I am really excited to share with you that I have partnered with KnowYourOTCs.org for the next 6 months to bring you important information about safe use, storage, and disposable over-the-counter (OTC) products.
Parenting while you are sick yourself has to be one of the hardest things as a parent. Usually my Mom immunities are pretty strong, but last week I got hit with one of the worst colds I have ever had. The triplets were sick just two weeks prior and I thought I was in the clear, but obviously not. This cold came at me with a vengeance and it’s not like I could call in sick to my job as a Mother. I had to get it together the best I could, take my day time medicine and mucus relief, and conquer. I have learned it is important to enter the flu season with all my OTC medications that I know help me best.
This keeps me prepared for any sickness for myself and Ry, but I believe it’s also extremely important to ensure I am prepared for the kids while we are in this season as well. For me the worst is when the triplets come down with a cold and I realize I don’t have a pain reliever or vapor rub that can really make a difference when sickness hits our home. So I be sure to stock up on my favorite OTC medicines that really help my kids in getting better faster.
Cough, Cold, & Flu
The triplets often need breathing treatment when a cold hits our home, so we do everything we can to help prevent it from getting there. We have learned a lot about what to look for and when it is time to go to the Doctor whether it be a cough, cold, or flu.
Some of the common symptoms of the Flu are pain and fever, congestion, cough, runny nose and sneezing. It is also NOT too late to get your flu vaccine. I, myself, just got mine recently. It is also important to keep your children updated on vaccinations, as well. You can also find some helpful tips for adults here during the sick season.
Last week when I was sick I experienced multiples symptoms. I was congested, experienced body aches, soar throat, and a cough. Many of us, or our kids, experience this when sickness comes. Is important to always read the drug facts and label on your OTC medicines because you want to be sure that you or your child aren’t taking two medicines that contain the same active ingredient.
Here are a few important things to remember able labels and dosage:
- Always read the drug facts!
- Never give oral cough/cold medicines to children under the age of 4.
- Preventing tips: wash your hands, stay home when you are sick, stay up to date on immunizations, and cough in your elbow (I am working on this one with my trio).
- If you are experiencing flu like symptoms to go to the Doctor on Day 1 or 2, especially if you are high-risk: children under 2, adults over 65, pregnant women, and anyone with complicated or severe illness.
As parents, we do our best to take care of kids and keep them well, not to mention ourselves, but with all the knowledge KYOTC’s 2 has to offer, we can truly be prepared if sickness hits our home and learn how to safely handle and administer medicines to our children and ourselves. Thank you #KnowYourOTCs for the all the wonderful tips! For my information click here.