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What makes you feel better when you’re down with a winter bug? Tell Nurofen for Children for a chance to win a £250 Love2Shop voucher! NOW CLOSED

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MichelleMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 10-Nov-14 15:38:08

Nurofen for Children have asked us to find out what makes Mumsnetters and their DCs feel better when they’re feeling under the weather during the winter months.

Here’s what Nurofen says, “Both adults and children may experience a sniffle or two this winter, but the whole family wants to feel their best to make the most of the festive season. From Halloween to Christmas, there are plenty of family occasions to enjoy during the colder months and being holed up in the house is no fun for anybody. If you or your children are struck down with cold or flu, Nurofen offers a range of products to help manage both adult and child symptoms including fever, sore throats, headaches and minor body aches.”

So, what do you do to help yourself and your DCs feel better when you are (both) down with a winter bug? Do you tuck yourself under multiple covers on the couch and put on a marathon of your favourite TV show? Perhaps you have a special recipe which you reserve for when you’re feeling under the weather which you find keeps you going? Or maybe a hot bath does the trick for you and your DC? Whatever it is, we’d love to hear it.

Everyone who leaves their comments below will be entered into a prize draw to win a £250 Love2Shop voucher.

Thanks and good luck,


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•To enter the competition simply post a comment below telling us what makes you feel better when you’re down with a winter bug
•Competition closes on Monday 24 November 2014
•Entries posted after the closing date will not be considered
•One winner will be chosen from all entries
•Mumsnet will choose the winner at random after the closing date
•Mumsnet will contact the winner privately to organise delivery of the prize
•The prize is £250 Love2Shop vouchers
•Full T&Cs can be found here

EI: Nurofen for Children 3 months to 9 years Orange / Strawberry. Nurofen for Children Orange / Strawberry 3 months to 12 years. Contains Ibuprofen. For relief of fever. Always read the label.
EI: Nurofen Cold & Flu Relief. Contains 200mg ibuprofen and 5mg phenylephrine. For relief of pain, fever, sore throats, headaches and minor body aches. Always read the label.

WowOoo Mon 10-Nov-14 16:30:47

I always have some chicken soup in the freezer. It makes me feel better because it's what my mum used to give me. The kids love it too.

I've just had a sore throat and have been drinking lots and lots of honey. lemon and hot water. Lovely!

Most of all I like to snuggle on the sofa and watch TV with a fleecy blanket. Which is what I did last week!

AllSorted Mon 10-Nov-14 17:21:52

Hot Ribena

JuniperTisane Mon 10-Nov-14 17:22:31

What makes me feel a bit less rubbish? When DH takes the children out for the day and I have a respite from being jumped on.

ShatnersBassoon Mon 10-Nov-14 17:25:15

Hot bath and fresh pyjamas. I often struggle to get myself motivated to do it, and having to strip off is always unpleasant when I'm not well, but I always feel so much better for freshening up.

BornToFolk Mon 10-Nov-14 17:25:33

Camomile tea with lemon juice and honey. Lots of it. You can add a dissolving aspirin (or a glug of brandy!) to make an adult version but the basic one is child-friendly, especially if you use a camomile and honey flavoured tea bag for extra sweetness.

Sorehead Mon 10-Nov-14 17:31:51

Heating goes on (if not already), hot water bottle and the duvet comes downstairs. I then wail pathetically and hope my husband takes pity on me and waits on me hand and foot!

theHowlatWooooooCorner Mon 10-Nov-14 17:37:57

Warm ribena or apple juice.
Duvet on the couch.
Lots and lots of sleep.

montiefletcher Mon 10-Nov-14 17:39:14

Sipping lemsip in front of my roaring real fire, under the duvet with my pj's on

TiredNow Mon 10-Nov-14 17:40:50

Bath and clean pjs
Lots of fluids
Whatever food you fancy/ can stomach usually soup tbh
Nice tissues if you're snotty
Vicks on feet if coughing, Olbas oil if congested
Lots of rest/sleep
Whatever drugs you can take regularly!

sharond101 Mon 10-Nov-14 18:00:29

Keeping very warm and lots of tea with a weepy movie does it for me then as soon as I feel up to it a brisk walk on a cold day helps bring me back to life.

