Ever since my kids were tiny, I have been concerned with giving them remedies that are natural. It was almost out of necessity at first because I noticed most children’s medicines aren’t recommended for children under 6. Six years is a long time to wait to treat a child for something when you are sure there must be a remedy out there!
I was excited when Nauzene® Kids contacted me because I have been looking for a gentle, homeopathic product like theirs for quite some time! Nauzene® Kids Nausea Relief is a product for children ages 2 & up designed to promptly relieve nausea from “stomach flu” or upset tummies.
With the wintertime round of sickness approaching, I thought it would be a good idea to address the inevitable!
A “Stomach Flu” Survival Guide – a 6-Point Tactical Plan!
I have three kids, so let’s face it – I deal with many versions of upset stomach year-round! Wintertime is especially rough when all the kids are passing around germs at school, and I do my best to fight the good fight.
Goal #1 is always to make sure I don’t get it. This place doesn’t run properly without me! :/ In fact, my husband told me last time I was sick that the milk “stopped appearing in the fridge.” Seriously.
Goal #2 is always to make sure it doesn’t spread to all the kids in a row. I’ve had several instances where all 3 kids were sick or 2 out of 3 were sick in addition to me. It was NOT FUN.
Here are my 6 best tips for surviving a stomach bug breakout in your home. Straight from my years of experience and a bunch of unscientific trial and error! It’s practical advice paired with a tactical plan! 🙂
- Keep everyone hydrated – the sick one of the family needs to stay hydrated, especially if they’re experiencing diarrhea or vomiting. And it won’t hurt everyone else to keep their bodies in tip-top shape during this time.
- Break out the disinfectant spray and wipes – Think of all the places all those people touch! Doorknobs, sink handles, drawers, remotes, devices, countertops….clean as many surfaces as you can as often as possible. It might seem like an impossible task, and you might find yourself covered in puke wondering how you’re gonna sanitize anything, but start with the items touched the most and go from there. If you have time, clean toys at night.
- Cover furniture with sheets and wash them daily – If your kids are little, odds are they aren’t perfect about making it to a bathroom to throw up. When someone gets stick, I make sure to cover our couches with sheets – I can’t tell you how many times this has saved our couch from ruin! Before I realized I should do this, I used to spend time washing cushion covers. Now I just make sure to grab any soiled sheets as soon as something happens, and throw it in the wash. Then replace with a new sheet.
- Contain the contamination – Perhaps the best thing you can do when sickness strikes is to seclude the one sick child (or two) from the healthy children. They can’t catch what they can’t touch! Sick little ones can be relegated to a single couch nearly while everyone else steers clear. Older kids can hang out in their rooms. I just make sure to have some cool movies available so they don’t feel the need to get up and play with everyone, spreading germs around. I also shoo the non-sick children outside as much as possible. I’m a big believer in lots of fresh air for kiddos, even more so when someone is sick inside the house.
- Keep meals simple – You’ve probably heard of the BRAT (bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast) diet for sickness, right? I make sure to do this and also extend it to everyone to keep things simple. The sick child gets the plainest version of those foods, and everyone else gets a similar food like banana/peanut butter sandwiches. 🙂 Easy peasy when you need it most.
- Wash hands like crazy – I always make sure my kids wash their hands after school, and I believe it truly helps with the spread of germs. When we’re all healthy, I don’t stay on top of it as much within our home, but when sickness is present, we make sure to wash hash before we eat anything. So many times each day – I think it really helps!
In addition to taking these steps during a “stomach flu” breakout in our house, I like to have nausea medication like Nauzene Kids on hand in case the BRAT diet isn’t enough to keep the nausea at bay.
After going through 7 stomach bug seasons with my kids, I am confident in this tactical plan. I follow these steps each time someone gets sick, and I feel like my track record of limiting the spread of sickness is pretty good! 🙂
Nauzene® Kids Liquid Nausea Relief
If you’ve never heard of Nauzene® Kids, let me tell you a few reasons why it’s a great choice for kids:
- It is pediatrician recommended
- Also works well for Mom and Dad to relieve nausea from “stomach flu,” motion sickness and overindulgence in food and drink
- There are no artificial dyes or colors
- Does not contain parabens or artificial flavors, and it is both gluten and aspirin free
- Unlike some other popular nausea remedies, Nauzene® Kids contains no salicylates (which should not be given to children under 12).
I like the fact that I can buy just one product to take care of the whole family’s nausea. As someone who suffers from extreme motion sickness, I am sooooo glad I found it!
Nauzene Kids has a delicious natural-grape flavor, which means giving it to your kids won’t include a fight (I haven’t come across a kid yet who doesn’t like grape flavor medicine)!
I have one child (my 5-year-old) who is always complaining about her tummy hurting. We used to think she was making it up since it would conveniently “hurt” when we tried to get her to eat veggies or when she was being disciplined. LOL
But now that she’s older, it seems that her tummy really does hurt often, and she was just playing it up before. It seems to be tied to food, although we can’t nail down the cause. We have tried extra fiber, we have tried going gluten-free, and we have tried limiting her sugar consumption. So far, nothing has seemed to help, but I don’t want her to suffer unnecessarily while we figure this out!
Last weekend, I gave her a dose of Nauzene® Kids as soon as she said her tummy hurt. And you know what? She said she felt better when I asked her 20 minutes later. She is a bit dramatic, so I don’t think she would have said it didn’t hurt if it still did. 🙂 I’m going to keep using Nauzene® Kids with her and see how it helps.
And wouldn’t you know? Just a few days later, she actually came down with a “stomach bug!” She threw up three times in 5 hours, then that was it (although we didn’t know it was over at the time). I gave her a dose of Nauzene® Kids after the second time she threw up, and she said she felt better. I am so glad I already had it on hand! Right in the middle of a throw up session is NOT when you want to go to the store! 🙂
Where to Purchase Nauzene® Kids and a Giveaway!
You can buy Nauzene® Kids at CVS, HEB, Meijer, and many other retailers nationwide (you can find a retailer near you by visiting NauzeneKids.com). You can also get a $3.00 off coupon on their website.
One lucky reader will win a Nauzene® Kids care package. Leave a comment below with your favorite tip for dealing with the “stomach flu” that could help other parents for an entry!
Like with everything in your medicine cabinet, please make sure to read and follow all label instructions before using Nauzen® Kids Liquid Nausea Relief.