The children in our little city seem to be passing a nasty stomach bug around! The latest person just happened to be my Jacob! Sadly, I had not replenished my sick items since the last illness and I was unprepared. Next time I promise to take my own advice. After being caught unprepared, I wanted to re-publish this article just in case any of my readers needed a friendly reminder.
I’m a firm believer in being over prepared (although like I mentioned above sometimes I have not had time to restock), especially when it comes to children! We all know that illness always seems to hit at the wrong time (driving down the road, on the way to school, special occasions, holidays, etc…) Though all of those times would count as poor timing, there is never really a convenient time to get sick.
However, an illness is always easier for me to tackle when I have my “sick supplies” handy! With two boys it is not always convenient to run out when either kid is under the weather. It is even more inconvenient when mom or dad is also sick! So here is a list I have compiled, and try to keep readily available.
Here is my list:
I updated the list from the previous post. An * can be found next to the new items.
plastic bucket-A small clean plastic bucket is awesome to have in both your car and home. The ones they sell at Halloween for trick-or-treating are just the right size when your kid may not be able to make it to the bathroom. Bags are also good, but buckets tend to be just the right size for catching vomit and are less likely to be missed.
thermometer-We have had our thermometer for the past 8 years, and it has been a lifesaver! A good, trustworthy thermometer is a must have when you have children. We use the Braun Thermoscan Ear Thermometer and love it!
Pedialyte-I like to have the bottles of pre-made Pedialyte on hand, as well as the powder packets. It is important to be able to replace the electrolytes and nutrients that are lost when they’re vomiting or experiencing diarrhea. I don’t give Sprite, Ginger Ale, or Gatorade because they all contain high levels of sugar. Sugar also tends to make diarrhea worse.
*Pediatlyte popsicles-If your child has a high fever, then providing them with a Pediatlye popsicles will help reduce their fever, as well as hydrate them. Regular sugar popsicles are not recommending if the child has diarrhea, like I mention below, sugar tends to agrivate diarrhea and make it worse.
bananas-No one in my family loves bananas, but they do serve a valuable purpose and they are cheap to keep on hand. The potassium they contain replenishes all of the good stuff that is lost during the yucky bathroom episodes.
apple sauce-Apples are gentle on the stomach, easy to eat, and have a load of health benefits!
saltine crackers-Again not a very expensive item, but a must in case of sickness. I find they are good to give my boys if they are not feeling very hungry, but need to take medicine that is required to be taken with food.
yogurt-My boys love yogurt, but yogurt low in sugar is best when intestinal issues are causing problems. Yogurt contains probiotics, and probiotics are awesome for so many reasons!
*probiotics-I am adding this item to the list, because there are times when your kids will not eat yogurt, but having them take a probiotic will get their gut health back to normal as quick as possible.
white rice-It is bland, easy to eat and gentle on the stomach. Brown rice is obviously healthier, but it has a lot of fiber. Fiber is not your friend when you are being plagued by tummy problems.
chicken-Easy to eat and good to have on hand to make chicken soup. My family’s chicken soup recipe is beloved, and is always made when one of the kids/grandkids are sick. Here is the link to our family recipe http://bit.ly/1JCKJL6
chicken broth-It is great to have on hand to keep the kids hydrated, as well as the many health benefits it offers.
fever reducer-For those times you cannot get your child’s fever to come down on its own. Make sure you speak with your pediatrician and check updated information for dosages before using. *I recommend having both Tylenol and Motrin on hand.
tissues-I love the tissues with added lotion. It isn’t fun to look like Rudolph even during Christmas!
honey-(after age 1) Awesome for sore throats, and much healthier to use than cough syrup. All of the items I mentioned are inexpensive, and for the most part items that most homes have on hand. What items do you keep on hand just in case of illness? What would you add to the list above?
*Lysol wipes-To wipe down any handles, door knobs, or surfaces that are used frequently. This will go a long way in preventing the spread of illness.
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