Like any mom of small children, colds and mucus are the first guests in our house during the Fall and Winter, so at the first sign of a cold I become the “Doc Mom” my kids love it when I say that because of one of his favorite Disney shows, “Doc Mcstuffins” and just like the little character I also give lots of love to my family when they are sick, but as you know, kisses and hugs aren’t enough to to get rid of a cold or ease the discomfort, so here’s what I do at home to make my loved ones feel better when they are sick.
As you know, rest is the best medication, it helps our bodies recover when we are sick, kids for example are much better at resting than adults, because they DO listen to their bodies, so when my boys three and five year old have a cold I create an art box and we either sit on our bed or the sofa with a blanket and do lots of art, this keeps them entertained but they’re not running around which is not good when they are sick.
Saline Drops/Spray and Humidifier
This is must at my home, we have dozens of nasal saline sprays and my kids have been using them since they were 2 years old. Saline drops or spray contains no medication; it is just saltwater solution, and it helps to loosen and thin secretions in the nose, making it easier to breathe and if you set a humidifier in your child’s room when he’s sleeping it will help put moisture in the air, moistening the nasal passages as well.
Either water or juice, I push my kids to drinks lots of it, Gatorade or Pedialyte are also a good choice, keeping them hydrated is very important, specially if they don’t want to eat for a few days, if they’re drinking liquids it will keep them hydrated.
My Abuelita’s remedies
One of the things I stronger remember from when I was sick as a child was a Talavera bowl with the most delicious soup I’ve ever tasted, “My Abuelita’s vegetable soup” It had all the vegetables you can think of; corn, peas, carrots, potatoes, cauliflower, zucchini, green beans, tomato soup even rice! It tasted like heaven and I still remember the smell, a mix of vegetables, onion and tomatoes, so when my kids are sick I cook a big pot of “Abuelita’s vegetable soup” and give it to my children who love it!
Like any other Abuelita, mine tried to makes her grandchildren feel better when sick and what’s better for children than sweets like strawberry gelatin, I remember I wasn’t hungry but I would eat it because it tasted so good, so I do the same when my kids are sick and they also love it!
There’s nothing more embarrassing than sneezing, I mean really sneezing if you know what I mean and not have a tissue, that’s why all year long, but specially during cold weather, I have a box of Kleenex Share Pack o Pañuelos Kleenex in each room, I choose Kleenex because they’re so soft which makes a huge difference, specially when you sneeze 20-30 times a day, believe me you don’t want to look like Rudolph the Red Noise Reindeer even though is the Holidays right?
I also have in my house a Kleenex Care Pack which includes some of the must have items when you have a cold, such as; lip balm, hand sanitizer, coupon booklet, Kleenex® Brand Share Pack, Kleenex® Brand Slim Pack, and card redeemable to download four songs from up and coming Universal Music Artists.
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Now you know the best 5 tips to treat a kid’s cold, so you better start creating a “Doc Mom” Kit and include everything I suggested and to get you started I’m giving away a Kleenex Share Pack, because the cold arrives at your house it’s the first thing you’ll need.
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