This is the winter illness season for colds, flus, and other yucks! In our family we all have struggled with head colds, sore throats, headaches and achy bodies already and we’re only a few weeks into winter. There are a lot of people we know who’ve faced the crud and it seems to be lingering.
Just last evening Young Man ended up with a sick tummy, so it looks like it’s time for round two. Last week, I shared some tips for cleaning up after an illness. Yet, we can’t stay home 24/7. With homeschool classes, Bible study, grocery shopping and well, life, we are going to be in contact with other people and it’s in those scenarios that we come into contact with even more germs. It’s always good to be prepared in case one or more family member finds themselves sick, again.
Please note, I am not a medical professional and I am not offering suggestions from an expert standpoint. I’m just a mama sharing some common sense tips and how I manage when illness hits in our home.
11 Suggestions for Winter Illness Home & Keeping
- So go get extra boxes of tissue.
- Buy plenty of Tea.
Make sure you have some honey on hand. Buy some fresh lemons, juice them and store the juice in the freezer, this way you are prepared to add it to a hot cup of tea when the need arises.
- Don’t forget organges, and organge juice for kicking up the Vit. C intake. You can use Vit. C tabs as well. I like to couple those with Vit. D. Because in the winter you don’t get nearly enough sunlight.
- Do you have a humidifier that can help with a congested nose or chest? (I prefer a warm air humidifier.)
- Oh and while your stocking up don’t forget the Vick’s Vapor Rub, essential oils such as lavender and thieves. Use essential oils by adding to a humidifier or diffusier. and rub Vicks or an oils mixed with a carrier onto the feet and cover with those warm fuzzy socks.
- Prepare some bone stock. Whether beef or chicken preparing your own from the leftover bones has a tremendous amount of nutrional value. It’s not a coincidence that so many cultures have recipes for chicken stew ya’ll.
- Stock up on bottled water & lemon-lime soda pop which can help settle a sick stomach. Overall, drink plenty of fluids. I prefer water bottles during times of illness because I can throw the bottles away and reduce the amount of dishes I have.
- Another good stomach settler is ginger tea or I like to keep ginger tablets on hand.
- Cracker. When your hungry but worried about tummy yucks, crackers are a good idea.
- I try to stick with the BRAT diet for my family when we start trying to eat again. A BRAT diet is a bland-food diet that typically consists of Bananas, Rice, Applesauce and Toast. I don’t use this in the midst of stomach yucks, but I do when the tummy starts feeling better, and the appetite starts to return. The blandness simply is gentle on the body. I also like to slowly introduce oatmeal, boiled eggs and chicken noodle soup.
- Lots of Hugs and Cuddles. There is no greater way to help a little one to feel better than love. So pull out a basket, fill it with books, tissues, blankets, set up the humidifier nearby and settle into the sofa and cuddle with your little one, read them some books, take a nap with them, and just bring them a mama’s comforting arms.
How are you providing for your family during this season of illness?