Saturday, January 19, 2013

Flu and Cold Remedies

Dan has been sick all week with the flu. Booooo. I feel so bad for the guy, he hardly ever gets sick, but when he does it's a doozy of a bug.

Here are some remedies that we use when we're sick:

Hot Sprite and Lemon - Danny's Mom Stella swears by this. Squeeze half a lemon into a pipping hot cup of Sprite. Sip slowly

Vicks Vaporizer- Use a big towel and drape it over your head to create a little steam hut. This will help clear you sinuses and loosen up that yucky stuff.

Cold Cloth- Sometimes it's nice to have a cold cloth on your head at nighttime.

Chicken Broth and Dry Toast- Drink lots of fluids including water! Eat bland foods that are easy to digest.

Ricola Cough Drops with Echinacea- Very refreshing and less medicinal tasting than Halls and other brands + they have the added benefit of echinacea.

Tylenol PM- For those achy nights when you can't fall asleep. They are also good for reducing fevers.

Gargling- warm salt water or a mixture of half hydrogen-peroxide half water. Don't swallow it!!! Just gargle and spit out. Both solutions are good methods for killing germs. (I don't recommend using the hydrogen-peroxide/water solution with children).

Massage- Sometimes muscles get really sore when your sick. A nice neck and shoulder massage can do wonders.

Plenty of Sleep - I think Dan slept 15 hours a day this past week! We was wiped out.

And here is a really cute idea for a "Get Well" kit from Creature Comforts.

*These are remedies that I have used and found helpful...You should always consult with your doctor before using medication and home remedies.

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