Around where I live here in Iowa Fall is in full swing. The leaves are falling to the ground and that winter chill is not far off as things begin to cool down. Even though 2020 has added to the usual sickness that you normally go through during Fall in Iowa sickness is sickness its all icky! I wanted to share some tips I use for myself and my family during those icky sick days & nights. This past week and part of last I have been dealing with sick kids and a teething cranky baby. How have I been able to manage?
I am a mom who fully believes in using whatever over the counter medications will work but when the usual Motrin or Tylenol isn’t quite cutting out the fever I need to intervene because sometimes they can’t handle those high fevers by themselves. One big way I help keep those pesky fevers at bay is to run a warm bath or shower depending on the kid or myself. It is important to not shock the body with a cold bath or shower and of course you don’t want to burn anybody with a super hot one so I keep it in the middle with a nice lukewarm to warm bath/shower. And when I can’t get my littles to get in a tub or if they are super HOT I will use the same water warmth and wet their hair instead! When their hair is wet it will help cool the rest of the body down as it cools down. No matter which way I cool them off I make sure to wrap them in a warm blanket or blankets to keep them from catching a chill!
Once I have the fever in check I need to soothe those little noses and throats and in my opinion there is nothing better than using a chest rub to help soothe a cough or stuffy/runny nose. Our favorite brand is Vicks Vaporub but I have used other brands when I just needed something! I will slather my kids and myself up; typically on the chest and back but I will sometimes coat the necks and bottoms of the feet (they need socks on afterwards). The vapor soothes the coughs and helps either open up the nasal passages so we can breathe better or just helps soothe our noses from all the runny noses.
Anytime sickness hits our house I always have a pot of some sort of brothy soup on the stove top. I love a good chicken noodle soup homemade when possible but canned is great too! The warm/hot liquid helps soothe sore throats and helps with clearing up nasal passages as well. It always makes the day so much more better and for just a bit you forget that you are sick; at least I do. In our house I am usually making a homemade soup; I fill a stock pot with water and some sort of protein surrounded with cut up vegetables and I bring that all to a boil. I then put it on a medium/low simmer for a few hours or until my protein is fully cooked through. Next depending on the type of protein I will either strain everything out if there are bones in it then add it back to the pot with out the bones. This step usually includes sorting out the meat from the bones then putting the meat and veggies back into the pot but if there were no bones I do not have to strain anything. I will then add in what ever spices and pasta if any into my broth and bring back to a boil until the pasta is cooked through and veggies should be tender. This is always a family favorite and super easy to make!
Soups or other warm/hot beverages are a great way to warm up and feel better when you are sick but another great way my family and I kick sickness to the curb is by enjoying something cold. It is not usually encouraged to have dairy or at least a lot of dairy when you are sick but sometimes depending on the type of sickness we enjoy the occasional cold treat. Usually its a nice bowl of ice cream but we also dabble in ice pops especially those that are made up of fruit by Outshine, Pineapple is my favorite. The extra vitamin C is an added bonus. We love our ice pops or ice cream in moderation. We have found that they help sore throats the most and sometimes after feeling awful for so long it is nice to have something to help pick up your spirits with a little joy!
Last but not least because it is number one, even though these weren’t in any particular order but this one should always be number one; WATER! Good old fashioned h2o is the number one way to kick any sickness to the curb. We enjoy drinking water to help keep us hydrated which helps loosen flehm and if its cold enough it helps the throat. I have found that sipping water helps settle my stomach when it is upset and it also helps me stop coughing or at least it helps the cough not be so bad. Water should be on everyone’s list in my opinion even if it is flavored because we all need water to live so there’s that!
Thanks for reading hope you find that these 5 tips for kicking sickness to the curb help you out in some way! Feel free to share with anyone who it may help as well.
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