November 12, 2018

Taking a Sick Day

*Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Bayer®. To make sure Bayer® products are right for you, always read and follow the label.

Being a mom is a full time job. But, unlike a regular 9 to 5, being a mom is a full time job that doesn’t come with sick days. You’ve always got to be on your game, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. No calling in sick.

Creating a Mom Sick Day Kit

If you’re a mom, you can agree that being sick and having to take care of little ones, is not fun. 

And while it may not always come first, now that the cold weather is here, its time to start taking care of ourselves and being extra vigilant in the fight against those pesky viruses ready to wreck havoc on your health.

But, if you do find yourself losing the battle against sickness, and so badly wanting to “call it in”, make sure you’re armed and ready to face it head on. 

Creating a Mom Sick-Day Kit

Arm yourself with a well-packed sick day kit, and be sure to include some of the following items,

For Tummy Troubles:

Chamomile Tea - helps ease the pain of an upset stomach. Keep a couple of packets in the cupboard to help reduce unpleasant cramping. 

Heating Pad - an inexpensive and cheerful way to soothe and calm your stomach. They also give you that warm comfy feeling that will make curling up on the couch much more pleasant (especially if you only have a few minutes before someone needs your attention).

For Cold & Flu:

Tissues - a no-brainer. There’s nothing worse than running out of tissues when your nose is leaking like a faucet. Keep your nose happy with a pack of your favourite soft tissues. 

Soup Packets - no on wants to cook when they’re sick and drinking soup is a great way to make sure you’re getting the liquids you need to stay hydrated. Soup is also a favourite amongst toddlers (or, at least mine), so its a win-win when you don’t need to make multiple meals.

Redoxon - a great way to get your vitamin C dose year-round whether you are sic or not. It is especially helpful when a cold throws off your usual diet, which always seems to happen when you’re sick. Just one tablet is equivalent to the vitamin C of 10 oranges**.  Available in great-tasting oranges flavours, Redoxon® also gives your water a fun fizz and flavour in case you’re getting tired of gulping down plain water all day. (**Not meant to replace food.)

hydraSense - clear your nose fast with a hydraSense® saline nasal spray. Just spray, blow and you’re clear. hydrSense is medicine-free, so you can use alongside your other cough and cold medicine. Made from 100% naturally sourced seawater, it is clinically proven to reduce and relieve nasal congestion and nasal cold symptoms. There is also a children’s version, incase they need a little help in the nasal department as well.

Creating a Mom Sick-Day Kit

For Headaches:

Over-the-Counter Pain Reliever - to help take the sting off your headache.

Essential Oils - while they may not have any scientific claim to healing, a nice peppermint, lavender or rosemary essential oil can help.

Ice Pack - can help to temporarily take the sting off a headache. Wrap the ice pack in a towel or cloth before applying for more comfort.

Creating a Mom Sick-Day Kit

With kids, sickness seems to be a never ending cycle of lovingly sharing germs. Especially if they’re in school. So, once those symptoms subside, be sure to plan ahead for the next round of sickness. Oh, the joys of parenthood.

Here are a few things you can keep on hand to get your back into your regular routine,

Getting Back on Track:

Hot Bath - when your partner gets home, pass of the kids and draw a hot bath to help clear your head and relax. Pour in some bubbles or essential oils, grab a good book and enjoy a nice, long soak. 

Sleep - nothing can truly rejuvenate your system like a full night’s rest (if you’re so lucky). Sleep plays such an important role in your overall health by reducing stress, improving mood and increasing energy. 

One A Day Multivitamins - when you are sick you may feel like you’ve been unable to eat anything, which means you may not be getting the important nutrients your body needs. One A Day® Gummies Plus Immunity Support contain zinc and vitamin C to help maintain immune health in a great-tasting gummy.

Motivational Playlist - a great playlist will lift your spirits and get you motivated to start moving again. And if you have kids that love to dance, a good dance party and a good laugh will make you feel that much better.

And there you have it - almost everything you need t make sure you’re prepared to fight the good fight when it comes to the cold weather crummies. Or in the case of being a mom, the things that can make being sick and chasing after the little ones just a little more bearable. 

REMEMBER, if your symptoms are severe or your find they are getting worse instead of better, or your children fall ill too, talk to your doctor about the best treatment for you and your family!

Do you keep a sick day kit at home? What are some of your sick day must-haves? I’d love to hear!

*Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Bayer®. To make sure Bayer® products are right for you, always read and follow the label.


Creating a Family Sick Day Kit

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