*The Pfizer Pediatric Platform products, information, and additional gift pack have been provided by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. All thoughts and reviews are my own.
Sitting down while doing her homework like any other normal afternoon is when I heard it.
A deep barking type cough that I knew in my motherly gut of guts most likely meant one thing.
So, I proceeded to walk over and when I touched her ear, I knew she had a fever.
Sure enough the thermometer confirmed at 102.8, what I already perceived to be true that my girl was indeed sick.
An hour later at the pediatrician, it was further confirmed that my oldest had bacterial pneumonia in her left lung.
But it is spring and just when us parents think we may be out of the woods as far as illness is concerned we truly aren’t.
But why is that?
Well, one day it is almost 70 degrees and warm enough to shed the heavy jackets and the next it is barely above freezing with wind chills to make it feel as though winter will never completely loosen its grip on us even though the calendar clearly says it is spring. Just take a look at this humorous take on spring weather from the new ABC show, The Real O’Neal’s, which sums it up perfectly:
Spring is here. Flowers are blooming and love is in the air…Well, for most of us.
Posted by The Real O'Neals on Thursday, March 24, 2016
I have written about illness with children and how to fight against it, as well as how to treat it in the past, but today I am going one step further to help ward against it during a time when most would think it would be clearly behind us–Spring.
5 Tips to Help Parents Fight Against Spring Time Sickness for Their Families
1. Dress for the actual temperature outside.
Again one minute, we were in the deep freeze of winter and now it feels as though the sun is finally coming out again for another glorious spring season. but don’t let mother nature fool you, make sure you check the temperatures in your area daily (sometimes a few times a day as spring winds can blow in fairly quickly and without warning quite often) to make sure you know how to dress yourself and your little appropriately for the actual real feel temperature outside.
2. Wash your hands with soap and water or use antibacterial.
Just because the weather is getting nicer out, doesn’t mean disinfecting your hands of germs should stop. Most I know do this during the colder months, but remember we aren’t out of the woods yet with cold and flu season, so keep up with this continually to help with all the illness that could be triggered in a moments notice.
3. Continue to stay hydrated.
Drinking lots of fluids is always helpful for all sorts of reasons, including staying well. But as the temperatures do begin to rise here and there, this just helps us to even more so.
4. Open the windows to let the fresh Spring air in.
Finally some warmer air is actually upon us somewhat and opening the windows to let some fresh air in can do a world of wonders in releasing the germs in your home. Thus this allows new and fresher air in to circulate giving way to
5. Spring clean and purge when you can now.
As soon as the temperatures begin to rise for spring time, begin to throw away more, especially toothbrushes that can contain all sorts of nasty germs and should indeed be discarded whenever little ones are sick. But even before the onset of getting ill, throwing away such items can help keep the illnesses at bay.
But when all else fails and your little one does get sick like mine did recently, make sure to have plenty of children’s cold medicine on hand formulated just for kids from Target (my favorite place to shop as many know). These are our go-to pediatric sickness solutions:
- Children’s Advil® – Ease those aches and pains, while reducing a child’s fever fast, which is a great solution for kids as young as 2 and up to 11. It comes in several great-tasting flavors, including: Sugar-free Dye-free Berry, Bubble Gum, Grape, Blue Raspberry, Fruit and Dye-Free White Grape flavors. There’s also Infants’ Advil® White Grape, which provides unsurpassed fever relief with a syringe for easy dosing for children 6-23 months.
- Children’s Robitussin® DM Day/Night Pack (Children’s Robitussin® Cough & Chest Congestion and Children’s Robitussin® Nighttime Cough) – This non-drowsy daytime formula helps break up chest congestion, while the long-acting nighttime formula relieves coughs and runny noses to help kids get the rest they need.
- Children’s Dimetapp® Cold & Cough – This tackles a child’s most bothersome stuffy and runny noses, all while working to relieve cough.
*Remember though that it is important to always read and keep the cartons for complete warnings and dosing information on Pfizer Pediatric Platform products and to use as directed.
How will you fight springtime sickness for your family now?