Monday, 16 December 2013

The real impact of children’s colds and a Giveaway



If you have winter colds especially if your children do, read on for what it does to family relationships, then soothe your own nerves with a lovely giveaway from Olbas and Jakemans.

I'm still plagued with my big childrens colds, I think that Mummy ear never quite goes. I am a light sleeper and if Paige or Conor (often as twins its both together) have colds I tend to wake, I sleep fitfully as they do, bunged up and feeling poorly.

The survey below shows the effect of colds on family's and the grumpy factor is one I can see shining through. Lack of sleep makes for overtired people and nerves are way shorter. I have to praise Chris, he sleeps like a log and a hurricane could pass his ear and he mayy not stir, but one word from me and he would and will get up and help out!



Bedtime barometer – the real impact of children’s colds

  • Two thirds of mums kept awake by their children’s colds
  • Dads revealed as sleep martyrs and late-night drivers
  • Half of parents argue because of their children’s colds
The true cost of children’s colds on parents has been revealed – with mums bearing the brunt of the resulting sleep deprivation and dads literally driving round the bend.
Parents lose almost 150 minutes (two-and a-half-hours) of sleep a night for three nights running on average when their children have a simple snuffle, with mums more than twice as likely to have a disturbed night, according to a survey of 2,000 UK parents for infant decongestant Olbas for Children.
But in the tussle for who gets a good night’s kip the male/female splits reveal dads believe their sleep is significantly more affected than mums give them credit for (37% v 22%). Yet five times more men than women (10% v 2%) claimed that no-one in the house suffered a disturbed night’s sleep as a result of their children’s cold.  
Overall, 67% of parents said it is mum who is kept awake worrying about or dealing with the sniffs and snuffles. The knock-on effect results in 40% of parents taking two or more days off work each year due to basic tiredness while 42% of those surveyed admitted that a disturbed night’s sleep due to their children’s colds caused them to argue with their partner.
Olbas for Children’s spokesperson Hilary Lynn said: “Children have small air passages so even a minor blockage when suffering from a cold can affect their breathing pattern and ultimately disrupt not just their sleep, but their parents.”
“As every parent knows, sleep is already in short supply so anything that helps your child sleep soundly can help everyone get a better night’s sleep, leaving parents able to enjoy the daytime rather than having to miss out on playtime with their children or social and work events due to tiredness.”
Children are more susceptible to colds than adults and can suffer up to 10 a year. On average a child’s cold lasts for three days and three broken nights according to the survey with one in 10 households finding that everyone in the home is affected and the average adult losing two-and-a-half hours sleep a night.
For children aged three months to three years, 38% of parents use a mild decongestant such as Olbas for Children to restore peaceful nights, rising to 42% for children aged three to seven years old, according to the survey.
But many said they resort to other, more time-consuming, tactics – with dads in particular taking a hands-on approach. More than a third (35%) of men reported walking around the house rocking their child while one in five (20%) took them on a drive to try and get them to sleep.
Mums are nearly twice as likely to bring children under three into the parents’ bed than dads (30% v 17%) and are more likely to read their poorly child a story (34% v 28%) but mums and dads are on the same hymn sheet when it came to singing with 15% of both men and women resorting to song to soothe their little loved one.
According to The Sleep Council, just one hour less of sleep a night can cause considerable memory and concentration problems in young babies and children, as well as slowing down the recovery process from a cold or flu.  And sleep also plays a crucial role for the rest of the family, in keeping common colds and flu at bay.
Olbas for Children’s Bedtime Barometer Survey – Results Breakdown*
*Participants in the survey were shown a list to select all the answers that applied to them (rather than picking one option exclusively).
Top five effects on parents of disturbed sleep as a result of their children’s colds:
  1. Argue with partner 42%
  2. Too tired to complete housework 36%
  3. Succumb to illness 28%
  4. Too tired to see friends 26%
  5. Exercise falls by the wayside 21%
Top five techniques used to help relieve colds of children (3 months to 3 years)
  1. Use a mild decongestant 38%
  2. Walk around the house rocking them 32%
  3. Create a steamy environment to help inhalation 29%
  4. Read them a story 26%
  5. Let them sleep in your bed 26%
Top five techniques used to help relieve colds of children (3 – 7 years)
  1. Use a mild decongestant 42%
  2. Read them a story 32%
  3. Let them sleep in your bed 30%
  4. Create a steamy environment to help inhalation 26%
  5. Lie down with them in their bed 25%
When your child has a cold, who is likely to be kept awake?


Overall perception
Mum’s perception
Dad’s perception
The child suffering from the cold
54%
59%
43%
The mum
67%
75%
54%
The dad
27%
22%
37%
Other children in the family
9%
9%
9%
The whole household
10%
10%
11%
None of the above
5%
2%
10%

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62 comments:

  1. Wrap up warm and get plenty fruit and veg!

    ASheigh

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  2. drink lots of water, keep warm and wash hands thoroughly
    (kim neville)

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  3. My son has a bad cough and cold at the moment,and don't we all know it!

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  4. My son won't eat veg but I think they are so good for him so what I do is when I boil veg I use the water from that to make him a hot chocolate, a little naughty and a lot of goodness from the veg water and he is none the wiser.

