As winter is almost over, the ‘sick’ season is still here. My kids are now sick and every time this happens, it takes me a few days to realize I need to do something about it. So I’ve come up with a few things I should be doing on day 1, so by day 3 we can skip the doctors office and be on our way to getting better.

Humidifier. I’m pretty good at getting the humidifier out the minute one of us has a runny nose. I feel like it really helps, providing some relief, so this is usually the first thing I do. We use the Ultrasonic Humidifier from Vicks. This one is fairly quiet and pretty easy to clean.

Water, Water, Water. I don’t drink enough water myself, so offering it to my kids is hard to remember. But when they’re sick I do try to fill a sippy cup for each of them that they drink from all day. Water does have healing properties, replenishing the body and can help flush out toxins. I just need to make it a habit to drink my recommended eight glasses a day.

Airborne/Emergen-C. If I can sense one of us starting to get sick, I try to give a dose of Airborne or Emergen-C right away. It can help boost their immune system, sometimes preventing them from getting sick. I know when I feel a cold coming, like that scratchy feeling in the back of my throat, I take an Airborne and it tends to go away. You gotta love the option to get rid of it before it even comes!

Sleep. My kids do pretty good in this area. Most of the time when they’re sick, they’re too tired to care when I put them to bed early. Getting to bed early is important, as they always feel better in the morning. It’s also helpful for me to remember when I’m sick – the benefit of getting a good night’s rest.

Calling The Doctor Nurse. My pediatrician’s nurse is great to answer questions over the phone, she tells me to call her anytime my kids are sick. I try to call ahead of time, finding out if there’s something I can do for them at home, before I go in and pay $25 for the doctor to say that it’ll just have to run it’s course. Almost always, she simply suggests one of the before mentioned items, humidifier, water, sleep, but it’s great to get a “professional’s” opinion.

What tips and tricks do you have when your kids get sick?