JulesJules Mon 10-Nov-14 18:02:43

Wrap up in fleecy dressing gown and fluffy socks
Snuggle up on the couch with hot lemon and tissues
Homemade soup
Watch undemanding tv
Lots of rest and an early night

RabbitIssue Mon 10-Nov-14 18:06:42

For me: bath, clean pyjamas and a TV marathon tucked up in bed with cold and flu tablets and a hot water bottle

For dc: lots of cuddles, favourite programs on TV, ice cream and a snuffly blanket!

Glitterfairys Mon 10-Nov-14 18:10:21

To make my boys feel better it's normally a hot shower and straight into warmed pjs . Onto the settee with a big fleecy blanket, lots of cushions and favourite cuddly toy . I make them a hot chocolate and we watch favourite films or read books together. I think the resting and just taking it easy is the main thing.

SuperFlyHigh Mon 10-Nov-14 18:21:57

honey and lemon (fresh) hot drink. being inside and not trudging to work especially when cold. Snuggled up in fresh nightwear with cat!

Patilla Mon 10-Nov-14 18:25:11

Warm squash, nice tissues and a cuddly blanket.

I adopted the "snuggle-it-out" approach.

billybear Mon 10-Nov-14 18:31:26

forget house work.keep warm, hot drinks , rest, in front of tv and feel sorry for myself, know that I will get better soon

DurhamDurham Mon 10-Nov-14 18:42:31

When I'm not well I need a warm, calm, quiet environment. I hate staying in bed but make the sofa comfortable with a throw and always have a book and warm squash to hand. A box of posh tissues also help me to feel better.

I love a long hot bath but hate getting out at the end because when you are unwell it seems like such a lot of effort to get dried and dressed again!

I eat soups, especially my husband's homemade French onion soup with grated cheese sprinkled on top. I also like to set chocolate and biscuits, it's the only time I can set them without feeling guilty.

I'm lucky in that I don't get unwell very often ( touch wood ) but when I do I think that it's important to look after myself well so that I can bounce back quickly.

LittleBallOfFur Mon 10-Nov-14 18:45:33

My DH or parents stepping to help look after DC so that I can cosy up in bed with ipad (iplayer, 4od, mumsnet etc) and rest. Hot lemon, honey and ginger to drink. Soup.

ThatDamnedBitch Mon 10-Nov-14 18:51:43

For me, sleep usually, as much as possible. So if I can I'll go to bed for a few hours leaving DH to deal with the kids.

For the kids, keeping them topped up with medicine, duvet wrapped around them on the couch and for dd1 a Doctor Who marathon, for dd2 a Lego Ninjago marathon.

ouryve Mon 10-Nov-14 18:54:31

I find that lots and lots of warm drinks help to keep the chills away and keep the sniffles to a minimum.

Nothing in the world, ever, can make DS1 feel better. Never. Not ever.

TooManyCuddlies Mon 10-Nov-14 18:55:01

Nice hot bath, clean pyjamas and fresh sheets. A hot water bottle.
And a mug of hot honey and lemon on the bedside cabinet.

QuietNinjaTardis Mon 10-Nov-14 19:11:43

I can snuggle up and watch tele guilt free because I'm ill. That makes me feel better. That or a good sleep. When I was a kid my mum always have me tomato soup if I want well.
Ds is hardly ever ill but cuddles and rest work well on him.
Dd is too little to tell me but I expect some medicine and cuddles work well on her too.

Dolallytats Mon 10-Nov-14 19:13:06

A hot bubble bath followed by a duvet on the sofa and a DVD (Billy Elliot is my favourite feelgood film, but can't watch it if the children are up!). I also want cups of tea on demand made by someone else!!

And nice soft tissues!! No blowing my nose on kitchen roll-that hurts after a while!!

gazzalw Mon 10-Nov-14 19:21:51

Being tucked up in bed with a hot water bottle, the remote control and a constant supply of honey and lemon :-)

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