The winter months are some of my favorite months of the year. Sweater weather, warm beverages and togetherness make me happy. However, I almost always end up with a sick child (or three) around this time.
Whether you are a believer in traditional western medicine, homeopathic remedies, use essential oils, or some mixture of all three, there are a few simple things you can do to prepare for illness.
Note: Lest you think I have it all together over here, I need to be honest. This post was on my list “to publish” when we experienced our first sick child of the season. Our three-year-old developed Hand Foot and Mouth disease. Then, like dominos, the yuckiness spread throughout the family. I was ill prepared (pun intended). I’m hoping this post will save you some heartache and perhaps even ward off germs at your house. 🙂
Preparing for a Sick Child
In Octobers past, I have made it a point to stock up on the items our family uses when we have one of us is sick. Experience has taught me that it’s pretty terrible to be sick yourself (or have a sick child) and be in need of medicine, Pedialyte, or paper towels. That’s zero fun!
For the Derringers, this includes items like:
- Adult and Children’s Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen
- Ginger Ale
- Pediatric Electrolyte Replacement Drink
- Chicken Noodle Soup (I often make my own, but I buy a couple of cans in the event I am sick and am unable to make from scratch.)
- Antibacterial Wipes
- Paper Towels (I line inside of small trashcans with a bag and paper towels when children are vomiting)
- Elderberries from health foods store (To make elderberry syrup)
- Hand Soap / Hand Sanitizer
- Extra Toothbrushes
- Saline Spray
- Thermometer covers
- Humidifer Filters
A Few More Things to Consider
- Familiarize yourself with your pediatrician’s office procedure for speaking with the triage nurse. This can be a valuable tool and could save you an unwarranted trip to the doctor’s office.
- Likewise, familiarize yourself with your provider’s after hours number. Pediatricians will usually have an on call nurse that will field calls, give medical guidance, and communicate with the physician if needed. Don’t hesitate to call this number if you have an urgent matter that cannot wait until the next morning.
- If you don’t already have a pediatric dosing chart for Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen from you pediatrician, consider asking for one at your next appointment. Tape this inside your medicine cabinet so you have it handy when you need to administer medications.
- Use an appropriately labeled medicine dropper or syringe for medication administration. Please don’t use your silverware to give meds! This is an easy way to give too much medication that could be potentially toxic to your child’s kidneys or liver.
- Remember to sanitize or replace your toothbrush following bacterial illness.
- Replenish your basic first aid kit. Ensure you have the items your family frequently uses.
- Find your thermometer and check batteries.
- Locate / purchase nasal aspirator if you have an infant or a toddler.
- Locate and clean your humidifier / cool mist vaporizer to ensure it is ready for use.
While I pray the illnesses are few for your family this cold and flu season, realistically, most of us will have a sick child at one time or another. Being prepared with needed supplies, beverages, and medications brings me a sense of comfort and decreases my stress when someone spikes a fever or begins to vomit. I hope it will do the same for you.
What about you? How do you prepare for illness in your home?