Stress was a word that came to mind all week. Last week felt like the longest week ever and now this week ins't much better. After many months of being off work; on the eve of starting back my baby gets sick. And it was not just a little cough. His first big sickness was a doozy. He had a high fever for 4 days, followed by a rash for 3 days. After calling the doctor on Labor day, going to visit the doctor a few days later when the fever was still up and then calling the nurse after the rash appeared; it was discovered he had a virus called Roseola. I had never heard of this before, but after googling it this was definitely what he had; high fever for days, breaks suddenly, followed by a rash causing them to be very irritable, tired and not so hungry.
My whole first week back to work and had a really sick little one at home! So how can I help my baby in the most natural way possible? Also, how can I keep my stress levels down? Here are some tips that worked for us over the past 2 weeks. Little man is feeling much better and looking for a less hectic week this week! Then, my husband is up throwing up all night long. He has a fever, chills, and stomach ache. Here we go again! I need to make sure I do not get sick.
Let's start with taking care of my little man. Once I discovered he had a high fever, the first thing to do is administer medicine. I hate taking medicine myself and we mostly only take holistic medicine at our house that is free of artificial colors, flavors and preservatives. I got out our Little Remedies Acetaminophen. Unlike the other name brands, it has limited ingredients with
No artificial flavors or artificial dyes, no high fructose corn syrup or saccharin, no aspirin or ibuprofen, and no parabens.
When I had a hard time finding it, I thought about getting the Tylenol Dye-Free one. It was dye free, but also included a list of words I didn't know what they meant and Potassium Sorbate (a carcinogenic preservative), sucralose, sucrose and "flavors". This flavors, even when it says "natural flavors" is a catch all term included in the ingredients that really means anything. You have no idea what those flavors are, what chemicals are made to get that flavor and what it can do to your body. I really avoid products that have this. It is the same thing in body care and cleaning products. "Fragrance" acts as the same as "Flavors". A term that can be anything.
We tried to make sure E felt as comfortable as possible while he was sick. This included fresh organic apple juice, lots of fluids and lukewarm baths. We also used Zarbee's chest rub with Eucalyptus and Lavender. He loves the smell of this and it would soothe him to sleep.
Helping my stress level and building up my immunity...
Jared came down with a sinus infection, then E got sick, I am starting back to work where I encounter hundreds of people each week, then Jared got sick again with a flu bug. I need a strong defense built up!
Immune Boost Roller Ball-
This essential oil blend is as follows..
10 drops Frankincense
20 drops Lemon
20 drops Thieves
10 drops Peppermint
Fill the rest with carrier oil
Elderberry and Zinc lozenges
Xylitol sinus nasal spray
Warm water with fresh organic lemon
I love the Garden of Life My Kind Organics Brand for all their vitamins. I use their multi vitamain and the vitamin C, B12, D sprays. I also just picked up the Immune Support gummies- Elderberry, Zinc and Vitamin C.
Norwex Envirocloth to clean all surfaces and Seventh Generation disinfectant spray which includes Eucalyptus, Spearmint, and Thyme for the couch after my family spent hours on it.
I also have noticed that I feel as though I am drowning. I am so stressed about getting stuff done and cannot seem to do so. Stress and less sleep is not going to help build up my immune system. I am working on a self-care devotional and plan. Making sure I get my workouts in is a must. Getting outside and enjoying the fresh air and beauty of nature. I am trying to be on my phone less and tuned in at home. Reading an actual book at night and working on daily gratitude. Hopefully, by the powers combined, I will be able to stay healthy and work towards keeping my family healthy. Jared needs to build up his immune system as well. These are the tips I am giving him to work on.