The last 72 hours have been devoted to caring for my sick child. The cold he came down with on Saturday took a turn for the worse on Sunday, making him wheeze heavily and have strong chest retractions. We ended up in the emergency room on Sunday night, and we were sure they would be admitting him overnight in order to stabilize him like the last time he was sick, but thankfully, his breathing got better during our 4-hour time there. My poor little guy has to be on a steroid and nebulizer treatments for a while, and I am always a bit scared when prescription medications are involved. He is breathing better now though, and that is the most important thing.
Jeramy and I have been fighting to keep the cold at bay as well. Neither of us are very symptomatic, and I am hoping it stays that way.
In addition to the modern medicine, we have been using:
~LOTS of tissues.
~Badger Aromatic Balm for a natural alternative to vapor rub.
~Orange and Carrot Juice, because vitamin C and beta carotene increase the number of illness fighting cells in the body.
~Echinacea Tea for a soothing, warm, immunity boosting drink. I also made Simon some poured over ice cubes, which he loved when his throat was particularly ragged from coughing.
~Teaspoons of *raw, local honey, to soothe sore throats.
~Heaps of garlic added to our food for an immunity boost.
~Relaxation. The dishes and scattered toys are less important than reading lots of stories and singing extra lullabies.
What are your favorite soothing cold remedies?
*Honey not considered safe for kids under age 1.