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Though spring is just around the corner, Flu season is just at its peak.  How can you tell if it is a cold or just the Flu ?

Tips to prevent the Flu and other upper respiratory infections.

Good hand washing

Avoid touching the inside of your eyes, nose and mouth

Cough and sneeze into the crease of your arm or a tissue

Include a variety of fruits and vegetables in your diet

Avoid sugar and processed foods

Drink plenty of water

Get at least 8 hours of sleep

Incorporate exercise into your daily routine

Take precautions if you are traveling

Natural remedies to prevent the Flu and other upper respiratory infections.


Xlear or Neti Pot

Elderberry syrup

Umcka syrup

Vitamin C

Vitamin D

Epsom salt bath (for relaxation and a great detox)

Essential Oils (lavender, peppermint, thyme)

Foods that can help with healing.




bone broth

raw organic honey

pumpkin seeds (loaded with zinc)

If you do get the flu, remember that the body’s natural defense against infection is to raise the body temperature to kill the bad bugs. Fever is not a bad thing. Rest is what is most important to allow the body to heal. Reasons to follow up with your healthcare provider include, labored or difficulty breathing, lethargy, chest pain, decreased fluid intake and fever lasting more than 5 days.

About the author: Cindy Wechsler is an Integrative Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. She received her Masters of Science in Nursing degree from Yale University and has been treating children for over 30 years. She specializes in the natural treatment of common childhood conditions. Her compassion and understanding of the body’s innate ability to heal itself fuels her passion to bridge the gap between traditional and integrative medicine. Book an appointment with Cindy to for more individualized natural care of your child.

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