Barely one week into daycare and we already have the first case of the sniffles in this household. DS1 has been cutting his first molars as well, so all in all he hasn’t been the happiest chap. It’s at these times I find I begin to wobble a bit, the lack of sleep, watching my little one in discomfort and change in routine has me feeling like I’m teetering on the edge of chaos. But I have found some things that truly do help, and it feels like a fine way to spend today’s blog post inking it down!
1. Lower expectations and simplify everything.
Just get the basics done and that is more than enough. The most important thing is that you and your little one/s are getting enough rest, fluids and simple, nourishing food. Even if you’re not sick, you need to be taking extra good care of yourself so you can care for them. Vegging out on the couch to a TV show = healing. Taking a warm bath together with a few drops of Douglas Fir and Lavender essential oil at lunchtime to clear those little sinuses and break up the day is a great idea.
2. Bring out the sick basket.
This is something that we made as part of Sun School in Deep Autumn and I can’t tell you how much it has helped throughout the winter months and when we all came down with Covid. It’s essentially a basket/box/bag (whatever you have) that you fill with things you need if anyone in the home gets sick. I typically stock it with things for colds, flu, stomach bugs and migraines. This includes natural medicines, pharmacy medicines and foods that will keep, such as chicken stock, miso soup packets, coconut water, apple juice etc.
3. Have a couple of healing meals in the freezer.
Having chicken soup and bolognese sauce in the freezer is a must in my home. I lace them with lots of herbal goodies and are so easy to pull out when sickness strikes.
I’ve made a formula of elderberry, ground ivy and echinacea in glycerine that DS1 loves, so that’s easy to get into his morning and night. I’ve also been able to make Dr Aviva Romm’s Garlic Lemonade which he also really loves. It’s perfect kitchen medicine: mince 2 cloves of garlic, place into a 1L mason jar and cover with boiling water. Let this sit for 30 minutes, strain, then add the juice of one lemon and honey to taste (use maple syrup for bubba’s younger than one). Get as much as you can in.
5. Early to bed mama
Bedtime is 9 pm when DS1 is ill – non-negotiable! You need your rest.