My Winter Sickness-Buster Tricks! #FindYourHealthy

How I arm myself against winter, with sickness-prone kids! From FunCheapOrFree.com

Many of you know I live in Utah. Many of you also know I have four sickness-prone kiddos (they all have horrible ears, noses, and throats). The combination tends to make for a rough winter in the Page household.

Over the years I've armed myself with some products, tips, and even tricks to help keep our house as healthy as possible through cold and flu season! CVS asked me to share my favorites as part of their #FindYourHealthy campaign, so here you go!

First up is probably one of my most viral life-hack tips of all times…the easiest way EVER to de-germ your kids' toys:

Toss 'em in the dishwasher!

The EASIEST way to de-germ toys! From FunCheapOrFree.com
This was one of my earliest blog posts and continues to be one of the most popular.

It's simple, really, take any toys that don't have batteries, wooden parts, toys with buttons or small parts, etc. and toss them in the dishwasher! I put large toys on the bottom, put small random things in the silverware basket, or even in a mesh bag:

The EASIEST way to de-germ toys! From FunCheapOrFree.com
and I put the smaller toys on the top:
The EASIEST way to de-germ toys! From FunCheapOrFree.com

 

Run a cycle as usual, I even add some natural dish wash,  just make sure the heated dry is off so you don't melt your toys!

Once the toys are de-germed,

Here are my go-to sickness busters for me and the kiddos:

How I arm myself against winter, with sickness-prone kids! From FunCheapOrFree.com

1. HAND SANITIZER! I keep a huge bottle in my kitchen, one in my purse, one in my car, and one in my husband's truck. Even when my kids say they have washed their hands, we are still all about the sanitizer.

2. GUMMY VITAMINS. Yes, they are basically candy. But do we care? They are vitamins, for Heaven's sake! My kids not only love them, they beg for them. Truth be told we actually use them to bribe our kids to eat more veggies at dinner. No joke. 

3. CHEWABLE PROBIOTICS. Probiotics are friendly bacteria that help with digestive health and bowel function. Without too many TMI's, let's just say it really helps when things in the bathroom aren't quite going as planned.

4. FLUSHABLE WIPES. Continuing from the TMI in aisle 3, flushable wipes are a LIFESAVER with a capital L in the bathroom during sick kid season. They are also handy for snotty noses and wiping up just about any kind of mess.

5. ALL-DAY PAIN RELIEF. Especially when you have aches and chills, Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen are a must-have. No reason to be miserable, kick that pain!

6. VITAMIN C. This is Bubba's personal favorite. He loves chewable Vitamin C; loves the smell, the taste, and he swears it's a miracle supplement.

7. HUMIDIFIERS + VAPOR. In Utah it's quite dry in the winter, so I don't hesitate for one moment running warm air humidifiers almost every night in my kids' rooms. This truly has been a game-changer for my little mouth breathers. When a cough, stuffy nose, or scratchy throat is coming along for the little guys, I add some vapor to the mix and it's magic.

8. CHEWABLE MULTI-VITAMINS. I know I've hit vitamins quite a bit, but another kind we like are the typical chewable multi-vitamins for us and our kids. When kids don't feel well they most likely don't want to eat much, but we can almost always get them to take down a vitamin so we know they are getting at least a little nutrition.

9. COLD & FLU RELIEF FOR KIDS. My little guys get gnarly fevers when they are sick so I have an embarrassing amount of this stuff lying around. I have learned the hard way too many times that you always seem to need it most in the middle of the night when all the stores are closed! It also helps with sneezing, sore throat, and other miserable symptoms.

10. POCKET TISSUES. After too many raw noses because all I could find in my car was a rough drive-through napkin. By keeping those little pocket packs on-hand in my car, purse, nightstand, kitchen drawer, and kids' rooms, I always have something soft for those sad, boogery noses!

In addition I like to diffuse essential oils, disinfect surfaces with disinfecting wipes and spray, and make sure my kids are getting plenty of sleep.

