Some of our favorites:
- Acetaminophen (Children's Tylenol is a popular brand) for those night-time aches and sore throats.
- Cool Mist Humidifiers My kids have ones shaped like animals, and they love them. I love that they humidify the room, but don't get hot so there's no risk of burns.
- Warm drinks are a favorite I love to give my young children warm water with a squeeze of lemon juice and honey. (Yes, it's lemonade. But so healthy, right?!) The warm water soothes swollen muscles in the throat, the lemon cuts through any gunk, and the honey is an antibacterial agent and also helps soothe muscles rubbed raw from coughing or mucus. Please don't tell our dentist, but on occasion I've put this in their sippy cup at night when they can't stop coughing.
- Homemade cough syrup You can take an onion (or garlic or ginger) and slice it up, then layer the slices in a glass jar with sugar in between each slice, using 1 cup sugar for 1 large onion. Let it sit on the counter a day or 2 until macerated, then strain the juices into a clean jar and store in the fridge. This is great for helping coughs be more productive, as it breaks up phlegm in the throat. We give our kids a teaspoon of it when they need it, and they love it.
- Warm meals and healthy food whenever they're hungry I like to get Chicken Noodle or Chicken With Wild Rice into their tummies as well as other foods focusing on plant proteins in my kids when they're sick such as beans and rice, wheat bread and peanut butter, etc. In addition I fix comfort dishes such as casseroles, breads, puddings, etc.
- Warm baths before bed especially with soothing and aromatic Lavender and vanilla my favorite product is Johnson & Johnson's Aveeno Baby Calming Comfort Bath (pictured below post.)
- Hug and cuddle time. Kangaroo care isn't just for infants! Especially when they're sick, kids need love and touch. Find some great children's books, and that cozy quilt, or a favorite yet relaxing movie and snuggle up.
What are some of the things YOU do for your sick loved ones?