Avoid scrambling at the last minute when you have sick kids – build your own mom’s little sick kit to make sure you have everything on hand when needed!
The first time I truly had to deal with a sick baby of my own was last summer when my doll of a son decided that licking an aquarium tank was a good idea. By that night, he’d already spiked a 104 fever and we were researching any and every way to make him feel better. To be completely honest, I simply wasn’t prepared for the double ear infection and miserable, miserable 1-year-old that followed. We didn’t have any kind of medicine for a situation like this because we didn’t expect it to happen so soon – especially in the middle of July! Since we live in a very small house, we have to be extremely conscious of what we keep on hand and what we’ll just have to run out to the store for. This is why I’ve created what I call, “Mom’s Little Sick Kit.”
Mom’s Little Sick Kit
Mom’s Little Sick Kit is my teeny tiny little box of the bare essentials that a mom needs to make sure her little one gets the best she can provide him when he’s feeling down without taking up a ton of space. I remember my parents having a medicine closet of pills and syrups and creams and gauze. We just don’t have the space here to put all of that, so we have to make do with the bare minimum.
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So what does a mom put in her Little Sick Kit?
First and foremost, a thermometer is a MUST. If you have littles like I do, invest in a decent rectal thermometer – it’s the most accurate.
Pain reliever. I am loving Little Remedies® acetaminophen. It’s great for fevers and teething pains and doesn’t contain any of the weird stuff that is in other commercial child’s pain relievers. Win.
Bandages and an antibiotic ointment. As a mom to a toddler boy, I know that spills, cuts, bumps, and bruises are just going to happen. I make sure we have (fun!) bandages and antibiotic ointment to keep any battle wounds he aquires clean.
Soft saline wipes. Another thing that happens? Boogers. The next three are how we combat them. Soft saline wipes are a great alternative to rougher tissues, especially for kiddos who aren’t quite there with the whole, “blowing your own nose” thing.
Saline spray. Our pediatrician actually recommended this for Owen when he was a newborn to help loosen the mucus/amniotic fluid that was stuck from a quick delivery. A quick shot of this saline spray up his nose, let it sit, aaaaannnd..
Nasal Aspirator. Suck it on out. I found this nasal aspirator at Target the other day and was SO excited. We’ve all heard the horror stories of mold in aspirators since they can’t be cleaned or dried very well. Well, this one’s base comes off so you can clean it out! Genius, right? And perfect for my big ball of spit up, ha!
Electrolytes. A new addition to our Sick Kit is Little Remedies® Probiotic Plus Electrolytes. A few months ago Ryan threw up for the first time and I was in a dead panic not knowing what to do. I remember saying to Alex something along the lines of, “Oh no! We don’t even have any of those special sick kid drinks!” Yes, I was stressed out. Thankfully, I don’t have to worry about keeping multiple big bottles of who knows what on hand – I can just keep these awesome packets of Little Remedies® Probiotic Plus Electrolytes!
Little Remedies® Probiotic Plus Electrolytes is a powdered drink that you mix into water for your children and contains electrolytes to provide vital minerals and nutrients to help support hydration* – which everyone needs when they’re sick. It also contains 5 billion active cultures of the probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG, which helps keep the digestive system in balance and supports immune function.* It’s the ONLY pediatric product that combines a probiotic and electrolytes in 1 convenient packet, which I love because it means less worrying and more comforting for me. It has a great berry taste, and most important to parents like myself who want to give their child the best, no artificial dyes, artificial flavors, parabens AND it’s gluten free. Amazing, right?
So that’s what’s in our Little Sick Kit – but depending on the child and the family, you can change the content to your desire.
Hand sanitizer. We have a big pump hand sanitizer dispenser in the kitchen, but it’s nice to know that if one is sick, you have some hand sanitizer in your kit to combat spreading the ick.
Cough syrup. We’re lucky that Ryan hasn’t battled a cough yet, but I will definitely be buying the Little Remedies version when the time comes as it has the same lack of artificial flavors and dyes, parabens and gluten as the other products.
Cough drops. I just saw these and they’re awesome – honey drop sticks! How smart is this, so that you can give your kids a cough drop without worrying about them choking on them? Little Remedies makes them and I know that I’ll be getting them for the next cold season!
Gas drops. If you have a little one who often suffers from gas, this is a must.
Allergy medicine. We actually do have normal antihistamines in our house, but I need to pick up some for kids as a precaution.
(I do want to say that even though this is a sponsored post, some of these Little Remedies products were not a requirement for me to talk about – I just genuinely love and use them.)
*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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So tell me – what’s in your Mom’s Little Sick Kit? Are you prepared for any kind of sickness? Let me know in the comments!