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Winter is here, and I know for us that means more time indoors, and more colds. We have been so lucky over the past month or so, but I know it is coming to our house soon. I’m working on getting prepared, and I have 6 tips for you today on how to survive Winter cold season as a mom. I also have a printable medicine log you can print and keep track of your whole family’s medicine dosages and schedule all on one sheet. I know when it comes down to a sick mom, and sick kids, it can be hard to keep track, so hopefully, that is helpful.
My first tip is just to be prepared. I hate when it is 9:00 pm and one of my kiddos suddenly has a fever, and I have no medicine in the house, or worse, I have it, but it’s expired. I try to keep over the counter medicines for my kiddos and myself on hand, plus a thermometer that is in good shape and working correctly. It can also be a great idea to have some extras, such as cough drops on hand, as well.
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My next tip is to be sure that everyone is drinking fluids- all the time, not just when you are sick. Water is so important, and staying hydrated can help your body fight off colds, even before they hit. Once a cold does hit, be sure to stay hydrated with water, and any clear drinks that your kiddos like, since convincing them to drink water can sometimes be a real pain. Everyone in our house loves warm tea, too, especially when there is a sore throat involved. Honey is a great addition.
Next, it can be a good idea to have some freezer meals on hand this time of year- something that you can just pull from the freezer and put into the oven, no “cooking” needed. Also, don’t feel guilty if your family has to get food out. This is one time that you can do that, totally guilt-free.
Then, be sure to get plenty of rest. When you aren’t caring for others, make sure you are caring for yourself and getting plenty of rest so you can get better. This would be a time for me when laundry would go undone, I’d get groceries delivered, etc… that way I’d have one less thing on my plate.
Now, for my last tip, you might think it is too late, but it’s absolutely not. This is a great time to practice handwashing. Then, when everyone gets better, really get into practicing and making it a habit for everyone, if it isn’t already. Kiddos need lots of reminding, but having good handwashing habits, and good little hand washers, is going to really help out this time of year.
You can click here to download this handy medication log. You can use it to keep track of all of your family’s doses and medications they’re taking. You can see how I would fill it out in my example below. This can also be so helpful if your kiddo needs prescription medication, or if you have questions for your pharmacist about what medications are safe and when they should be taken. Hopefully, this is one thing off your brain and your plate this time of year.