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how can i nip a cold in the bud when I cant take anything - really need to be well!

(15 Posts)
oggybags Fri 24-Dec-10 19:25:03

i have that horrible red throat feeling, and normally would pop a couple of lemsip max tablets, which at 6.5 months pregnant is not a option
how have you warded off illness when you know the signs but cant take anything - i am a bridesmaid 27/12 and also taking the wedding photos so neeeeeed to be ok.. this is also a 5 hr journey away!!!!!
thanks all in advance...

Tgger Fri 24-Dec-10 19:27:46

Drink lemon tea with teaspoon of honey in it. Really good stuff, as good as lemsip (almost smile). Rest, rest and rest.

Hope it doesn't get you!

RememberToPlaywiththeKids Fri 24-Dec-10 21:30:41

it's ok apparently to take vit c for a couple of days if you are on antenatal vitamins. if you're not ont hose, then take vit c for a few days (max dose).

manuka honey

hot honey and lemon with grated fresh ginger

Turmeric dissolved in water

lots of water

geewaf Fri 24-Dec-10 21:55:27

Steam inhalation - fill a bowl with boiling water and breathe in under a towel- it really clears the airways. Gargling with honey and lemon does the trick as well as tons of fluid and rest. Enjoy the wedding !

FestiveOrganisoid Fri 24-Dec-10 22:02:05

Those effervescent vitamin c tablets (1000mg) work really well for me, take them when I feel the beginnings of a cold and it rarely develops into a bad one. Think they are ok when pregnant, best to check though.

MsFC Fri 24-Dec-10 22:54:18

You can take low doses of paracetamol I thought, what's wrong with one lemsip max tablet instead of two?

cariboo Fri 24-Dec-10 22:58:14

I've discovered the best remedy... it almost always works and it's homeopathic. Called 'oscillococcinum' - why they decided on a completely unpronounceable name is beyond me but it's good stuff. HTH

teenyweenytadpole Fri 24-Dec-10 22:59:28

You need vitamin C and zinc lozenges which you dissolve in the mouth. Failing that, honey and lemon, paracetamol, and lots of sleeeeeepp....

dikkertjedap Fri 24-Dec-10 23:55:42

Paracetamol, steam, humidifier, chamomile tea, lemon and honey drink, sterimar nasal spray (is safe for babies as well), olbas oil on pillow and sprinkle on handkerchief.

There is little you can do to stop the cold but at least it may make it more bearable.

CardyMow Sat 25-Dec-10 00:16:52

Suggestion from my MW that helped me : 2 Soluble paracetamol tablets, dissolved in the tiniest bit of cold water. Add honey and lemon, and top up with hot water. Bingo, Lemsip minus the decongestant, which is the bit you can't have when pg. Worked for me when I had a stonking cold/chest infection a month ago at 7 months.


CardyMow Sat 25-Dec-10 00:17:33

Oh and Karvol on a hanky.

OnEdge Sat 25-Dec-10 00:22:23

Vicks first response

WanderingInAWinterWonderland Sat 25-Dec-10 00:31:11

What Loudlass said, plus I found that gargling salt water really helped when I had a cold/sore throat a couple of weeks ago. Dissolve the salt in hot water and gargle it but be careful not to swallow any! It doesn't taste nice at all but it does help!

I feel for you, it's really no fun not being able to take anything. I'd usually dose up on the Beechams cold and flu, it's always around Xmas too! I can't wait till next year when we can dose up on the hard stuff!

oggybags Mon 03-Jan-11 22:38:38

Thanks all worked a treat, fended off for big day, back again now but at least I'm armed with the lemons!!

PickleSarnie Tue 04-Jan-11 10:33:02

You can buy lemsip type stuff from boots that only has patacetemol and vit c. It's on their basics range in the red and white boxes.

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