Hi there, Keep_calm good to hear from you again. This question is one I have grappled with over the past 4 months or so (ever since I found out about my chest problems) and I have come to the following:
- Use Vicks First Defense Nasal spray. This is clinically proven to prevent a cold setting in (it does not contain any chemical drugs but functions by helping mucus production and entrapping viruses so they cannot take hold and multiply in nasal passages). It needs to be used as a preventative and early on. People use it before they go to "high risk" places such as planes, concerts, kindergartens and I suppose "grandchildren" as we all know young children can carry many bugs.... (I found out about this product from one of the members on here who has used it successfully and there are many good reviews on internet)
- Once I feel any cold coming on I work hard to shorten its duration by trying home remedies such as drinking garlic tea etc. I think I have recently prevented a cold going to my chest and turning into cough.
- Make sure you are not lacking vitamins and minerals that support the immune system. Maybe take Vit C before heading off to the visit and think about possibly taking zinc, garlic capsules and other immune system boosting supplements you fancy.
- Off course make sure you are well rested and not run down.
- Follow good personal hygiene by washing hands often and try not to touch face with hands unless they are freshly washed.
- Once we have a chest infection it is also very important to cough out the mucus as the mucus is a breeding ground for bugs. Steam inhaling with or without additives such as menthol can be very helpful in clearing an infection from chest as quickly as possible. So don't suppress the urge to cough (I have done that in the past and I think I have made situations worse) but cough up mucous continuously so it does not build up in lungs.
That's all I can think of at the moment. As others have said we don't want to live in a bubble so with some extra precautions to help with our chest sensitivity we hopefully will be fine. Enjoy your grandchildren and all the best to you for now.xxx