Ah, the joys of parenting, waking up to the sounds of a child puking and the first thought that goes through your mind is "DON'T THROW UP ON THE CARPET!". And then making sure they're alright. Of course. But only after crossing your fingers that you don't have to clean up a barf carpet in the middle of the night.
The second thought that goes through your mind is "OMG I hope no one else gets it". But they will. And you will. But there are a few things you can do to make it easier on everyone. Here are some of my tried and true cold and flu remedies.
We love Lilapops around here, with no dyes, artificial flavors, or preservatives these lollipops with Honey and Marshmallow Root Extract help with little sore throats and coughs (along with about fifteen Frozen ice pops amirite?!).
The best part about the Amazing Grass Tangerine Immunity Green Superfood Powder is that my kids actually like the taste of this one. I first started buying this for my oldest daughter to make sure she stayed healthy during Nutcracker season, and I always have it on hand. It's got a powerful blend of nutritious greens, phytonutrient-packed fruits, veggies and cereal grasses, digestive enzymes and probiotics and even a blend of organic mushrooms (but I don't mention this to the kids).
We get our flu shots like as soon as humanly possible (you can ask my husband how much I bug him until he gets his), but experts always say that hand washing is a great defense against getting sick. I always keep a little spray bottle of the Honest Company hand sanitizer for hand cleaning on the go, and we have the pump bottles of it scattered throughout the house. I also make a huge point of them washing their hands with soap and water and making sure they are doing it for long enough. I tell them to sing the ABCs or Happy Birthday to make sure they're getting them clean enough (we gotta get creative with the older kids songs).
Boogie Wipes are my last favorite cold and flu season product. My kids love the "grape" scented ones, and I love the fact that they will actually let me wipe their noses without freaking out. I put a pack of these in all their bags and we have the big huge container of them at home, they just seem to be WAY more thorough than plain old tissues.
My last tip is DRINK MORE WATER. But this is really my tip for all the time so it isn't necessarily a cold and flu tip. Basically all of the kids have a water bottle at the ready whenever they need it or whenever I want to bug them to drink more water.
Most of all, don't forget to take care of yourself, because we all know moms can't get sick, right? But really, look out for your own rest and hydration and de-germing needs because you gotta be there to clean up that puke. Stay strong ladies. xoxo