QOTW: Cold And Flu



This week’s question on the Multiples and More site this week is on being sick. Specifically about the kids being sick.

At what point do you call your pediatrician when your kids are sick? and, Do you have any tips and tricks for cold and flu season?

First question: I RARELY call my pediatrician. I think between Butterfly’s 4th and 5th well child visits she visited the doctor once. Okay, twice for the same ear infection. But that’s it. This year, the boys have yet to go to the doctor since their well child check in April. Butterfly since hers in May.

Unless there is significant fever, flu like symptoms for more than 4 days, or a broken bone or obvious stitches needed, we don’t go.

Why? Honestly it comes down to the money. Our stupid insurance has us pay to the deductable before it covers any visits. And frankly, I’m not willing to pay that! Although if the kids DO get seriously sick, of course I will take them. But for a cold? They will live.

Second question: my tip for cold and flu season is to buy a humidifier. Actually, buy two. Because chances are if your kids get sick, you will get sick too. Also, buy a Neti Pot. It’s gross. But it works.

Oh, and I LOVE my Xooma water. Remember how a few days ago I was sick? I was serious about drinking my water, and I was better maybe 2 days later? Awesome. I gave some to all the kids and they seem to be kicking their colds fast.

So. Humidifier, check. Neti pot, check. Xooma water, check.

Anyone else have tips?


2 Comments (+add yours!)

  1. Valinda
    Nov 14, 2011 @ 23:50:31

    I like hand sanitizer when people are sick, easier and more convenient than sending them to wash their hands every 5 seconds. I also don’t take my kids to the Dr. unless it’s really necessary, there are just so many germs there – yucky! I do know a kid that is taken in every time he sneezes twice in an hour, drives me crazy!


    • Safire
      Nov 19, 2011 @ 21:50:29

      Ohhh…I forgot about hand sanitizer! We call it hanatizer in our house. We use that too!


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