As I posted in the wee early hours on Friday morning, my poor babies have been miserably ill the last several days. I believe it all started with Matt about a week and a half ago. He has an amazing immune system and very rarely gets very sick at all. I am pretty sure he had a cold, but his only symptoms were a few sniffles here and there. No coughing, no congestion, no biggie.
The problem is, he and Noah are buddies. Noah loves Matt to pieces and is constantly attached to his hip. That means any germs that Matt may have are very easily shared with Noah. Now, if Noah would get a cold like a normal kid and not instantly just come down with moderate to severe cases of croup, well then, that would be fabulous! But, that’s not how he rolls.
Noah came down with a nasty case of croup and a pretty nasty cold. Coughing so much he was gagging and just miserable. He couldn’t eat or drink or even smile. If you know Noey, you know he is a goofy little boy who is always smiling and happy. (Well, unless he is crying and miserable, but generally, he is a very happy little boy. :) It was so bad we were considering an Urgent Care visit. It was a Saturday, of course, and he was just so ill, I felt utterly helpless.
The miracle in a bottle that helped him was Delsym. Oh my goodness!!! Within 10 short minutes, the coughing had subsided and he was smiling. SMILING!!! Now, this is not an official review of Delsym, and I have not been compensated in any way, whatsoever, but I am telling you, our medicine cabinet will NEVER be without it again!
I should mention that we only decided to use it because of the severity of the cough and because it was not a productive cough. If the kiddos are coughing up goobers, it is best to let them cough because they are clearing their lungs of mucus, etc. I usually only treat coughs in my house with honey and Vicks Vaporub, but this cough was just too tough for my home remedies.
Somewhere in the middle of the croup and cold, Bella added to the party with a stomach bug. Not sure where it came from, but it was a nasty little speed bump in our week. Now, I know I frequently mention grape juice to prevent stomach bugs, but I need to tell you all about another amazing preventative measure. Apple Cider Vinegar. We were out of grape juice when she fell ill, but I had remembered the ACV tip I read online that is said to work as well if not better than the grape juice. You simply add about a teaspoon to 8 oz of water and drink it three times a day. You can add some honey if you like, or even add the ACV to juice to mask the taste. I honestly don’t mind it, but then, I would drink just about anything if you told me it was a proven way to prevent worshipping the porcelain god. :)
Now, Abe and I both came down with a little intestinal discomfort, but never more than that. He drank grape juice, I took ACV. He was still pretty miserable yesterday, whereas I felt 100% awesome again. I am an ACV convert! There are loads of other benefits to taking ACV, which I am eager to see if they will apply, but for now, I think I will be keeping this as part of my daily routine.
So we escaped a mass infection of the stomach bug, but Noah and now Sara still have nasty colds. Stuffy/runny noses and coughs, low fevers, just generally miserable. Does anyone know a magical cure/prevention for the cold? I’m on board if you do, hit me up! :)
I am grateful the long weekend is over and I am eager for all my babies to be 100% healthy again. Especially Noah and Sara, there is just something so sad and heartbreaking when the littlest ones get sick and can’t really tell you what’s wrong.