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This past month was NOT a healthy one in our house. My husband had bronchitis he couldn't kick and my 3 & 5 year old both had pneumonia - my oldest (who is never sick) actually got hit with pneumonia, strep throat, and a double ear infection all at once. Miraculously in all of this the baby stayed healthy! I'm hoping now that Spring is finally here in Maine, the windows will be open and the germs will stay out! After this month of craziness, I decided to put together a Sick Day Survival Kit - here's what I did:
Find a storage bin
I found a great bin at Target for only a couple dollars, so I bought several to help with spring organization in our house. For this kit, I was looking for something rectangular and big enough to fit all the essentials but would still fit on the shelf. This fits the bill, and truthfully I like that it's a hard plastic for easy cleaning (important when dealing with sickies).
Purchase the necessities
Most of the items in this survival kit were purchased at Target, with a few items from our local toy store. Here's What I've included:
Little Remedies® Probiotic Plus Electrolytes
Little Remedies® Fever & Pain Reliever
Little Remedies® Sore Throat Pops
Little Remedies® Saline Mist
Gentle saline wipes for stuffy noses
Wash clothes - for washing up or using as a cold clothe
Aroma therapy hot/hold pack
Antibacterial wipes - for cleaning up & minimizing the spreading of the germs
Deck of cards
Special new movie
New water bottle with straw
New book with stickers
An activity/coloring book
My boys both really struggled with the strong antibiotics upsetting their little bellies, and my oldest had no appetite or energy for a long stretch (he lost 7 lbs!). I wanted them to have a probiotic and was excited to find the new Little Remedies Probiotic Plus Electrolytes - we found it in the digestive aisle at target and it's been a great supplement for them to help them bounce back. It tastes like berries and was easy for them to take (win!). I also like that it contains 5 billion active cultures of the probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (which I always look for) giving them digestive and immune support, plus it contains electrolytes to help support hydration* (which other than popsicles we were struggling with). It's so hard to see your kiddos sick - I'm so thankful to have them on the mend and back to their old tricks.
*This statement has not been evaluated by the food and drug administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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Include your pediatricians number
You probably have this in a couple of locations, but it's a good idea to also have your pediatrician's phone number in your sick day kit - avoid scrambling around or having to look it up. I used a label, and have our Dr.'s name and number easily visible inside the bin.
Find a storage spot with easy access
I have the sick day survival kit stored on the first shelf in our laundry room. It's up high enough so the kids won't dive into it, but readily accessible when sickness strikes. Also a good idea to put a label on the front so anyone (spouse, grandparent, sitter) can find it quickly - I love chalk board labels.
What are your sick day essentials??
To help stock up your sick day survival kit - take advantage of the great Little Remedies deal at target going on now- Buy 1 Little Remedies product and get a $5 Target Gift Card offer starting 4/24 and runs through 5/14
Thanks as always for stopping by!
I'm Rebecca, a Maine mom of three energetic young boys and wife of a lobsterman, living in my favorite place, the coast of Maine. You'll find me here talking about my parenting journey, mom style, recipes, running and exercise, travel, stories from our life in Maine and so much more! Most days I'm just figuring it out as I go - Thanks so much for stopping by!