and he was breathing better again. On this occasion we didn’t head to the doctor and treated him with the trifecta of steamy baths, euky bearub and humidifier in his room. But there were quite a few interrupted nights and hair-pulling to be had before the mucous started to clear and our happy little man returned.

I always feel a pang of panic when the boy is sick like this. I never know if I’m doing the right thing – whether I’m sending him back to daycare too soon (is a bit of a cough and a clear runny nose okay?), whether I really should have consulted a doctor or whether there is something else I should be trying.

I really haven’t entered into world of cough medicines as yet, but when I was approached to test out Blackmores new Cough Defence on the day I was home with a miserable J, I was VERY interested.

I always head towards a more natural product as a first port of call, and so far this winter the Blackmores Horseradish, Garlic + C tablets have helped me ward off any major lurgies with the Blackmores Cold & Flu Night & Day tabs pulled out on a couple of occasions when I’ve felt something greater take a hold. And so far, so good!

By the time the Cough Combat arrived, along with a pack of ImmunoDefence, the cough had thankfully dissipated and it wasn’t needed. But I must say I feel happy to have it in the house ready for next time the chesty cough comes to stay. And I’m currently dosing up on the ImmunoDefence with the hope of keeping well for the rest of the season.

So how has your family been surviving this cold and flu season? Feel free to share your survival tips!


Leave a comment and go in the draw to win one of two Night Owl Kits, consisting of Blackmores Cough Combat and ImmunoDefence, an ultra cute owl toy and a lovely pair of socks (just ready to be popped over Euky rubbed little feet), valued at $84 (RRP) each.

Entries close Wednesday August 10, 2011. Two winners will be drawn by random draw (thanks to and notified by email on Thursday August 11, 2011.

Get commenting and sharing, and good luck!


17 thoughts on “Surviving cold season + Blackmores giveaway!

  1. I have no tips, but thankfully we have been ok this winter, standard colds but nothing that has needed a trip to a doctor…first few months in a long time!

    Fingers crossed this continues!


  2. Hope I am not about to jinx myself but touch wood, we have been a “sick free” household to date ( am now sure to have set the sickness curse upon us by writing this!!) and I think it is due to the fact that we have had all the sicknesses under the sun in previous years and now the kids have built up their daycare immunity! I also think that taking multi vitamins, olive leaf extract, garlic and vitamin C has helped keep the sickness at bay.. let’s hope it stays that way 🙂


  3. * Lots of fresh fruit & veg, limit the processed foods/sugars, and as soon as I might feel a little under the weather, some echinacea tablets. In pretty much every meal I cook I load it up with garlic – way more than what the recipes might say. It’s a double win as you get extra flavour, and extra health protection!
    * Drink lots of water to keep the fluids going through the body, flushing out any nasties. * Getting as much sleep as possible, so the body is rested to be strong.
    * Also, dress for the weather – rug up in winter with lots of lovely scarves and funky leggings/stockings – no mini skirts for me when it’s 10degrees!! This has kept our household in good health so far!

    Also, call me controversial, but allowing a few germs in I think keeps your immunity strong. There are people I work with that are constantly using the air dry anti-bac hand wash, glen 20-ing their phones and freaking about about germs are the ones that are ALWAYS getting hideously sick. Aside form a bit of a sore throat today, and a very light head cold I had a week ago, I haven’t really been sick in a few years with a bad flu, and i just follow the basic wash your hands after the loo, before eating rules.


  4. what a great prize!
    i try to combat the dreaded colds by having my own cup at work – then you’re not using ones other sick people have.


  5. Lil has a habit of going to daycare one week, picking something up and needing the next week at home. I’m very lucky I have an understanding boss. I think that it’s just something you can’t avoid. Touch wood she avoids the gastrobug that is going around the region!


  6. In the Blackmores range I prefer the new Echinacea with Elderberry (Elderberry is the stuff in the Sambucol that is all over TV at the moment). The labelling says for kids from four but my naturopath gave me doses for my littly and it not only tastes ok, it works! My other fave product in Natural Health is the Fusion range- they have a cold tonic, a cough and lung formula and a fantastic immune booster called Astra 8. I always have them in the cupboard- the faster you get on to them, the better they work!


  7. I have a family of 6 and although we had a bad start to the year sickness wise, we are all now fighting fit and healthy. My tips would be to drink plenty of water, as it is a natural detox, eat lots of fruits and veggies, like oranges, garlic and ginger, to get your vitamins and strengthen your immunity. Always remember to wash your hands frequently throughout the day. As germs are transferred this way, more than any other way.


  8. This is a very timely giveaway. Everyone in my office sniffle and caught, they will love me if I can give them something to relieve!


  9. Always good to have some cold medecine at home, especially with the weather we’ve been having recently!


  10. We have a really bad winter season both kids have been sick 3 and 4 times each! I have used the vaporiser to help them breathe especially the 6 month old. I also have had to the nasal aspirator a fair bit.


  11. We’ve been ever so politely declining playdates with known cootie carriers. I have no intention of keeping my kids in a germ-free bubble, but I’m not letting a snot-monster lick them either!


  12. We have all just recovered from a bout of the flu. But feel fortunate that this year it was only the once ( touch wood ). We have definetly built up our immunity from all the exposure to the day care germs. Im a fan of olive leaf extract and plenty of rest when I see them getting tired and run down .


  13. to survive the cold this year we have got nice big wooly socks, and 2 little hot water bottles in our bed, our 2 boys Hayden and Harvey. They keep us nice and toasty warm.


  14. Sleep, sleep and more sleep!


  15. Definitely the blackmores liquid echinacea daily, I am sure my son and I would be much worse, we made it through so far with just sniffles and coughs when others around us were down and out! Add to this chewable vit c, executive B stress formula and multi vit, plenty of h2o of course, good food frequently and sleep! To good health!


  16. (I’m not sure if I’m posting this in the corcret place as I was unable to post it from the Dashboard.)The type of physician I would like to work with is a gerontologist. A gerontologist specializes in caring for the elderly. I have a fondness for our older population. They built out society and lived in a time that many of us can learn from. I would take great pride in caring for them as they age. In my opinion, working with a doctor that shares my passion and excitement would be the ideal work environment.The type of physician I would not be as excited to work with would be a proctologist. To be completely honest, I just don’t think I have what it takes to be in that environment. It’s important to be professional in any medical environment. I believe my sense of humor would not allow me to be as professional as I would need to be. I would also prefer not to work with ophthalmologist. Several years ago I spent a week with my grandfather at a specialist to have cataracts removed. I found it very difficult to watch the videos of my grandfather’s up coming procedures. It wasn’t difficult caring for my grandfather after surgery, but I must admit the pre-op was an experience that I would not want to assist in on a daily bases.


  17. Wow, I think you will be a great OB. It seems like you have a real love for children, failimes, and people in general. Sad to say that those qualities are rare traits in todays world. I believe not just anyone should be in just any job because you could be in a job that you hate and end up making everyone who comes in contact with you at work miserable. You have the joy and care to be great at your job and effect those you will be working around not only by your knowledge , but by your love for what you do.


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