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  5. a dab of vicks under you nose when you go to bed

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  6. a glass of pure orange every morning

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  7. use Olbas oil in bowls of warm water in rooms when everyone is snuffly (out of reach of course ;) )

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  8. Both my kids have got terrible coughs at the moment,poor babies!

    kirstyjfox [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  9. I find whisky and lemon helps!

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  10. sleep!! lots of sleep and a warm bath helps with the congestion xx

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  11. Vicks on the soles of the feet seems to work in my hiuse

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  12. I tend to get one cold a year. I've got one at the moment. so let's hope I've got my annual cold out of the way earlier this year!

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  13. I havent had a cold for a while but when i get it-its pretty bad :(

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  14. I think my son might be developing a cold, not good as I'm pregnant and about to pop!

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  15. I don't often get colds, the kids seem to have them all the time

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  16. I don't usually get many colds, but my granddaughters, who seem to get every cold going, are very generous, and love sharing them with me.

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  17. I rarely got colds until my son started nursery, now I seen to have one permanently....although he doesn't!

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  18. wrap a warm scarf around your neck with a little olbas oil on

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  19. Hannah Lawrence (Lewenstein)13 January 2014 12:09

    When I get cold I get man flu! Worst evers!

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  20. Drink loads of honey and lemon with a little sprinkle of sugar.

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  21. as soon as you feel acold coming on eat a raw onion and it will go

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  22. lots of fruit & veg for the family to keep them away!

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  23. Suck on a fisherman's friend at night and eat lots of vegetables and fruit x

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  24. I hate it when my husband gets a cold because he snores the house down!

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  25. My husband always says he has a cold worse than any one else does although the symptoms are the same

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  26. Good old smelling salts are fabulous for blocked noses and sinuses :)

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  27. Nothing worse than a blocked nose in bed, you turn one way and one side is blocked then turn the other and that side is blocked!

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  28. Make sure you get some fresh air, sounds daft but helps get rid of coughs and colds.

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  29. i hate winter months as they can only mean one thing! runny noses, i hate having a cold

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  30. Always end up with the dreaded man flu, please help ha ha

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  31. mix a teaspoon of honey with a drop of dilute juce, boiling water and enough pure orange juice to make the drink nice and warm but not too hot for little ones to drink.

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  32. Really soft tissues help to avoid the Rudolph red nose look! :) Try ones with added balm to really soothe.

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  33. My 2 year old daughter always has a shocking cough and we just can't get rid of it,it makes sleeping a nightmare!

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  34. i try to drink lots of hot lemon and honey

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  35. Rub Vicks on the soles of your feet to ease a night cough.

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  36. My top tip is tomato tea! 500ml tomato juice, 2 crushed garlic cloves, juice of half a lemon and as much hot sauce as you can manage. Heat it all up till boiling, pour into a mug and make sure you inhale the steam as well as drinking. Works a treat!

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  37. I found I've had so many more colds since I've had my children, I never used to get them. My daughter bless her a cold at least once a month in her first year (or it certainly felt like it).

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  38. Stay away from chocolate and cake when your feeling down, a nice vegetable soup will make you feel about better and is much healthier. x

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  39. lemsip!! the easy breathe menthol ones the best, i swear by i. the second i feel a cold coming on i start drinking it every 4 hours and usually the cold isnt 'that bad' lol

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  40. Maria Jane Knight14 January 2014 19:56

    Avoid chocolate if you have a sore throat, drink plenty of fluids and sleep as much as your family will let you.

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  41. I have a constant cold.. PLEASE SAVE ME!

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  42. Hot toddy and snuggle into bed

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  43. I'm quite lucky and my boy has very few colds. He was breast fed and I think it's helped!

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  44. So gald to say I haven't yet had a cold or flu this winter!

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  45. I've only had the flu jab twice and both those years I got flu!

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  46. To help with the little ones use vicks on the feet and have them in the bathroom with the shower on to steam the cold out.

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  47. My best tip for adults (learnt the hard way) is if you're ill and work just miss that day off work (unless you absolutely cannot) ... struggling at work while ill seems to prolong the illness.

    And for everyone just the basic things get as many fluids as possible- I make a honey and lemon drink by mixing warm water with lemon squash, adding a bit of lemon juice and mixing in a teaspoon or honey, works a treat soothing sore throats, helps get fluids in and is incredibly tasty.

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  48. Feeling bogged down with a cold now :( I hate the feeling of having no energy.

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  49. to prevent those coughs keeping littleones up all night rub some vapour rub on the sole of the feet and place some socks on. that cough shouldnt keep anyone up allllll night

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  50. Make your own version of Lemsip without all the chemicals by simmering thickly sliced lemons in water and a bit of sugar for an hour. It lasts for at least four days too!

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  51. buy some menthol granuals from the pharmacist and put a bit into the bath water to help at bedtime

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  52. a hot toddy and a hot water bottle usually saves me :)

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  53. When my daughter was a toddler, whenever anyone was near her with a tissue, she would expel all the gunk and snot from her nose and wait to be cleaned - urgghhh! I could never work out whether that was better than her older sister who sniffed constantly with colds :)

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  54. a glass of pure orange every morning

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  55. A good amount of vitamin C, go easy on the sugar and carbs and drink plenty of water - goes a long way to help :-)

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  56. Vapour rub on the soles of your feet is great for a troublesome cough

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