This post is sponsored by Bayer. To make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label.

We had a real cold snap this week; low’s of -15C (-24C with the windshield). I love winter but this year I have a new liability – he drools and likes to stare at his hands. I rarely get sick but now I have this teeny guy with a vulnerable immune system.  I know when he gets sick, it’ll be tough. Even worse, what if we BOTH get sick? Yikes!

I do feel prepared for it though with my sick-day kits I recently received courtesy of Bayer!

Here are a few things to get together for your own sick-day kit.

For Tummy Troubles

Chamomile and ginger tea: Both teas can help ease the pain of an upset stomach. Keep a couple of packets in your kit to help with stomach pains.

Heating pad: I grew up with my grandma swearing by the hot water bottle. But these days, heating pads are a safer and inexpensive way to sooth and calm your stomach.

For Cold and Flu

Hot water and lemon: I swear by this one! When I’m sick, I don’t like how tea tastes on my fuzzy tastebuds. So I’ll brew up a big old pot of hot water and lemon. The hot liquid keeps you hydrated but is also comforting and warm. If you have a sore throat, add some honey and the honey will coat your throat and make it feel better.

Tissues: This one is a no-brainer. You think toilet paper is the same and you always have it on hand anyway, but it’s tough on the nose. Keep your nose happy with a pack of your favourite soft tissues and keep your family happy by leaving the toilet rolls where they belong – in the bathroom.

hydraSense: This one saved me when I had my killer cold last year.Clear your nose fast with a hydraSense saline nasal spray for your nasal cold symptoms. Just spray, blow and you’re clear. hydraSense is medicine-free, so you can use alongside your other cough and cold medication.

I also have Baby hydraSense ready to go for TyTy. I remember when my nephew Liam was six months old and got sick. He couldn’t breath through his mouth and couldn’t drink a bottle, it was so sad!

Soup packets: No one wants to cook when they are sick and drinking soup is a great way to make sure you’re getting the liquids you need to stay hydrated.

Redoxon: Redoxon is a great way to get your vitamin C dose year-round whether you are sick or not, but it is especially helpful when  you want to give your immune system a boost. Just one tablet gives you 10 oranges worth of vitamin C**!

For Headaches

Always keep an over-the-counter pain reliever to help ease headache pain.

Essential oils: While essential oils may not have any scientific claim to healing, a nice peppermint, lavender or rosemary oil can help you.

Hot bath: When you have a headache, a great idea is to turn off the screens. Why not light a candle and take a hot bath listening to mellow music or a podcast?

For When You Feel Better

Ok, so you have your kit ready to help when you’re feeling sick, it’s also helpful to have items that help when you’re feeling better.

Vitamins: Getting vitamins and nutrients help you feel better and strengthen that immune system. One A Day Gummies Plus Immunity Support contain zinc and vitamin C to help maintain immune health in a great-tasting gummy.

Aromatherapy diffuser: Sleep plays such an important role in your overall health by reducing stress, improving mood, increasing energy, and boosting your immunity. Try setting a diffuser 30 minutes before you go to bed, so you can be fully relaxed for a long, peaceful sleep.

Get Fresh Air: Part of what makes winter the cold and flu season is that people spend more time indoors. his is my secret to health! You can take a quick hibernation break and bundle up and get outside. You’ll feel better afterward.

And there you have it – items to help you prepare for the cold and flu season, or at least make your sick day more bearable. Remember, if your symptoms are severe or you find they are getting worse instead of better, talk to your doctor about the best treatment for you.

Do you keep a sick day kit at home? Let me know your must-have items!

This post is sponsored by Bayer. To make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label.

**Redoxon® is not meant to replace food. 


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