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Last week one of my kids came down with a cold. In the summertime, yuck! Of course, I was caught completely off-guard (it’s summer!) I had no medicines to give him that would help with fever, sore throat, runny nose or coughing. Poor kid had to wait until the next day when I could get to the store and restock on the cold meds. I’m a big proponent of the “stock up and save” method and usually have what we need.

Fortunately all my kids have been pretty healthy for the last 6 months, so when this summer cold swept in, I was just ill-prepared. My kid’s medicine box contained one empty cold medicine box and infant drops (my youngest is almost 4!)

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Achoo! Tip #1 – Regularly check medications and review their expiration dates. Toss out old meds. I follow the FDA guidelines for disposing of old medications.

With three little ones in the house, I resolved that I need to stock up and make sure I have appropriate medications on hand and ready the next time we need them. Nobody should have to suffer with pain or discomfort through the night if they don’t have to. And a midnight visit to the 24-hour convenience store is going to cost you twice as much (if they even have the medication you need).

Achoo! Tip #2 – Before cold season swings back into full gear, take the time now to assess what you have on hand. Make a list of the usual needs to cover ailments (fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, etc) and buy them before you need them.

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Fortunately a few days ago I heard about Walgreens “stock up and save” event, where shoppers who spend $30 on Pfizer products will receive 10,000 Balance Rewards points! You save $5.00 off your next purchase for each 5000 Balance Rewards points earned, so do the math, this is a great deal! No reason to be caught with an empty medicine cabinet when you can stock up now and receive great savings.

My closest Walgreens is a quick 2 miles away so I can be in and out in a jiffy. Except that I love the Walgreens and usually spend more time than I should perusing the aisles (make-up, new headbands, shaving cream, candy!)

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I was able to grab a few more children’s medications to restock the pain relief box. And Emergen-C for the grown-ups, because naturally, I feel a sore throat coming on!

Achoo! Tip #3 – Consider all of other items you’ll need during cold & flu season and pick them up now. Things like tissues, menthol rub, saltine crackers and canned soup. I also picked up some Chapstick because colds and dry lips seem to go hand-in-hand.

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I prefer to plug in my phone number at check out rather than carry my Walgreens Balance Rewards card. I stocked up and you see my Balance Rewards points…yeah, over 10,000 just on this visit!

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Now I have no reason to run out and buy products when emergencies strike because my medicine cabinet is restocked with Pfizer products. I received 10,000 Balance Rewards points for spending $30 and so can you. How will you stock up for cold and flu season this year?




Don’t Let Motion Sickness Ruin Your Disney Day – Top Tips for Avoiding Nausea

Simulators, long drops, upside-down loops, spinning, bobbing on water, 3-D, bumps and jiggles. Does all that twirl make you…well, hurl? Any one of these motions (or all of the above) might make you dizzy or sick to your stomach. If you’re prone to motion sickness just the smallest movements might result in vertigo, migraine headache or vomiting. Certainly not what you want to experience on your magical day at Disney! As a longtime motion sickness sufferer I’ve come up with my list of top tips for avoiding motion sickness at Disney.

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Roller Coasters Make You Queasy? Check out these Top Tips to Avoid Motion Sickness at Disneyland

Attractions to Be Aware Of

Have issues with the following movements? Consider these rides & attractions:

Spinning you dizzy in a circle – Astro Orbitor, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Flik’s Flyers, Francis’ Ladybug Boogie, Golden Zephyr, King Arthur Carrousel, King Triton’s Carousel, Mad Tea Party, Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree, Silly Symphony Swings, Grizzly River Run

Hurky-jerky stops  – Autopia, Indiana Jones Adventure, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, Tuck & Roll’s Drive ‘Em Buggies

3-D glasses required – Star Tours, Toy Story Midway Mania, It’s Tough to Be a Bug!

Up and down, up and down – Jumpin’ Jellyfish, Soarin’ Over California

Tummy tickling drops & dips -Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, California Screamin’, Gadget’s Go Coaster, Goofy’s Sky School, Matterhorn Bobsleds, Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout!

Roller Coasters Make You Queasy? Check out these Top Tips to Avoid Motion Sickness at Disneyland

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Compensate with These Tricks

If you really want to ride, try all of these tricks to compensate and help to avoid that nauseated feeling.

  • Do not ride backwards if you can prevent it. Find a seat that faces forward on the Monorail and Mark Twain River Boat. Even the buses and trams coming to and from the parking lot have backwards and sideways facing seats, so always choose the option that faces forward.
  • Keep fresh air on your face. Though the Finding Nemo Subs have tiny fans in front of the windows, the still air, close-quarters and water-motion in this ride might make you lightheaded. Consider bringing in your own battery-operated fan to keep the cool air on your face.
Roller Coasters Make You Queasy? Check out these Top Tips to Avoid Motion Sickness at Disneyland

Inside the tiny confines of the Finding Nemo Submarines

  • Avoid reading. Put down the map or guide book! Reading while riding is a sure bet to bring on nausea. Keep your head up and look outwards.
  • Adjust your gaze and focus on the horizon. I find that if I’m looking at something inside the ride (like focusing on my son’s face on the carrousel, for example) then the blur of anything outside of the ride catches in my peripheral vision, making me dizzy. If I look outward when I’m riding on Dumbo, for instance, and focus on the Matterhorn in the distance then I’m less likely to feel nauseous.

Roller Coasters Make You Queasy? Check out these Top Tips to Avoid Motion Sickness at Disneyland


I like scopolamine (Transderm-Scop) which is a patch worn behind the ear. It slowly delivers medication over the course of three days. I’ve found it’s the only motion sickness medication that doesn’t make me drowsy and that fully works for my symptoms. The last time I used the patch was on my trip to Europe. I was able to travel by plane, bus, van and bicycle without any nausea and fully enjoyed my vacation!

Always “test” out medications before your trip to see how the dosage affects you. Keep caution that some medications can cause extreme drowsiness. The last time I took Dramamine was on a fishing trip. I was so sleepy that while my family was fishing, I was asleep on the bottom of the row boat!

Roller Coasters Make You Queasy? Check out these Top Tips to Avoid Motion Sickness at Disneyland

The Transderm-Scop patch lets me ride the coasters without nausea…yes!

Pressure Points

According to a study in Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine, those who performed acupressure on their wrists reported reduced motion sickness. Use your thumb to press your inner arm three finger widths (about two inches) down from your wrist crease. Hold for a few minutes, until symptoms subside. Some swear by SeaBands, which are wrist bands with small buttons that rest on pressure points on the wrist. I haven’t tried them to know for sure but it’s worth a try!

Watch What You Eat and Drink

Foods with strong odors, heavy, spicy, or fatty foods may worsen symptoms in some people. Unfortunately that is a large part of Park food so choose lighter fare when you can and considering bringing in your own snacks. If you’re an adult, you should also avoid alcohol.


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Talk Yourself Out of It

Positive self-talk has been shown to aid in preventing motion sickness symptoms. Repeat to yourself, “I will not get sick” or “I will feel fine on this ride”. Breathe deeply (without hyperventilating) and aim to relax. Take breaks as needed before or after high-movement rides to self-affirm.

Visit First Aid

Okay, so you tried it all and you still feel sick to your stomach? Visit First Aid inside the Parks and the nurses here can help.

Worried about motion sickness at Disney? Check out these top tips for avoiding nausea on your Disney vacation.

Here’s to a happy and healthy visit! What are your feel-good tips for avoiding nausea? Share below in the comments.