I feel like I am actually prepared for the winter flu and cold season and finally figured out a way to keep it to a minimum.
My daughter doesn’t get sick too often because she’s not in a daycare or preschool yet, but since her cousins are school age, they always seem to be sick, which in turn gets Arya sick about 70% of the time we come into contact.
She actually just caught the flu bug a few days ago from the cousins, so I’ve been dealing with trying to keep the sickness at bay. Luckily, I was already prepared since I stocked up on Kleenex essentials at Walmart.com.
The ordering process was simple, just head on over to Walmart, add the kleenex to your cart and select in-store pickup or 2-day shipping to home.
7 Must-Have Essentials for Toddler Sick Days
I always, always have Kleenex on hand. It doesn’t matter what time of year. It’s just one of those must-haves at home or for your car, purse or diaper bag when you need to run out and about and have to blow or wipe your nose quickly. I usually just get the normal ultra soft one and lotion variety because nothing is worse than a raw nose. They’re super soft and don’t irritate even after wiping and blowing all day.
I give my daughter children’s multi-vitamins every day, but in order to conquer colds, you need more vitamin c than anything. I am planning on making some elderberry syrup soon hopefully, which is a great immune system booster!
NoseFrida: The Snot Sucker
I know the NoseFrida looks like one of those things that are too gross to own but trust me, it works, and it works well! No snot or mucus comes into contact with your mouth. I don’t think I’ve had any make it that far down the nose tube to even be concerned. Plus there’s a filter plug at the end. Your kids won’t like the suction, but they’ll be happy you’ve helped them breathe.
I actually posted about the NoseFrida, you can check that out here.
Kid-Approved Essential Oil Rollers from EdensGarden
I have the Sniffles and Sneezes and Germ Ease essential oil rollers which both work wonders. I swear they both help end the illness within a couple of days. The sniffles and sneezes roller stopped my daughter’s runny nose the very next day and Germ Ease helps the immune system so you’re not getting as sick as often.
Thermometer (any kind is fine)
The thing with thermometers is that everyone recommends one over the other, but the basic mouth thermometer is just fine, especially if you don’t have $50 to shell out for a decent ear or forehead one.
If you’re using the normal thermometer for mouth and your little one can’t hold still long enough to get an accurate measurement, put underneath armpit and just add 1 degree when it beeps. If over 103, it’s recommended to head to urgent care for medical attention.
We actually put a cold rag on her head to get her temp down and she enjoyed it. It’s a quick way to get the temp to drop. And if you’re desperate for some relief for your child, don’t be afraid to give some children’s ibuprofen. My daughter was miserable with the fever and about an hour after we gave it to her, she was feeling so much better and her fever actually broke and never returned. She was not sleeping well through the night because she was burning up, so we felt it was best to give it to her the next night.
Liquids and Soft Foods
While sick with the flu, my daughter didn’t want to eat. Her temp was 102 and she was overall miserable. She was able to drink some fluids, so I gave her some water, 100% apple juice, and 100% orange juice. She didn’t want anything to do with food besides crackers, a little bit of a banana and yogurt, which was okay. We all know that tummies don’t feel well when sick, so as long as the little ones and you are staying hydrated, that’s all that matters.
Tablet or Coloring Books/Activity Sheets
My daughter was couch bound and didn’t really want to do anything but maybe watch some shows on her tablet for 20 min at a time. Being sick isn’t fun and can be quite boring, but rest is also essential to getting better so provide some fun things they can do while laying on the couch or in bed if interested.
She was back to her usual quirky self after a few days implementing these things, but she still doesn’t fully have her appetite back which is to be expected.
Do you have any extra tips for those sick days at home with the kiddos?