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Monday, January 14, 2013

Colds and Kids

As the mother of a toddler and the wife of a public school employee, I am always worried about colds. Don't get me wrong, I can handle a cold and I don't really consider myself to be "sick" when I have a cold, but it breaks my heart when my son isn't feeling well. The slightest sniffle sends Mommy Brain into overdrive, I begin worrying about just about everything: his temperature, getting plenty of fluids into him, keeping him comfy.

As you might know, little children cannot safely take most medications intended to relieve a cold. I have heard Vicks Vapor Rub isn't safe for children either. Last week when my family came down with a nasty cold, I had to get creative to find relief for my son.

First things first, I aimed to keep his nose clear of mucus. A snotty nose is not fun for anyone, certainly not for someone that cannot blow their nose yet. We have a Snotarator which worked wonderfully for this. However, the snotty nose turned to a dry nose by the end of the day and I relied heavily on boogie wipes and a general saline spray in combination with the humidifier and I boiled a huge pot of water in the kitchen with cinnamon sticks for added moisture.

Next I gave my little one a nice warm Vapor bath to help him find relief.

Then I followed up with lots of fluids. To help his cough and scratchy throat I gave him 1 ounce of white grape juice to 7 ounces of water and I added a spoonful of local honey to the drink. This seemed to help him the most. Not only did he like the added sweetness the honey offered, but also he sounded better and was coughing less.

Finally, at bedtime we moved the humidifier into the room and I tried to keep him slightly elevated during the night.

I was relieved to see my son feeling better and ready to take on the world within 2 days. How do you comfort your children when they have a cold? I remember when I was a kid if I had a cold I got a dose of my Momawa's cough syrup (lemon, whiskey and honey) and it helped. My Momawa said "The lemon kills bacteria, the whiskey helps you sleep and the honey soothes."




Saturday, January 5, 2013

The Path (Of Destruction)

Motherhood is an adventure to say the least.

The instinct of quiet= not good! was illustrated to me this week when my son discovered he is in fact tall enough to reach cookies on the counter, and he can dash right into his play room without Mama knowing what he is doing... if he is quiet.The smears of chocolate on his face, hands and shirt gave him away. When his Dad asked why he wasn't eating his dinner, my son and I shared a knowing look...

The idea that noise means your kids are not getting into trouble was a dispelled myth not long ago. My husband asked me why are there photos of an absolute mess on the computer? That reminded me of this day:

 I took a few extra moments in the bathroom to try a new eye shadow. If I were to guess I would say I spent 6 minutes in the bathroom, with the door cracked, mind you. The normal sounds of play greeted my ears. Keep in mind, my kid is a rambunctious 2 year old.

When I returned from my eye shadow experience, the sight that greeted me first made me shake my head at the sight of the little play room.

Slightly messy, but not too bad! I can in fact leave my son to play for 5 minutes or even a little longer!!
Or Can I?
 I gasped in horror as the tornado's destruction became apparent.
He literally just started dragging everything he could get his hands on out and on to the floor. It was crazy! Flashcards, my bra, trucks, old pillows from the closet, dinos... you name it. On my floors it could be found.

And it just kept going, the mess, the toys, the random household items. 

In 6 minutes 

This boy, who has the cutest little angel face, turned into the tornado and made a path of destruction that stretched from one end of the house to the other.

So, yeah... noise doesn't always equal normal play.

We spent the remainder of the day salvaging the house. Toys were put back into their places, random household stuff was tucked away for another rampage.

While I was cleaning, I moved the furniture around. The love seat was moved to the other side of the room as were other random things.

My husband came home and asked the question to make a stay at home Mom scream in anguish. "So, what did you do today?"

 I said "I lounged by the pool."

He said "Oh, really? It is winter?"

I said "Oh, you know how it is. I had the time, and that always relaxes me."