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If you want to scare the life out of a mother you don’t wear a costume or pop out of a bush on Halloween; you simply tell her the flu virus is running rampant in her kid’s school and walk away. That’s all you’ve gotta do. Boom. It’s over. At least it is for me. See, last year Santa Claus brought my family of five the flu. The legit flu. I’ll spare you the details but we all lost a lot of pride last Christmas. And also a couch.
I did a lot of reading and researching while I was down, because that is what I do-I just can’t help myself. And since it’s that time of year again I figured it would be downright selfish if I kept all of the very best tips I learned to myself. So I’m sharing all of my best cold and flu remedies for moms & kids right here right now. Because I’m a helper. And also, because some of you have children that are in my kid’s classes at school and, well, you know, we just can’t get sick again ok? I can’t do it again.
I. Just. Can’t.
Some of these tips may sound nutty to you and if they do then that just means you haven’t lived long enough yet. Keep this. You’re going to want to reference it later.
Here we go.
Do Everything In Your Power To Not Get Sick In The First Place!
Wash your hands & stop touching your face!
When your child gets home from school, wash his/her clothing! ASAP!
Do not let him sleep in his school clothes! They are covered in germs!
Get a bunch of sanitizing wipes and place them in every room of your house. Be sure to let the kids know they are not toilet paper. Use the wipes on everything from door knobs to light switches to oh-my-gosh-don’t forget the remote controls! Those surfaces that everyone in the house comes in contact with are usually ground zero for infection transmitting nastiness.
Replace your toothbrushes regularly-especially every time someone gets sick!
Teach your child to sing Happy Birthday when they wash their hands. (Not out loud) The goal is to be scrubbing for 15-20 seconds. A couple of choruses of Happy Birthday does the trick. I love that song.
Tell them to stop sharing. Yes, I know sharing is caring, but when it comes to straws, drinks, and gum, well, it’s just plain gross! Make sure your child understands!
Teach her how to Elbow Sneeze. The hand sneeze is out-it’s so 1985.
Make sure your family is getting plenty of rest & vitamins from healthy foods & fruits & veggies! I’m the worst at this, but I’m going to get better! I am! I really am! Salads for everyone…(pulls up at Sonic-orders five combo meals…)
Ok. So you did your best but still managed to get sick?
Or even worse…you’ve got a sick child!
Even worse than that…you’ve got two sick children and a sick husband!
You deserve a casserole.
Here’s what you can do.
Make them drink a lot of H2O! Hydration will speed up recovery! If they’re like my best friend Amanda and can’t stand the stuff (how does she hate water??) Anything Without Caffeine is fine!
Caffeinated beverages are dehydrating. Juice, Ginger Ale, Herbal Tea, Broth, Honey & Lemon Tea are all good choices for you. Coffee and Red Bulls are not.
This DIY Electrolyte Drink is a tasty source of hydration for kids!
If you are worried about your child’s fever, or other symptoms, please call your family physician! I’m a mom not a doctor!
Click here to read what Dr. Sears says about when to worry about fever if you’re second guessing yourself.
Vomiting & Nausea is the worst.
I lived almost forty years before I learned about this hack…
Of course, if your child has already started the “process” this won’t help you.
Stay away from solid foods and hydrate with popsicles and gelatin water for the first 24 hours. Don’t even try food.
Make sure your garbage cans are lined with fresh bags and you have plenty of cleaning supplies on hand.
After your child (or the hubs) has gone two hours without vomiting, start with ice chips.
If that goes well, they can try small sips of clear liquids every 15-20 minutes.
Try this recipe for homemade electrolyte popsicles for hydration!
After 4 hours you can reintroduce gentle, easy foods like Jello, toast, and broth.
Bad Cough? Rub Vick’s Vapor Rub on your child’s feet & cover them up with a pair of thick socks!
Tell your husband to rub his own feet.
Spicy foods help blocked sinuses.
If they have a headache due to sinuses almonds will help!
Gargling with salt water also helps.
I hate this activity but it helps get rid of the thick mucous that can collect at the back of your throat. It can also help with stuffy ears. Water & Salt is good-you don’t need Apple Cider Vinegar
Chicken soup has been scientifically proven to help with upper respiratory tract infections like the flu!
People swear by recipes like this Grandma’s Chicken Soup From Scratch.
And this Detox Immune Boosting Chicken Soup from Eat Yourself Skinny.
If your child doesn’t want to take his medicine-Try dipping a lollipop in it until it’s gone. Then let them finish the lollipop!
If your husband doesn’t want to take his medicine tell him he has to & to grow up.
Use a Sharpie to write on the medicine bottle to keep track of dose times. If that’s not do-able, an app or printable medicine tracker will work too!
Get the Apple Cider Vinegar with The Mother
If you’re getting paranoid about all of the germs, read this about sanitizing everything in your dishwasher!
Sore Throat? This may help! Mix HOT Water with 1.5-2 Tablespoons Honey, 1.5-2 Tablespoons Vinegar, 2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice & a Dash of Cinnamon!
Sick husband? Again, I’m so very sorry!
Get natural relief from congestion with a homemade Congestion-Relief Sinus Bomb
Get comic relief from reading about one of the worst days of my life! That’ll make ya feel better!
Try a few of these healthy smoothie recipes. They are amazing & can boost your immunity since they are loaded with vitamins!
Rest…A lot! It takes 7-10 days to get over a cold-with the flu you are looking at up to two weeks! Give your body time to heal! Don’t send a sick child to school or day care!
Eventually, life will return to normal and you will become sane again. I promise! I know how tough it is to take care of a sick family. Physically and emotionally. I hope these tips have helped! Consider them as my casserole to you! Get well soon!