This has to be one of my most and least favorite times of year. And I’ll admit that it has been a LONG time (at least 15 years!) since I last had to experience the reality of winter. I’d forgotten just how much snow there can be! With many years in England and Florida, and then a very mild winter last year, the cold and flurries have really thrown me for a loop!
But there is so much fun to be had! Winter is probably the best season for kids. They absolutely love going sledding, building snowmen and trying to catch snowflakes on their little tongues. I totally understand the term “winter wonderland,” as it seems every kid becomes obsessed with it.
And it’s not all just about the kids. My husband is an avid snowboarder who is LOVING the snowfall this year. He actually recently took me up to Brighton Canyon to try snowboarding for only the second time ever (the last time was a year ago, and I never managed to make it down the bunny hill). I was so exhilarated! I somehow got the hang of it quickly and found myself zooming down the mountain, and it was so much fun. Our friend, Candace, joined us for our day out, and we had an amazing time.
But the sad truth is that I got overconfident. And my husband jinxed me when he decided he wanted to get a video of how awesome I was doing. Literally six seconds after he suggested it, I ended up wiping out big time. I flipped over a few times, bouncing around like a rag doll and feeling like I’d been hit by a truck. An EMT skiing by stopped to help, and we all figured out that there was no way I could make it down the mountain by myself. We ended up having to get rescued by ski patrol, and I was taken to the hospital by ambulance, where I was diagnosed with a torn ACL and torn meniscus. FUN!
Unfortunately, with a bad leg and crutches, I found myself in the unfortunate position of not being able to look after my kids on my own. Since hubby couldn’t take time off work, we ended up having to take them all to daycare for a few days. And if you have ever put your kids in daycare, you might understand me when I tell you that after only one day there, they all came home with “the cough.”
The dreaded daycare cough is one of the worst things ever. It seems to only happen in winter, and it’s horrible. Kids are little germ factories, and when one picks up any sort of winter bug, every other kid gets it. After day 2, they were full of snot, and on day 3, they were throwing up in their beds from coughing so hard. Nightmare!
It’s bad enough taking care of sick kids when you’re well, but with a busted knee, it is so much worse! Poor baby Chester got the worst of it. We had to take him to the doctor’s office to have him checked out, as he was coughing so hard and his poor nose looked like it had been chewed on by a rhino!
Thankfully he was given the all clear by the doctor. He had a bad cold, but his lungs were clear and she suggested ibuprofen and acetaminophen to control his fevers and pain. She also gave him a popsicle, which he wolfed down. His throat had been too sore for food or a bottle, so getting some liquid in him was so important.
Thankfully he’s now on the mend, as are his brothers, and we are so grateful. My leg is also feeling a lot better, so we’ve spent the last few days just cuddling together on the couch as we hope to get through the rest of winter unscathed.
One of the challenges in being sick is when you have multiple symptoms, be it congestion, fever, body aches, sore throat or cough. Often people turn to multi-symptom OTC products but these products often contain more than one ingredient. Here are some helpful tips to guide you through choosing the correct medications for yourself and your kids.
- Always read the Drug Facts label before administering an OTC medicine
- Never give oral cough/cold medicines to kids under the age of 4
- Prevention tips to keep reinforcing with your kids: wash your hands, cough into your elbow, stay home when you are sick.
- It’s important to see a doctor if you have suspected influenza on day 1 or 2, especially if you are considered high risk. The following groups are considered high-risk:
- Children under 2 years
- Adults over 65
- Pregnant women
- Anyone with complicated/severe illness
Check out this guide from Know Your OTCs for more detailed information on cold/cough/flu symptoms and ingredients in OTC products. And here’s a great infographic for you. Be sure to pin it and share it for anyone you think might benefit!
Now if I can just stop this awful head cold that I seem to be getting, we’ll all be in fine fettle!
I am so proud to be partnering with the CHPA Educational Foundation’s KnowYourOTCs blogging program, and I want to remind you that all opinions are my own.