So there you go!

I'm sure I'm forgetting a few things, but you get the idea. By keeping products like these on-hand you can keep yourself and your family feeling much better this cold and flu season!

What are YOUR tricks for fighting cold and flu season?

Have a great week!

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I’m proud to partner with CVS/pharmacy for the #FindYourHealthy campaign. I am being sponsored by CVS/pharmacy for my posts and activities, but all opinions expressed are my own, and all product claims or program details shared should be verified at CVS.com or with the appropriate manufacturers.

Comments

  1. Love good kids vitamins! Errrday, over here. 😉

    My favorite thing is using Thieves essential oil diluted on my kiddos feet everyday. I cannot even tell you what a big difference it has made in supporting and strengthening their little immune systems. Life. Saver.

    Probiotics are great, too. I feel you, sister. 😉
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  2. Jordan you have got to try the zarbees immune support gummies. I looked for them forever where I live in Idaho because people talk endlessly about them! I found some on clearance a few weeks ago I know target and Walgreens usually carry them and I am SOLD!!! My kids are sickos too. They get bad allergies during our spud harvest when all the dirt and stuff is in the air. The first day it’s a sneeze the second sneeze is a full blown sinus infection that usually carries through from September to march off and on my kids have not had to have allergy medicine and we have made it with no sneezes runny noses coughs for a month and that is all I have changed in our routine! Now I know why people are so sold on them talk about amazing! We do vitamins and minerals and probiotics so I don’t know if the zarbees makes everything work better or what it is the first thing my kids ask for in the morning! Plus with vitamins I have learned that some pharmacys have a program I can’t remember what it is called but they give free vitamins chewable ones to children 4 yrs to 12 yrs every month you just have to go in and they write your name down and check it off each month when you come in its a program that I wish I would’ve known about years ago heaven knows how much you spend on vitamins with 7 kids! I would love for you to try the zarbees and let me know what you think!

    • I LOVe Zarbees! I will have to give them a try, I didn’t even know they had immune support! And thanks for all the additional tips!! XO

      • We also added in the Zarbee’s immunity booster a year ago, and have noticed significant improvements in our girls’ ability to fight off germs/viruses. They either don’t get sick, or the length and severity of the illness is quite a bit more mild which makes things so much easier.

  3. Great tip about the dishwasher! (and thanks for the reminder about turning OFF the heated dry…I would probably have melted some toys…)

    You mentioned that you diffuse essential oils. What are your favorite scents to use? What diffuser do you have/use? I have been thinking about getting one but don’t know where to start. Most of the ones I’ve seen have been pretty pricey ($50 or more)–is it worth the cost or can I find one for cheaper??
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  4. Great post, I love it!! Another thing is kid friendly ice packs for fevers,juice and 7up and pedialyte and popcicles:) Just a tip from a plumbers wife: Don’t flush those flushable wipes and save yourself a big bill from having a plugged sewer.. instead I just bring a plastic sack in the bathroom and dispose as like a diaper. Goes for feminine products as well:)

  5. Great tips! I love my OnGuard essential oil blend from DoTerra. Rollerball on the bottom of the kids feet and diffuse as well. My other go to is homemade elderberry syrup. That stuff is ridiculously expensive. I found this recipe through Pinterest and have been using for a couple years now. Saved me a ton of money. It’s a great immunity booster.

    Here’s the recipe:
    http://www.realfoodrn.com/homemade-elderberry-syrup/

  6. Zicam!! For kids oh um Vicks and DEHUMIDIFIER!! We live on the north coast of California and I cannot tell you how much my granddaughter’s asthma is improved. And we watered our front flowers all summer with the 3+ gallons collected daily!

  7. Hi Jordan,

    Love your site and this recent post. The only place I disagree is with the “flushable” wipes. Please do not flush wipes down the toilet. It doesn’t matter what the package says. The wipes clog our pipes and cause real sanitation issues. Thanks!
    Janet

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