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Keep cold and flu viruses at bay with the new Vicks® SweetDreams Cool Mist Humidifier

Winter can often mean a time when the whole family is struck down with common colds or flu-like symptoms, especially little ones who on average suffer from 7-10 colds a year.

To help keep the germs at bay, the new Vicks SweetDreams Cool Mist Humidifier not only helps to relieve your child’s cough and congestion when a cold strikes, but also helps to reduce the survival of the influenza virus.

Use the Vicks SweetDreams Cool Mist Humidifier to limit the spread of the Influenza virus

Using a humidifier during the winter months can limit the spread of the cold and flu viruses in the air and on surfaces. This is because the viruses thrive when moisture levels are low and during the winter months, indoor humidity levels can drop as low as 10%. However, by using a humidifier to maintain moisture levels of between 40-60%, you can limit the survival of influenza viruses both in the air and on surfaces, helping to avoid viruses being spread between family members.

Maintaining moisture levels at 40-60% can also bring comfort and relief to your little one when they are suffering from a cough and/or congestion. Dr. Sarah Brewer explains how: “Adding moisture to the air when it is too dry by using a humidifier can help to soothe your little one’s chesty cough or blocked, stuffy nose. Having the correct moisture levels helps to maintain the correct consistency of nasal mucus, helping to soothe and unblock congested air passages. It also damps down an unproductive, tickly cough due to dry irritation, but if a cough is productive, the correct level of humidity makes it easier to clear mucus from the air passages to reduce congestion.”

Other things you can do to protect your family from the Influenza virus:

Wash yours and your little one’s hands with soap: Cold and flu viruses can be passed through tiny droplets of mucus that are sneezed or coughed onto a person’s hands. If an infected person sneezes into their hand, and then touches an object (such as a doorknob, or railing), the virus can pass from the object to the next person who touches it

Avoid touching noses and eyes: Cold and flu viruses can enter yours or your child’s body through the eyes and nose. If you have any infected droplets on your hands, and you touch your eyes or nose, you can pass the virus into your system

Make sure you and your family eats healthy, nutritious food: A healthy diet can strengthen your immune system and help to protect your family from the cold and flu virus. Fruits, vegetables, low-fat proteins, and complex carbohydrates are the keys to good nutrition

Sleep, sleep, sleep!: Making sure your family gets enough sleep is essential for a healthy immune function and for fighting off those nasty viruses. What’s more, the SweetDreams Cool Mist Humidifier not only helps to prevent and relieve the symptoms of cold and flu, but also features an image projection system to help your little one drift off to sleep

The Vicks SweetDreams Cool Mist Humidifier features ultrasonic technology, which produces an ultra-fine visible mist that is able to land further down the respiratory tract than non-ultrasonic humidifiers, bringing extra relief to your child. Ultrasonic technology is also very quiet when in use, so it won’t stop your child from drifting off to sleep and you can be assured it won’t wake them up either. The cool mist released from the humidifier means it is safe to use around children, as there are no risks of burns.

Should your little one need an extra helping hand in fighting off their cold, the Vicks SweetDreams humidifier works with the Vicks VapoPads® scented pads. Up to two pads can be used simultaneously to provide additional scented vapors for better breathing and a good nights sleep. Available in menthol or rosemary & lavender, each pad provides up to eight hours of soothing vapors. Each humidifier comes with one free VapoPads.

The rosemary & lavender is suitable for younger babies, and can be used from +3 months or 4.5kg in weight, while menthol is suitable for toddlers from three years and above.

More than just a humidifier…

Featuring an in-built projection system, the Vicks SweetDreams Cool Mist Humidifier also acts as an entertainment unit, which can be used independently of the humidifier. You can select one of three Dream Themes – Safari, Sea and Starry Night, with each theme featuring three images that automatically rotate to soothe and calm little ones as they drift off to sleep – perfect for bringing calm to a bedtime routine.

RRP: £69.99

Available from Amazon and Argos Online

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