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It’s that time of year again folks, the nasty cold virus is wreaking havoc on our families. It happens to me every year. Just when I start to get back in the groove after a busy Christmas season, I get knocked down with a cold. I blame my kids, sure they are 6 of the most adorable kids ever, but they are also sneaky little germ smugglers. I’m sure one of them is waiting in the wings right now to plant a big ole germ filled kiss on me at any moment. I wish I could run away screaming, but alas, I love those germ filled kisses….sigh….I’m definitely getting sick again this year.
Alright, so what is a mom (or dad) to do when the cold germ takes one of us down. We all know that parents don’t really get to take time off, sure the kids may let us rest for a day or two, but some colds last a week or more! Enter my Sick Kit and my secret get better faster weapon, Zicam® Cold Remedy Medicated Fruit Drops.
Every parent NEEDS a sick kit in their arsenal. Mine is packed with everything I need to get better quicker. Let me go through what I have in my sick kit:
The most important component of my Sick Kit is Zicam®.
Zicam® Cold Remedy products shorten a cold when taken at the first sign of a cold. The first sign of a cold is the first sneezing, sniffling, and/or coughing. Zicam has many products, but my favorite is the Zicam Medicated Fruit Drops. These delicious and homeopathic assorted fruit drops come in three yummy flavors: orange, lemon and cherry. Unlike other cold products that only mask the symptoms, these are clinically proven to shorten the duration of a cold if taken at the first sign of a cold.
If fruity flavored medicine isn’t your thing, I also love the Zicam® Cold Remedy Nasal Swabs. They are formulated with plant-derived active ingredients that are clinically proven to shorten the duration of the common cold when taken at the first sign. Plus I love the cooling menthol and soothing eucalyptus.
Zicam® Cold Remedy products are safe and effective. Consumers should refer to www.zicam/com/our-products to learn more about dosage directions, and are advised to check with a pharmacist or doctor before taking Zicam products with other medications.
Now that you know my secret weapon, let’s talk about the other sick kit essentials.
DVDs – If you don’t watch DVD’s of your favorite childhood movies when you are bed bound with a cold, are you really even sick?
Coloring books – I love coloring books when I’m sick, maybe it makes me feel like a kid again, or maybe because being sick is the only time I will ever get to sit down long enough to finish a page, regardless, they are a staple in my Sick Kit. If coloring isn’t your thing, you can use crosswords, magazines, a good book, whatever floats your sick little boat.
Tea – Tea is so comforting when you are sick, it is a must have item in your sick kit.
Tissues- Snot is gross, snot belongs in a tissue. Make sure you get a super soft kind or you’ll pay for it later!
New toothbrush – After your cold has run it’s course, you are going to need to throw out your old germy toothbrush and replace it with a new one. (Don’t skip this!!)
Hand sanitizer – Pretty self explanatory. Use this religiously to keep the rest of your family from falling victim to the cold.
When you are ready to pack up your own Sick Kit, just head over to Walmart. They have everything you need (including all the Zicam® Cold Remedy products, plus this awesome coupon to save $2.50 off one Zicam® product) to make your very own Sick Kit.
I hope you never have to use it, but isn’t nice to know it’s there, just in case 😉
Hope this helps you next time you get sick! Stay well, my friends!