Sick Kid Survival Kit

The summer shorts and flip-flops are packed away, replaced by sweaters, boots, and unfortunately runny noses too. After three years of motherhood, Ive learned the transition into fall is essentially a switch for my kiddos’ noses. We feel so bad for our little angels when they are under the weather and want to do anything to help them feel better. After pulling through what feels like a billion colds with my girls, I have found some tried and true products that I always keep in our medicine cabinet.

1. The first must have cold survival product is a humidifier. Keeping moisture in the air is a great way to help your body stay healthy during a cold. According to the Mayo Clinic, “Humidifiers add moisture to the air, which may help ease coughing and congestion due to a cold.” Keeping a humidifier clean is a very important aspect that should be taken seriously to maximize health benefits with use.

2. Bigelow Perfect Peach Tea- I love this stuff myself sick or not. I add a touch of honey and my girls love the taste. Served warm it is soothing and it never hurts to keep drinking when sick.

3. Zarbee’s Soothing Chest Rub- I like this product because it uses natural ingredients, it smells good without being overwhelming, and it works! I rub a little on my girls chest before bed or through the day as necessary. Aromatherapy is a great way to keep airways open. I use it myself as well.

4. Zarbees Natural Cough Syrup- Honey is one of the main ingredients in this product which is a very effective way to soothe a sore throat or cough. I am all about natural products in general but in medicine I especially try to use as many natural combinations as possible. (within reason, I am thankful for modern medicine!)
5. Little Remedies Saline Spray- This product keeps with the theme of the humidifier. Moisture keeps everything working properly in our bodies. A few times a day spritzing the saline into the sick kiddos nose helps to move the mucous on out.
6. Children’s/ Infant Motrin (Speak to your doctor about dosage and when to switch from infant to children’s etc.)- Use sparingly! There is a time and place for all medicine but please just keep in mind little bodies have a whole lifetime of use ahead. Medicine must be processed by the body so overuse is not a good thing. We try to reserve the use of this for fevers or obvious discomfort. Having it on hand all the time isnt going to hurt even with seldom use.
7. Thermometer- It seems like any ole thermometer will do until you need accuracy to make a decision to go to urgent care. It is important to have a true reading when a fever is high. There are many good options out there, but I will say the cheaper ones I have tried have been fairly inconsistent. It is a good thing to invest in.


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