It’s that time, where you need a flu or cold kit…
As a mother to a differently-abled child who gets frequently sick, I’ve been accustomed to flu or cold survival kits.
I wanted to compile my knowledge in hopes to help a mom currently battling the flu and cold season with absolutely NO idea where to start!
I’ve been there girlfriend!
When he was a little baby he was failure to thrive, which meant that getting sick was even more stressful for us.
As a baby it is tough to eat when you’re stuffy, but when you’re sick and don’t have the ability to suck and swallow well? You can see it made the situation even more difficult.
Our little guy was burning more he could consume and adding a cold or flu to the mix? Made it even more challenging and it made it harder for him to gain weight.
But back to battling the cold or flu, if you’re new at this or haven’t battled the cold or flu since your oldest one was little… you’ve come to the right place!
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The Ultimate Flu and Cold Survival Kit for Children
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Cold vs. Flu in Children – What’s the Difference?
Common Cold Symptoms:
- Sore throat
- Mild fever
- Sore throat
- Muscle soreness
- Weakness / Tired
- High fever
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My Child is Sick, Now What?
4 Simple Ways to Relieve Cold and Flu Symptoms
When our youngest was little, we stopped using the suction bulbs that hospitals gave us. It wasn’t very effective in sucking out all of the mucus and boogers.
I came across the Nose Freida from Frida Baby and had to give a shot. Some are squeamish because you need to suck with your mouth but there are filters to prevent mucus from going up.
It is actually very effective, I squirt some saline drops and BAM! I am able to suck out the nasty mucus to help our kids breathe a little easier. I don’t know about you, but I hate not being able to breathe out of my nose!
Fever control is very important with our youngest who is differently-abled. His genetic condition makes him susceptible to febrile seizures. What are febrile seizures exactly? Well they are seizures that are caused when they spike a very high fever too quickly.
That is why it is crucial for us to control his fevers! We usually alternate between ibuprofen and Tylenol. Tylenol is every 4 hours and ibuprofen is every 6 hours.
Make sure you have your child’s correct weight if you’re using a dosage chart from your child’s doctor. Our pediatric office gave us a dosing chart so we wouldn’t have to frequently call pharmacy or their office for dosage.
Children can get severely dehydrated quickly when they are sick. It is important to keep them hydrated! When ever our children are sick we stock up on Pedialyte.
When Jaxson was little and refused anything other then almond milk, we would mix it with pedialyte to ensure that he was staying hydrated. There was one time in Christmas 2017, me, my husband, and Jaxson were severely sick.
We couldn’t keep anything down, not even water. We knew we had to all be admitted to the Emergency Room, it was serious. They gave us fluid and anti-nausea medicine via catheter.
Some other ways to keep your child hydrated:
- Decaffeinated tea
- Diluted juice – Apple or grape juice
Sore Throat & Cough
It is hard for us to know when Jaxson has a sore throat because he is nonverbal. He does know some baby sign language but they are pretty basic: “help,” “more,” and “please.”
We can usually tell he has a sore throat by:
- Loss of appetite
- Nose congestion
- Raspy voice
My go to when he is coughing or has a sore throat is: Zarbee’s Naturals Cough Syrup. When Jaxson was little and couldn’t use most cough medicines because of the age requirement, I used Zarbee’s.
Make sure you check with your pediatrician first!
When to See the Doctor
If you suspect your child has the flu I would recommend seeing the doctor, they will prescribe your child some tamiflu. You can use these 4 relief tips in conjunction with tamiflu to give your child the best relief possible.
While you are treating the symptoms at home if your child’s symptoms worsen seek immediate medical attention. These symptoms may or may not include:
- An unusually high fever 104+
- Blue lips
- Wet coughs
- Rapid breathing / Stiff neck
PLEASE SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL ATTENTION FOR YOUR CHILD IF THEY ARE EXPERIENCING ANY OF THESE SYMPTOMS (Very Well Health).
My Final Thoughts on Cold and Flu Kit
Taking care of a sick child can be very difficult. It makes it even more challenging when your child is nonverbal and can’t communicate what he or she is feeling.
It is very scary!
But, take a deep breath. Work on keeping them hydrated during this rough time and alleviating their symptoms with my quick guide.
My favorite way of getting better was to drink some ginger ale, soup, and watch my favorite cartoons while being snug on the couch with a blanket.
How do you help your child alleviate their cold and flu symptoms?
Until next time!
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