The Flu

If you happen to catch the flu it will usually last around a week. If you catch it make sure you keep hydrated, rest and keep warm. Take Paracetamol to reduce your temperature and Ibuprofen to relieve any aches. Stay home if you can, so as not to worsen your...

How to avoid a cold

The most common advice is the most tried and tested. To avoid catching a cold, make sure you wash your hands frequently (wash them for at least 20 seconds, with soap). Get plenty of exercise. Eat healthily and seasonally. Keep your body well rested. Image by Best Wishes

Healing Soup

‘Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.’Soups and broths are great when you’re feeling poorly. They’re easy to eat and are a source of vitamins, minerals, calories and proteins. They’re helpful at providing fluids and electrolytes as well as giving off steam which can help clear relieve...


  Baby got a cold? Ease congestion by propping up the head of the bed or mattress with a few books or a rolled up towel – it will help drain stuffy nasal passages. Art: Sir Quentin Blake



Your greatest ally in flu season is a bar of soap. Germs can live on surfaces (door handles, phones) for two hours or more, so regular hand washing (at least 20 seconds, and not missing your fingertips) is the best protection. Image: Tobias Weber

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