She wakes up with a fever and a sore throat.
She gives me the look that reminds me of how little she still is and I put the things on my to-do-list away for the day, realizing that if they all get sick it might be a while before I can pick it up again. Sure enough before the hour ends two more are sick. I make my bed and room as comfortable as possible. I love the beauty of the 'sick room' with the sun shining down on all of them. I think it's so important to keep the room pleasant and clutter free. I have to clean it several times during the day because of the clutter they bring in to occupy the time of laying around.
I think it's so important to keep them warm when they're sick so that their bodies can fight the sickness and not add keeping warm to it's list. So I put my prettiest blanket over them and start the humidifier with some peppermint oil. I encourage them to rest and nap, telling them how hard their bodies are working right now. I put on our country hymns and just let the healing begin.
I think in our over busy-ness we treat fevers so we can quickly get back to our to-do-list.
I try not to rush the healing. Sometimes, our kids are just getting over one virus and we rush back to the race and they get something else and their bodies have to work twice as hard to recover from another virus.
I don't give ibuprofen for fevers unless it's over 102 or so
God designed our bodies to get a fever to fight off the virus or infection and to slow us down. So when we lower fevers our bodies can't work as well and it ends up working harder. I get nervous with fever though and I have friends who have special needs children who might have seizures and such if their fevers get too high, so I believe it's important to read up on things.
Dr. Frank Lipman wrote
4 Reasons to Let a Fever Run Its Course
When to Treat Fevers
I Love Motrin!
I keep my kids on Vit D but I up the amount when they're sick.
I usually give 400-500 a day
but when they're sick I give 500 2xdaily especially during the winter months when they're not outside in the sun as much.
One Doctor wrote:
When I started my journey with a natural MD my vit D level was in the 20's even though I was outside a lot on the farm.
For the past 7 years I've been able to keep my level around the
75 mark. This is one area Dr. Bernui checks twice a year.This is a big marker for him so it became important to me for our children.
I even put a drop in Isabella's bottles.
I encourage you to read up on Vit D and do your own research.
I generally treat ear infections with olive oil and garlic drops.
Wellness mama has a whole blog on the subject of natural treatments:
How to Make Garlic Olive Oil for Ears
It's so hard to decide to do these things when you have a crying child so do your research before anyone gets sick and have the things you need on hand so you can quickly make the drops or the soup. You don't want to be having to rush out when they get sick.
Find out the things you think you can do and
print off all the articles that show how to make certain things for ear pain and fevers and have them in a binder for quick reference.
By the next day fevers are gone but I still make them rest for another 24 hours or so. Giving them plenty of fluids and soups. This would be hard with a toddler but keeping them busy without exposing them to other virus is a win.
I lay in bed with our sick ones and we watch a whole series of When Calls The Heart..We laugh and I do my best to encourage them and make it a place of healing, and hope that they will feel better in a day or two.
Teaching my daughters/sons to care for themselves and to care for others so when they have a sick room of their own one day they will know the sick room is a wonderful opportunity to serve.
Wishing you health from the Farm,