Our lucky streak has finally caught up to us.
In the last year Madeline and I have not really been sick. She has had a fever from shots or teething, but never really sick or had a cold. But this week our luck caught up to us and we both woke up with a cold, fever, and Madeline had a diaper rash.
I’ll be honest I had to google what to do. All of the things I learned from parenting class and books, was so long ago I couldn’t remember the amount of Tylenol or Motrin to give, what was safe to do. So I panicked, but slowly realized we could nurse ourselves back to health together same way, especially now that Madeline is one.
We started off with some figuring out our symptoms and what supplies we had on hand and if we need to call in reinforcements. Then we came up with a game plan.
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1. Tissues and Wipes- Even though your child might not be able to blow their nose and might hate getting it wiped it’s important to have them. Definitely don’t skimp when it comes to what quality tissues you buy especially if you are going to be using a lot. Wipes are great to have on hand especially with all the germs and gooey things everywhere. This is where a small garbage can or garbage by comes into play, so you’re not covered in tissues.
2. Saline Drop and Suction- Suctioning is the hardest part for us, my daughter hates it. We’ve tried everything!! The only suction tool that works for us is the Nose Frida. I am only able to suction when she is asleep or distracted by something else. Usually I follow giving her Tylenol with an attempt at Saline Drops with the Nose Frida while she is distracted by the medicine dispenser still. The Nosa Frida is so superior compared to the suction bulb.
3.Lots of Rest- This is easier said then done. Nap time for a healthy baby can sometimes not even happen, so for a sick baby it can be even harder to accomplish. The day before my daughter woke up sick she didn’t nap. Our first day of being sick she didn’t nap either no matter how hard I tried, especially when I needed one too. On Day 2 she napped like a champion. During sick days I found I made “rest” a more broad term, especially when you are sick also. That’s where our Soothie pacifier and Bella Tunno pacifier clip comes into play. I can always be quoted as saying they are my saviors! That leads into my fourth point.
4. Comfy Clothes and Play Area- Get out your most comfortable pajamas and your blankets and make yourself a nest. I filled our living room with every pillow and blanket, especially my tie blankets that every good sorority girl has(Hey Alpha Chi Omega!! Thanks Big!). We lived in Pajamas for the last couple days, changing from one pair to the other. I only wish I had feetie pajamas like Madeline.
5. Steamy Air- This is a very important step, especially for a little one who can not blow their nose or will not let you suction. We had a humidifier running all day and night, and played in the bathroom while the hot water made a sauna around us. Just keep tissues on hand directly following.
6. Vapor Rub- Check the bottles before you use it on your child. Normal Vicks Vapor Rub and generic types say 3 years old plus for use. So I went to the store and bought Vicks brand Baby Rub. But upon opening the box it was Maty’s All Natural Baby Chest Rub. The box I bought is all Vick’s logos, but the actual container is only Maty’s and does not say Vicks anywhere on it. I am so glad this happened because I highly recommend Maty’s All Natural Vapor Rub. It is filled with great natural ingredients and it smells great. Madeline is obsessed with putting the chest rub on and is constantly pointing to the bottle, and sits so still while I put it on. I also did the old wives tale and put it on the bottom of Madeline’s feet with socks over it.
7. Extra Fluids- I think we had three sippy cups going at all times. Our favorites are Replay No Spill Challenge Cup and Munchkin 360° Cup. We drank tons of water and tea, but stayed away from any milk and dairy products because it can add to the mucus.
8. Chicken Soup and Warm Liquids- Chicken Soup, whether homemade or in a can is great for both a sick mommy or daddy and their little one. We had some chicken noddle soup and some homemade pastina chicken and stars. Add crackers for that extra crunch and if you have an independent little one who has not mastered a spoon yet. Also having easy to make comfort food around is great for a sick parent. We had chicken pot pie for dinner that I just had to put in the crust and bake. Also I baked Madeline a little version of it in her Oogaa bowl. We also drank plenty of Yogi Echinacea Immune Support Tea with number 9. Madeline loved her very weak tea with the sweet honey.
9. Honey- It is a great addition to tea and is a smart addition to your diet if you are sick. Honey contains an antimicrobial agent that can prevent the growth of bacteria in the body. Furthermore, it has an enzyme that can produce hydrogen peroxide, which can help to keep infection from spreading in the body. Honey is not recommended for children under 1 year old.
10. Easy activities- This might be the most important item on my list if you and your child are sick. Having easy fun activities that do not include a lot of mess or energy for you and your child to do while you are sick can make a sick day not so horrible. Have a rainy day puzzle, board game, or coloring book stored away for these types of days. I saved a First Crayola™ coloring set from Madeline’s birthday party for a day like this. It was a big hit and kept both of us happy and not turning into vegetables just watching movies. A small tea party is also a great easy activity that helps get warm fluids into your little one.
On Day 3 we are moving in a positive healthier direction. I am doing much better, but Madeline is holding onto her cold a little longer, but no longer has a fever.
Does anyone have any remedies or item they use to get themselves and their little ones better?! Comment below and let me know so I can have more reinforcements for our next sick day.
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