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It never fails. Every year, somewhere nestled between our last Christmas carol of the season and the heart-filled lovey dovey holiday, a germ cloud seems to descend upon our house. We try to do every little thing we can think of to ward off these unwelcome germs, but they find their way into our lives nonetheless. We’re big on hand washing, not sharing cups, and flu shots… yet despite the best protective measures, we all still seem to fall prey to illness.
This year has been no exception. I am actually typing this thanks to the Robitussin I took a little while ago. The kids have been sick on and off since Christmas – Landon being a double winner with strep throat in December and an ear infection in January. Bob was cut down with a sinus and upper respiratory infection last week and is still not back to 100%. Lily has had a bad cough on and off and I am now down with probably whatever Bob is working through. Yuck, yuck and YUCK!
While sometimes sickness seems to be unavoidable, there certainly ARE some things you can have on hand that will truly help ease the downtime.
I try to keep these things, a survival kit if you will, on hand at all times. We always have medicine stocked in all varieties – both kid and adult versions. I also always try to keep a new movie hidden away for those unexpected sick days. They tend to be the only way I can get sick kids who NEED their rest to chill out on the couch for a couple of hours.
My sick day survival kit includes:
A new movie – In this case, The Peanuts Movie from 20th Century Fox. Lily and I saw this one in the theater last year and absolutely LOVED it! It’s so cute and funny – one of those movies that kids and adults can both enjoy. I am keeping it on hand for our next kid sick day because it will both cheer up whoever is sick AND keep him or her entertained while resting.
Thermometer – I hate scrambling for supplies, including a thermometer. I always keep one nearby for those fever checks.
Medicine – I always have a fever reducer and a cough suppressant on hand. I actually usually have two sets of these medications – one stays at home, the other stays in our travel bags.
Some of our go-to medicine choices for the kiddos include these Pfizer Pediatric products:
Children’s Advil® – Great for easing aches and pains while reducing fevers in kids 2 – 11 years old. Sold in a variety of flavors including Sugar-free Dye-free Berry, Bubble Gum, Grape, Blue Raspberry, Fruit and Dye-Free White Grape.
Children’s Dimetapp® Cold & Cough – Has a grape flavor and will attack stuffy and runny noses, as well as relieving coughs in kids ages 6+.
Children’s Robitussin® Cough and Chest Congestion – Grape flavored, non-drowsy medicine for kids ages 4+ that will help break up chest congestion and relieve coughs and runny noses.
Tissues – PLENTY of tissues, the softer the better!
Soup – Sometimes a bowl of hot soup can do wonders for a cold. We tend to avoid cream-based soups and stick to broth-based soups like chicken noodle.
Fluids – When my kids are sick, I make sure to offer them plenty of fluids to keep them hydrated. If they have a stomach bug, I might give them a drink with some carbonation like ginger ale. For colds I might give them tea or juice or water.
Lip Balm – Not pictured above, but I also always like to have lip balm on hand when myself or the kids are sick. Stuffy noses lead to mouth breathing which lead to chapped lips!
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