Cold and flu season is in full force and it has been kicking my butt! Luckily, Hazel hasn’t fallen victim to it yet (knock on wood) and I think it has a lot to do with some of the tips and tricks I’m sharing below. For more advice, tips, and to hear other mom’s flu season stories, be sure to check out the Let’s Be Honest Mamas group of amazing moms at the bottom of this post. Each month we share our thoughts on a certain topic (see all of our posts here), and this month it’s all about flu season/dealing with sick kids. Since I’m still a new mom, I will definitely be reading all of their posts to help me learn what to do for the future.
- Nobody wants their child to catch the cold or flu. Do you have any tips or tricks for preventing the flu from hitting your house? With Hazel being home with me and not in preschool yet, she doesn’t get exposed to as many germs to cause her to get sick (although we do go to library time twice a week with about 30 other kids). The main thing we do to prevent her from catching the cold or flu is hand washing. It sounds simple, but it’s the first and easiest step to preventing the flu. We also stick to a schedule (most days) that allows Hazel to get enough sleep. If you’re body is tired and run down, you’re more likely to get sick. Since I got sick last month, I started rubbing a little Thieves essential oil on Hazel to help prevent her from catching it too. I think it worked because all she got was a little congestion but nothing like I had. All that being said, I also think it’s important to let your kids get exposed to some germs to help them build their immune system. For example, we have dogs that occasionally lick Hazel or Hazel will drop a snack on our floor and then pick it up and eat it. It’s all about balance 🙂
- Some parents rush their children to the doctor at the first sign of being sick or injured, while others choose to take care of the situation at home. Which category do you fall into and when do you know it’s time to see a doctor? I definitely fall into the latter category. I’m not opposed to giving Hazel (or baby sister when she arrives) medicine, but I’d prefer not too. Again, it will help to build their immune system if they can fight it off on their own. Obviously, if her fever got really high or there was blood in her stool or something like that, I would take her in. As for knowing when to take her into the doctor, I usually call my mom or sister to get their opinion (what would I do without my support village?!), trust my mommy gut, and/or email my doctor. We have access to emailing our doctors and they always reply within an hour or two, so it makes it convenient to be able to check in with our doctor for advice without having to leave home.
- What are some natural remedies that you use to help your child feel better when he/she comes down with the flu/cold. I discovered essential oils last year and have loved using them for all sorts of things, but especially to naturally fight the cold and flu. I’m still learning so I always turn to Kymberly from Life With Kymberly Janelle for tips on what to use. For cough/congestion, I mix Thieves and R.C. with a carrier oil and rub it on Hazel’s chest or feet. And I also diffuse Frankincense and Lavender. To disinfect the house and kill all the germs, I clean with Theives cleaner. I also have a post here with my some natural remedies for the cold and flu that are safe for pregnancy. Everything I use is from Young Living. If you’re interested in oils or the thieves cleaner, just email me and I can get you hooked up with some 🙂
- Are you an advocate for the flu vaccine or do you choose to skip it? Why? I would say I fall somewhere in the middle. I never get the flu vaccine for myself, but we chose to give Hazel the vaccine. I know vaccines in general can be a controversial subject, but we chose to listen to what our doctor suggests (and I’ve done research on my own too). But I also respect others opinions who might differ from mine 🙂
- For solidarity, share your worse flu story. Have you been thrown up on? Did one flu bug cycle through your entire family causing you to have weeks of taking of a sick child (or husband)? Let all the moms reading this know they’re not alone in the struggles of taking care of sick children. I’ve only been a mom for 16 months so I don’t have any epic flu stories yet, but I have been thrown up on and it wasn’t even when Hazel was sick. I think she just had too much food in her stomach and I tried to get her to drink milk before bed. She drank a little and then sat up and threw up all over me. It broke my heart to see her throw up and I felt so bad for trying to get her to drink milk when she wasn’t hungry (I blame it on the fact that she struggled with weight gain and eating as a newborn so I was so used to having to make sure she drank all her milk). As far as actual flu stories go, I’ve got two…1) The first time I left Hazel overnight, she got her first fever. Oh, my mom guilt was hitting me so hard and I almost went home. Luckily, Cody was taking good care of her at home, and I had my sister and one of our friends, who is a labor and delivery nurse and also a mom, there to reassure me that Hazel was ok. 2) I got sick for the first time since being a mom last month, and it was miserable. I couldn’t hardly get out of bed or function at all. My mom and Cody both had to take time off of work so they could take care of Hazel while I stayed in bed for four days. I’m convinced that moms should never be allowed to get sick.
If you have any tips, tricks, or advice for dealing with sick kids, please tell me in the comments below. Or if you an epic flu season story, share that too!
Be sure to check out these amazing mama’s blogs for their flu season tips:
Amber Hill amberlately.com // Kymberly Janelle lifewithkymberlyjanelle.com // Stephanie Pollock stephpollock.com // Emily Lindsey happilylindsey.com // Carla Thompson curiousnatalia.com // Victoria Schneider thesoutherntrunk.com