Well, hey there. Long time no see, talk, or post.
Sorry, I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus. Not because I didn’t want to blog…but more like my house has been a constant war zone of germs and sickness…ewww.
With a new baby, a 4 year old, and a husband that acts like he is dying with a little cold….I haven’t had much time for anything, let alone blogging.
One thing I have learned however, is what you can do to try and get over a cold or flu fast! Because, no one has time for that! So I decided, why not make a post about it?!
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So, the number one thing that I have learned while having little babies is that they will constantly pass whatever it is they have back and forth. It is like a never ending revolving door. And then sometime in between, me or my husband will catch it. Drives me crazy!
So tip number one: Keep plenty of disinfecting wipes or spray handy.
And use them a lot. Wipe down everything, over and over. It really sucks, but really helps. I feel like I am following my kids everywhere wiping down surfaces behind them…better to be cautious then have those germs hanging out for all time.
Tip number two: Keep plenty of Saline drops on hand
I use this on my kids a lot. They hate it. But, when they can breathe at night and not drowning in their own snot, I think that’s a win. My 4 year old has terrible year round allergies, so we use nasal spray anyways, but when the cold/flu season hits, the saline spray is really good to break apart all those snot clogs.
For the little babies, one or two drops in each nostril, wait 30 seconds or so and suck it out with an aspirator. Now, doctors are recommending those sucking things…the ones you suck with your own mouth…I’m not really sure about that one, but people are swearing by them. To each their own…
Tip number three: Get some Elderberry syrup and vitamin D
This is a proven remedy that everyone swears by. It has natural antioxidants that help fight off the flu. If you have the flu, it helps with symptoms. So, when I saw that a friend of mine was making it, I jumped on it and bought some.
It is super tasty, so my 4 year old will take it no problem. My little one is too little still, but I’ll give it to her when she is older too.
So far since taking it, no flu. We also take vitamin D too help boost our immune systems.
Tip number four: Vapor rub and steam showers go a long way
If you are anything like me, then you lather your kids up with vapor rub at night. Chest, neck, back and then feet with socks. This really helps relieve some of the symptoms of a cold at night and help you sleep. It is soothing and refreshing.
A steam shower is perfect for a stopped up baby/kid/even adults. You can either get in the shower and run hot water, or stand outside the shower with the hot water running. The steam helps break up the mucous that is caught. Afterwards get a good nose blowing…gosh, that feels AMAZING.
Tip number five: Invest in a nettie pot
I absolutely love my nettie pot. I use it even when I am not sick and it helps fight off sinus issues. I had sinus surgery a year ago, and since then I have been using it and have had little to no issues with my sinuses.
They are super easy to use, and you can use it on your kids too…if they will let you that is. My 4 year old hates anything up his nose, so it’s a no go with him.
Doing these simple five things when we are feeling icky, really has helped with symptoms as well as the duration of the sickness.
I really hate when my kids are sick, or my husband. When they are sick, I get no sleep, I have to deal with cranky kids, and everyone is just a mess. So, I try to do whatever I can to help and these things seem to be sure bets with us.
Of course I am no doctor, and what works for me may not work for you, but it won’t hurt to try!
If you have any other tips or tricks, please drop a comment below! I love to learn or try new things!