Looking for a few of my fab ideas when your child is sick?

There is nothing worse other than your child or children being sick! Over the past fourteen years our children have had their fair share of illnesses where I could be a doctor myself, lol!

A few staples I have in our home have made it easier then running out with a sick child to the pharmacy or market.

Above for colds, coughs and the flu Boogie saline Mist & Wipes make clearing your child’s nose easier with natural scents or unscented.

Teas are so comforting and soothing to open up nasal passages and calm down a cough. Whether lemon, ginger or mint tea just add some honey and drink warm or cold.

Vitamin C pops are tasty, but sliced kiwi have more Vitamin C than oranges, and is a great snack when your child has a cold.  Another tip of mine is to freeze orange slices which taste like ice pops too which is a fun way to keep your child hydrated!

Hydrating water, Lysol wipes & spray, bed trays filled with crayons and fun things for your child to do if they are resting or eating in bed (found at Michael’s), Pedailyte, disposable plates, cups, and utensils make less work if you are dealing with alot. Kleenex Antiviral tissues as well as tissues with lotion for stuffy noses are a plus!

Stomach virus’ can be so challeging but I have got you covered! The BRAT diet (Bananas, Rice, Apples and Toast) help soothe achy bellies. Salteen crackers with salt, single 100 Calorie Pretzels or Goldfish pretzels, Apple sauce pouches, are my go to snacks. Peppermint tea warm or cold can help calm down belly aches. EOS lip balm in mint flavor hydrates chapped lips which you can wipe a few layers off after an illness. Making a ziplock bag for your child filled with the above snacks that she/he can have will prevent you from running in and out of their room. Chuck hosptial pads (can be found at any medical supply store) & beach towels are a must!!! Just lay down the Chuck pads (which are disposable) or pool towels all over your child’s bedroom floor and make a trail to the bathroom with them.  Latex free disposal gloves are a staple when dealing with a sick child, and a small box of garbage bags for easy cleanup. Constantly washing your hands can make them dry and cracked, so this tip prevents that from happening.

When your child doesn’t feel like drinking ice pops and Jello premade cups are a great way to hydrate them!

A few other tips is to have a stack of pajamas and socks handy if you need to change their clothing.  For children with long hair tie back or up their hair to make it easier for you both!

When a child needs to be quarantined in their room to prevent illnesses from spreading, have a tote bag or zip lock bag filled with crayons/markers, coloring books, paint with water pads, mini lego sets, bead necklace kit, or small items that they have never seen before like from Target’s dollar section, lastly a portable DVD player with a few movies can make staying in their room a sure thing!

After any illness washing sheets, blankets and stuffed animals, also putting your child’s pillows in the dryer is sure to kill any germs. Wiping down surfaces with wipes and getting fresh air in their room is your best bet for illness not to spread to everyone else in your home.

Being a parent can be challenging at times, but it is those times that make us more knowledgable of how to handle situations.

We all have our own spin on what works for our family, but at the end of the day you know your child and always do what works for you.

I have learned that being prepared and having these staples in our home ready to go have made illnesses easier to handle!

Take it from a Mom Who Knows!

 

 

 

 

 

Looking for a natural way to ease cold, flu symptoms, or boost your family’s immune system?

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Then pick up Organic ginger, lemons & honey!

There is nothing better than curing or easing symptoms naturally first!

As soon as the weather begins to get colder, our family makes a fabulous tea!

This tea has amazing healing properties! Ginger helps vomiting nausea, morning or motion sickness. Honey has antimicrobial properties that kill some bacteria, and lemons are a great source of Vitamin C & boosts your immune system.

Ginger Lemon Honey Tea Recipe:

1.) Boil a large pot if water, then pour into mugs.

2.) Slice a lemon in quarters (2 slices per cup). Using a strainer over each cup, squeeze 2 lemon slices, then discard.

3.) Next with a knife peel ginger, and place a 1″ chunk into each cup.

4.) Afterwards squeeze 1 heaping spoon of honey, mix and let cool until warm.

Enjoy this fab natural home remedy to stay healthy this winter!

Take it from a Mom who is drinking hers right now!

Want a great alternative if your pediatrician is booked?

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Then find a great ENT (Ears Nose & Throat) practice!

All ENT’s can treat any upper respiratory illness. From Strep, to an ear, nose or throat issue, they handle it all!

Also they have more extensive tools to measure ear pressure, scopes for both ear, nose & throat, & some practices have allergists on staff too!

Most parents think that an ENT is for children with chronic ear, nose or throat issues, but that is not the case!

Our pediatric practice which is amazing, sometimes does not have late hours, or can be booked, which can be a problem.

When your child is sick, you want them to be seen as soon as possible, & waiting for another day just doesn’t work sometimes.

I discovered a local ENT practice which was a lifesaver to me one day, & I continue to go to both.

The practice in our area has many locations in New Jersey, & the tri-state area which can work to your advantage!

ENT Allergy Associates, is affiliated with Mt. Sinai in NYC, & has a data base which can be shared with any of its offices.

While vacationing at the beach, our daughter became ill, & I was able to see a doctor at their East Hampton office.

It was not only comforting to know that the doctor was knowledgable of her medical history, but that it was a hassle free experience!

No matter where you live, it is wise to find an ENT practice to have as a backup.

Take it from a Mom Who Knows how to handle illness, “Stress Free”!

Want a natural way to curb morning sickness, or nausea?

Then pick up Premium saltine crackers, salted pretzels, ginger, honey, mint tea, gingersnap cookies, peppermint & crystallized ginger!

There is nothing worse than morning sickness & nausea!

Some doctors are quick to prescribe medication, but the natural remedies usually work even better!

Mint tea is a great way to help an upset stomach, as well as making ginger tea!

Simply peel and break off a piece of ginger and boil for ten minutes. Add honey or agave nectar to take away the strong taste.

It is amazing cold, but hot is soothing as well.

Saltine crackers & salted pretzels are another great way to help with nausea. Salt helps relieve this feeling, which is amazing!

Trader Joes sells the most delicious Crystalized Ginger in the nut and dried fruit aisle, along with Gingersnap cookies.

I use keep these items in my bag, along with peppermint oil to breathe in when I smelled something that triggered my nausea.

The items above are sold in most supermarkets, health food stores, & of course Trader Joe’s!

It is worth a try!

Take it from a Mom Who Knows!