I am as paranoid as the next mom with small kids. Every September, I scour the internet and beg other moms for tips to figure out how to keep my kids healthy (and my sanity intact for the coming winter). I have been slowly adding to a list through the years. This year, I decided to compile a kit to keep on hand before my baby was born. Some of the items are kept in my medicine cabinet. Other supplies are in a basket labeled “sick kit” in the closet. I thought this list could be helpful to others also looking for ways to stay healthy or reduce symptoms! Having the arsenal at the ready this winter has really helped my stress levels. I know that when we start coming down with something I have items available (without the midnight run to Walgreens) to combat what we have and make us feel better. It’s that tiny speck of control that all parents fight for!

For Everyone:

  • Vitamin C capsules – I like these because they have no added ingredients. I dump a few capsules in our smoothies. The bottle will last all winter.
  • Vicks, Children’s Vicks
  • Diffusers with breathe and other essential oils
  • Humidifiers in each room and one downstairs
  • Elderberry syrup
  • Juice (regular, grape, and Just Cranberry for UTIs)
  • Applesauce, bananas, and rice on hand in case we need to use the BRAT diet with digestive issues
  • Reusable cold and hot pack
  • Homemade frozen and canned chicken noodle soup
  • Traditional Medicinals Cold Care Tea Just for Kids
  • Traditional Medicinals Echinacea Plus (promotes immune function)
  • Honey – helps sore throats and gets my kids to drink the tea
  • Children’s Tylenol, Ibuprofen, and Benadryl, Zarbee’s cough syrup
  • Cold medicine, Tylenol, and cough drops for the adults
  • Disposable gloves (good for applying pink eye drops etc)
  • Lotion for dry skin
  • Clorox wipes (so that I can pretend everyone else won’t get it!)

Extras for the Baby:

Our Sick Kit supplies
  • Nose Frida
  • Saline drops
  • Baby Vicks
  • Diaper Rash cream
  • Infant Tylenol
  • Lotion for dry skin

I would love for this to be a continual list that I update every year. So, what am I missing? What are your go to items to beat the winter bugs?