A few weeks back Marloe woke up in the worst mood ever. She cried, and whined, and wouldn't cooperate with Colten and I at all. We were both so tired, and unsure what her deal was. After Colten left for work, I struggled to put Marloe down for her nap...and after lots of crying in my arms she finally fell asleep.
She usually goes down pretty easily and quickly so I was confused what was going on. She woke up 30 minutes later (her naps are usually 2-3 hours) so I was stunned and let her come downstairs as I folded laundry. She seemed so uncomfortable, and I started to realize that her stomach was hurting her. And a few minutes after I made that discovery, she puked....all....over...me....and my clean laundry. This was her first time having the flu, so I felt helpless and was so unsure of how to help her. On top of it all, she also had a little cold, so she was extra miserable. I tried my best to make her feel better and tried every trick I knew. It seemed to have worked because she only threw up one other time, and was feeling better by that night!
The very next day, Colten got the exact same flu. After a full day of taking care of Marloe being sick, here I was taking care of my husband for another day. I tried the same soothing remedies for him as well, and he got better the very next day as well. But, that night, I of course got sick. It was the worst! I felt terrible, and Colten had to work...so here I was watching a toddler all while feeling miserable. I applied the same remedies I used on Marloe and Colten and I was better in no time!
Below are my sickness remedies for a cold/flu for you and your little ones!
I SWEAR by essential oils all the time, but especially when I am sick. I use my diffuser and diffuse "On Guard" next to my bedside, or in whatever room we plan on being in. Another oil I love diffusing, that has been known to help with nausea is "Peppermint" oil. Personally essential oils calm me down, and help me to relax when I feel sick. I get my DoTerra oils from Michelle Cannon!
I have a humidifier I keep in hallway closet, and move it around when someone gets sick in our house. I either put it in our bedroom or in the downstairs living room. Humidifiers are awesome and put moisture back into the air, which can create a lot of benefits for you and your family. A 2013 study showed that increasing humidity levels to 43 percent or above significantly reduced the ability of airborne viruses to cause flu infections. I also keep on in Marloe's room, and have it going every other day. I use this and this one for Marloe.
This is specifically for your little ones (infants/toddlers). I got a Nose Frida SnotSucker for my baby shower, when I was pregnant with Marloe and I thought..."There is NO WAY I am using this". Well, my friends, I have used it countless times...and believe its essential if you have a baby. Keep your baby's nostrils clear naturally. The ingeniously simple design of the NoseFrida® features a 15" long tube that is placed against the nostril (not inside), and you suck the boogers out using the tube. I have used it so many times when Marloe gets colds, and especially loved it when she was an infant.
When you have the Flu, and cant keep food down, ice chips are the way to go. They help keep you hydrated, while also somewhat satisfying your hunger. I have Colten run to Sonic, and buy a large cup of ice with lime flavoring. Their ice is the best, and I always start to feel less nauseas when I have a cup of ice.
I have baby chest rub I put on Marloe when she has a cold, but also Adult chest rub for when Colten and I are sick. The smell of eucalyptus always helps clear our sinuses, and soothes us as well. I linked my favorites below.
I buy this bath soap to put in our baths when we are sick. Nothing is more calming than a soothing bath when you or your kids are sick. I feel like its one of the only times during my sickness, that I can actually relax. I also love these bath bombs.
I am not a huge hot drink fan, but when I am sick.....it's all I want! I love lemon tea with honey when I have a cold or sore throat. Colten also really loves tea when he is sick as well. This is our favorite brand.