January 27, 2020

What's in Our Family Cold & Flu Survival Kit

Let’s face it, this winter has not been a great one – Mother Nature can’t decide if she’s warm, rainy, cold or snowy and it seems like everywhere you turn, someone is sick. For our family, it’s been a revolving door of cold and flu. So, how do YOU cope when your little ones are sick? Today, I’m sharing what’s in our family’s cold and flu survival kit.

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What's in Our Family's Cold & Flu Survival Kit

When you’re sick, getting enough sleep is important. And it all starts with a comfy mattress and pillow. The Endy Pillow can be optimized for any kind of sleeper. It is filled with shredded foam so you can fully customize your sleep experience. Everyone’s on the Endy train in our house – little Berk’s even has her own pillow in the crib.  

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You can read our thoughts on the Endy mattress here and here

During the winter months, the air in our house is extremely dry. To help with that, we have a few Saje ultrasonic diffusers running, including one that we put on during the night in the girls room. On the intermittent setting, it lasts for 9 hours, purifying and humidifying while infusing the air with essential oils. This diffuser also releases negative ions to reduce dust, pet dander and other airborne allergens (like dust mite matter).

For the diffuser in the girl’s room, we use Saje’s Aroma Fairy Children’s diffuser blend. This blend of marjoram, orange and lavender if safe for little ones, and helps them relax before bed. 

For other parts of the house, we add Saje’s Chill Out grounding blend to the diffuser. It is a mix of sandalwood, pine and clary sage which produces a more masculine, earthy smell (so my husband is also a fan). 

I picked up this roll-on at REI on our recent trip to Alaska, and keep it in my work bag. Peppermint oil known to aid in relieving migraines & headaches, ease sinus congestion as well as aiding the mind in focusing. If I have a stuffy nose, I apply it on my sinuses (but not too close to the eyes, or it will sting). If I have a headache, I apply it on my temples, across my forehead, and in between my eyebrows. And, if I just need a little pick me up, I apply it to the tip of my nose. This 100% pure peppermint oil is blended with 100% pure squalene oil (derived from the olive) to create an aromatherapy & therapeutic roll on.

I’m not a huge tea drinker (coffee all the way), but I often turn to this one in the winter months. It is a tummy-friendly infusion with peppermint, ginger and fennel to help keep you feeling soothed.

When the little ones don’t feel like eating, soup is always a good option. We always have a few packets of this soup on hand in our pantry, just in case. Just add water. And maybe some extra spaghetti noodles if you want to make it a little heartier. We also add small pieces of carrots to mix in a few veggies. 

Sometimes, medication is needed to help provide your little one relief. And for that, we’ve turned to Hyland’s 4 Kids Cold n’ Cough which temporarily relieves the symptoms of the common cold including nasal and chest congestion, runny nose, sore throat, sneezing and cough. It also comes in natural grape flavour, to help it go down. For children age 2-12 years. 

These Be Kool soft gel sheets are made to provide immediate cooling relief for your little one. They're portable and ready to use anywhere and anytime your child has fever discomfort, whether it be at home or on the go. The sheets gently adhere to children's foreheads, making them simple to apply. They're also sized to fit children's foreheads, offering just the right amount of cooling to maximize children's comfort for up to 8 hours. They also come in a fun Mickey Mouse and friends design, an added incentive for your little one not to rip it off (because yes, that is a valid concern).

The definition of fever changes with age, so should the thermometer you use when detecting a fever. Braun ThermoScan® 7 features the patented Age Precision® technology - an age-adjustable fever guidance that takes age into account to take the guesswork out of temperature measurement. The colour-coded display allows for easier interpretation of results, and comes with a night light for use in dark environments, like you little one’s bedroom. 

What's in your family's cold and flu survival kit? I'd love to hear!

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