The flu has hit our home! It was only a matter of time before that infamous flu found us! It started with Zoey, as it many times does considering she is in school with a ton of other kids all day. Then within 24 hours it got Lia! I was trying desperately to stay afloat and away from the illness! Good luck to me right? Well just when I thought I was in the clear it got me! The body aches, the chills, the sore throat, the runny nose! It was almost inevitable if you ask me. Because sick kiddos need all our love and attention you can typically find me somewhere between the bowls of soup and Kleenex tissue boxes. Even though this is not my first rodeo I always go into a 5 minute panic mode where I try to remember what to do and how to take care of them and myself. Don’t fear my friends this time around I am writing my 5 ways to take care of sick family so you don’t have to panic. I’m with you !
1.Stock up on Kleenex tissues
You can NEVER have too many tissue boxes. How many times has your child’s teacher asked for donations? Plenty of times! Why? Because they are a must on hand at all times! With two sick kids I was so happy to know my local Wal Mart was fully stocked and made it such a breeze for me to get in and get out quickly. Boy did I need them fast! It was a boogery mess! It still is! Kleenex are not your average tissues. Kleenex kills 99.9% of cold and flu viruses in the tissue! They have so many options from tissue with lotion, antiviral, and ultra soft. My favorite has got to be the Kleenex with Lotion because our noses don’t get chapped no matter how many times we blow our nose or the kiddos. Kleenex has moisture activated blue dot layer with special anti viral formula to kill cold and flu viruses.
Water, water, and tons of water. We make sure to keep ourselves and the girls drinking water all day. This definitely helps us with the sore throat feeling and to flush whatever we have out of our system. Warm teas are also a great way to stay hydrated while soothing your body too. Add a spoonful of honey to make it sweet and you are ready to go. Just make sure to skip those caffeinated and sugar filled drinks. Those can actually dehydrate you even more.
3.Spoonfuls of Honey
I swear by this. Soon as I feel my throat start to feel soreI take a spoonful of honey with a few drops of lemon on top. Works wonders. Honey works great to help suppress your cough and coat your throat too. Just remember this is not suitable for little ones under 1.
Soup is a great way to naturally reduce inflammation in your body. I’m serious! It isn’t just a tasty feel good meal when you are sick! Research actually shows it really does help you get better! My go to is chicken noodle! YUM! It helps sooth some of the symptoms and aches while providing you with calories and liquid your body needs for energy.
This is probably the most difficult to make happen with kids. BUT! Guess what? The laundry can wait, the cleaning can wait. Just lay down and relax. Throw on a family movie and just enjoy some down time. Rest is one of the best things you can give your body to help it fight that bug. If someone offers to lend a hand, let them. Just cuddle up with your kids. You’d be surprised at the power of snuggles.
You bet I am going full force with all these this flu season! Getting sick seems to be inevitable when you have kids. But with these 5 tips and Kleenex by your side you can at least be more comfortable. Because let’s face it, moms don’t get any sick days !