Simplify the Season : Put Together a Sick Kit

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If you have little ones, there’s a pretty good chance that at some point in the next few months someone’s going to get sick.  And for whatever reason it seems to always comes at the busiest most inopportune time.  Am I right?  I always put together a little sick kit in the fall just in case.  (For the record, I am ALL about prevention: vitamins, eating lots of fruits and veggies, hand washing, frequent cleaning….but we still get sick.)

Some things you might include:

  • soup
  • ginger ale/ gatorade/
  • crackers
  • tylenol/motrin
  • cough syrup/cough drops/cold tablets
  • jell-0
  • applesauce
  • charcoal tablets
  • activity books

Put Together a Sick Kit via Clean Mama

What would you add to the kit?  Do you plan ahead for illness to strike or just wait and see?

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Comments

  1. What do you use the charcoal tablets for?

  2. Mary Beth says:

    This is also a great idea for those of us with kids in college. Send it as a “just-in-case” care package or have it ready for them to take back to school with them after the Thanksgiving break.

  3. Evelina Snell says:

    Becky – I do this too, but I also add adult medicines (kept in our Master Bathroom linen closet): adult cough medicine, Nyquil – day and night, Mucinex, Advil, Vicks – I also have the baby one for my kids even though they are all much older. I know I never have time to get sick! But it helps to be prepared too :) Thanks for the reminder to get these things together!

  4. I have 1 thing I read about online that I’m doing this year. Zip Lock bags in each kids’ room in case they get a stomach bug (usually in the middle of the night). Typically they can’t seem to make it to the bathroom. :(
    My Daddy would say the bag will be like a talisman to keep the tummy bug away. :)

  5. What is the activated charcoal for?

    • I have the activated charcoal for a stomach bug – if you feel like something’s coming on you can take the charcoal hourly. Once the stomach bug has started it isn’t as useful. It pulls the toxins out of the stomach and keeps the virus from taking full effect. (I’m not a doctor or medical professional, do your research and ask your doctor)
      xo, Becky

  6. I have a storage tote with our cold/flu medications as well. I have also included boxes of tissues, cough drops for the adults and honey lollies for the kids. Hand sanitizer too for when my husband gets sick. He brings home some nasty bugs!

  7. I’m curious why you add charcoal tablets? I know they are for poisoning, but I have never heard of a use for them while sick.

    • I have the activated charcoal for a stomach bug – if you feel like something’s coming on you can take the charcoal hourly. Once the stomach bug has started it isn’t as useful. It pulls the toxins out of the stomach and keeps the virus from taking full effect. (I’m not a doctor or medical professional, do your research and ask your doctor)
      xo, Becky

  8. Activity books are a great idea – We have a box of rainy day activities and one of extra special sickly day activities too – with extra sparkles and a lot of stickers.
    The only extra thing we have in our medicine cabinet is rehydration salts.
    I also keep a box in the bathroom with old towels and bed mats in – really handy to put under the kiddiwinks emergency potty!

    Cindy – Zip-lock bags? Genius yet very grim all rolled into one!

  9. This is such a fantastic idea to have all of this handy in one tote! Thanks for sharing, I’m going to work in building my own sick tote.

  10. Great idea! I am a huge advocate of unpasteurized honey when not feeling well. We make hot drinks of fresh squeezed lemon and fresh grated ginger with honey and put it in a caraf beside the couch.the lemon and ginger would not survive the storage time though. They would have to be bought fresh. The other thing we use is Popsicles for sore throats. And HALLS cough drops. Thanks!!

  11. This is the perfect idea to help out another family that seems to always get a bug. A friend of mine has a cold right now. Thanks for this. I will be sharing!

  12. I love the idea of having this all in one place. My son has a chronic disease so we often have a sick kit. But it is stored with all our items in the pantry. Gatorade or Powerade is magic for him when he gets sick. I also like to have any medical instruments nearby like a thermometer.

  13. Love this idea! I’m going to make one for my son who’s away at college. Hopefully he won’t break into the soup just because he’s hungry late at night. :-)

  14. I have tried the 1 tablespoon water and 1 tablespoon medicated rub in a wax warmer. I would keep the medicated rub in the kit even though it’s more for colds. Tis the season!

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