Let’s Be Honest Mamas | Tips for Dealing with Sick Kids/Flu Season

Let's Be Honest Mamas | Tips for Dealing with Sick Kids/Flu SeasonLet's Be Honest Mamas, Tips for Dealing with Sick Kids/the Flu

I’m always excited for our Let’s Be Honest Mamas blog posts, but I was really excited about this one! (I may say that every time…;) haha) I feel like it’s a very relevant topic as so many people are coming down with a cold or the flu. I see it all over social media and I know that people at both my work and my husband’s work place have been getting sick. I hope you haven’t been one of the unlucky ones, but chances are, some of you reading have caught a nasty cold or the flu and I’m so sorry! Hopefully these tips will help you boost your immune system so that you’ll be able to fight off the nasty bugs and viruses that make their rounds this time of year. I feel like it’s hard with little ones, but these tips and tricks have helped us either avoid sickness or have lessened the severity of them.

Kacie from elementsofellis.com has been heading up this fun collaboration where a handful of us mom bloggers blog about the same topic and share each others’ blog posts. I’ve always loved the sense of community it brings and I love reading other people’s responses to the questions. It helps bring a sense of solidarity and also a different perspective. We’ve blogged about sleep, technology with kids, postpartum, just to name a few! I tried to keep my answers short and brief, but I referenced another blog post I just did about how I naturally support our family’s immune system, if you care to read more about it!


  1. Nobody wants their child to catch the cold or flu. Do you have any tips or tricks for preventing the flu from hitting your house? We wash our hands! I’m also very careful about when we go out to wipe down shopping carts, etc. I buy this alcohol spray from Whole Foods (I think the brand is ‘EO’, it’s a lavender scent) and spray down the cart before I put Charley in the seat. We also make sure to keep our favorite immune boosting essential oils around. We use Young Living brand, but there are other trustworthy brands, too. Just do your research! You don’t want adulterated oils because those can just do more hard than good. Oils we make sure to have on hand are: THIEVES!, Lemon and R.C. I shared a post about how we support our immunity here if you want to check it out. I also keep colloidal silver around in case we start to feel something coming on and we use elderberry syrup (I got mine from Whole Foods, brand is “Gaia”), too. Avoiding sugar is key when you’re fighting stuff off and lots and lots of water. And rest. Make it a point to get more sleep! Just remember the basics and you’ll have a good shot of avoiding catching a cold or the flu!
    Let's Be Honest Mamas/Tips for Dealing with Sick Kids/The Flu
    Let's Be Honest Mamas/Tips for Dealing with Sick Kids/The Flu
  2. Some parents rush their children to the doctor at the first sign of being sick or injured, while others choose to take care of the situation at home. Which category do you fall into and when do you know it’s time to see a doctor? We definitely fall into the category of taking care of the situation at home! Unless it’s an emergency, we don’t go to the doctor! haha I think part of the reason for this is that I’m a nurse. I know how many germs are at the hospital and doctors’ office and when you catch a cold, it’s viral so there isn’t much a doctor can do for you other than say rest, take it easy, stay hydrated, etc. So that would be a pretty pointless trip to make! Do the things I mentioned in the paragraph above and you’ll be fine! 
  3. What are some natural remedies that you use to help your child feel better when he/she comes down with the flu/cold. If we are unlucky and catch a cold or the flu, I increase the frequency of applying oils, taking supplements, and just do my best to keep us all hydrated. We’ve kept electrolyte water around the house and I think that’s important. If you don’t have that, use something to help replace those electrolytes. I’m not into Gatorade, as I don’t want the dyes in my child or myself, but I am a proponent of replacing electrolytes, so do what you gotta do! I’d personally choose coconut water over Gatorade. But just do your best. A cool mist humidifier always helps when you get sick and for babies and toddlers, the Nose Frida is a lifesaver!! I know it sounds gross, but you won’t suck any snot into your mouth. There’s a filter! And rest. Lots of rest. I wouldn’t be too worried about screen time if my toddler got sick. Just do your best to survive at that point! 😉
  4. Are you an advocate for the flu vaccine or do you choose to skip it? Why? I definitely choose to avoid it. The influenza virus is extremely virulent, meaning it changes its morphology extremely fast as it moves from host to host. The vaccine is just a “best guess” and most of the time, it isn’t very effective and misses the mark entirely. Unless you have a lot of co-morbidities (other chronic issues going on), I don’t see it as a helpful tool in preventing the flu (clearly, consult with your health physician and make the best choice for you/your family). My view of vaccinations is very anti-conventional, especially since I’m a nurse! Anytime we receive a vaccination, it’s a big attack on our immunity. Our immune systems have to mount an attack to the invader and even if you don’t factor in the preservatives and extra junk that’s {unfortunately} included in vaccinations, this stimulation of the immune system causes temporary stress to our immune systems and they are weakened. I’d rather focus on strengthening my immune system in other natural ways than getting the flu vaccine and “calling it good” and not making any other lifestyle changes to help aid my immune system in mounting a solid defense against the influenza virus. 
  5. For solidarity, share your worse flu story. Have you been thrown up on? Did one flu bug cycle through your entire family causing you to have weeks of taking of a sick child (or husband)? Let all the moms reading this know they’re not alone in the struggles of taking care of sick children. I’m sure my time is coming, but the only flu story I have is from pre-marriage! I got the flu right before traveling to Africa for a summer internship. It was HORRIBLE! I was so achy and the fatigue was unreal. I wasn’t contagious anymore and the doctor cleared me to travel, but I was so miserable. I remember just wanting to be home, with my mom, under a blanket but instead I was on two 8+ hour flights heading to Africa! I had the window seat on my last flight and I was just in misery, coughing and feeling achy and wanting to die. haha I made it, but that was NOT fun and I can’t believe I flew to Africa while I was recovering from the flu. Not sure why I didn’t change my flight! (*face palm*) You live and you learn! 😉


I hope you all stay healthy and don’t forget to check out these other mamas’ posts!

Kacie Ellis elementsofellis.com // Amber Hill amberlately.com // Kymberly Janelle lifewithkymberlyjanelle.com // Stephanie Pollock stephpollock.com // Carla Thompson curiousnatalia.com // Victoria Schneider thesoutherntrunk.com



    • elindsey
      February 13, 2018 / 9:54 pm

      YAAAS! They make me feel armed and ready for cold + flu season!

  1. Victoria Schneider
    February 13, 2018 / 7:01 pm

    Thieves is the bEST!!! And what a scary story before Africa! Glad you guys have managed to not get the flu post baby!

    • elindsey
      February 13, 2018 / 9:55 pm

      LOVE Thieves! Makes me feel so well prepared for cold + flu season. Ugh, not sure what I was thinking there….thankfully I wasn’t going to meet strangers and my sister and BIL were there to welcome me with open arms!

  2. February 13, 2018 / 11:41 pm

    I forgot to mention the nose frida in my post, but yes, that thing is amazing! Hazel hates it so I have to basically pin her down to do it, but it works so good! It was nice to read your thoughts on the flu vaccine since you’re a nurse. It seems like a lot of health care professionals say not to get it (at least for adults, Hazel’s pediatrician recommended it for her) but my doctor told me he didn’t think it was worth it for me to get it. I can’t even remember the last time I got a flu shot.

    • elindsey
      February 15, 2018 / 10:28 pm

      Haha Charley hates the Nose Frida, too! Definitely have to pin him down, but it helps! Yeah, as far as the flu vaccine goes, it definitely depends on the person’s situation. I don’t think it’s worth the risk for some people to get it, but there are other instances it may be better for them to get it! I haven’t gotten mine in years!

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