Not just "runny nose" sick. Not just "cough, cough, oh, I feel a little sick." But real, live Stomach Bug sick. Yeah, that kind.
On top of it, my husband was out of town for work. Across the Atlantic ocean. I was solo, fighting my own brutal battle while putting my kids health and comfort first (as mothers do. sigh).
Oh, the misery! The misery!
A few things did help the situation, and I am stocking up on these items again now so that when the next time this happens-- because it will happen again-- I want to be prepared. Nothing quite ups the misery factor than dragging two sick kids to the drugstore when you feel like a lump. Here's what to have in your pantry to avoid the madness.
Food to stock up on:
- Cans of chicken noodle soup or broth.
- Gatorade and ginger ale.
- Black tea and ginger tea.
- Extra credit: keep a stash of dry white rice in your house (the wheat has too much fiber and could upset your stomach more).
I lived on the above for a few days. My kids also managed to consume toaster waffles and applesauce.
Sick Day Toys/Activities: Keeping a stash of sick day toys in a cabinet is borderline genius if you ask me.
- Coloring books, crayons, a couple new kids DVDs, play-doh, and books are all good bets. Keeping the kids occupied inside all day when no one is feeling well is exhausting, but having a few "new" things can help.
- Peppermint oil: Whether or not you've joined the essential oils bandwagon, peppermint oil certainly can't hurt the situation, as it is supposed to help with nausea. I added drops of it to the kids humidifiers and mixed it with tea tree oil for the diffuser in the kitchen. I really do think it helped. At least my house smelled better.
- Heating pad: I had terrible sharp pains in my stomach, and the heating pad helped.
- Pedialyte Freezer Pops: I credit my sister with this one, who has told me to buy them for years. Store them at room temperature and put them in the freezer when needed; the kids think they are having a treat while getting rehydrated with Pedialyte.
One last help, that money just can't buy, were the offers from a few good (very good) friends to help us-- whether it was to bring by some food or even just to check in via text. It kept me [somewhat] sane.
What has helped when you and your kids have been sick? What would you add to this list?
~Julia @ Frantic Mama