1. Dip a Dum Dum lollipop in cough syrup if your child hates the taste of medicine.
Why Dum Dums? Dum Dums work best because they’re small and easy to dunk in a small medicine measuring cup.
2. Mark on the medicine bottle to remind yourself of doses.
3. Add 1 tablespoon of water and 1 tablespoon of Vicks to a wax warmer for soothing vapors.
4. Rub Vicks on the bottom of your feet then put on socks before bed to ease a bad cough.
Vicks contains eucalyptus oil, which has antibacterial qualities and is used as a decongestant.
5. Control the spread of germs by attaching an empty tissue box to a full one with two rubber bands.
6. Wash hands to keep germs from spreading and limit kids’ soap use with a rubber band.
7. Disinfect toys in the dishwasher.
8. Use your Crock-Pot as a humidifier.
Fill your Crock-Pot about three-quarters of the way up with water, cover, and turn the setting on high. After about an hour, let the moisture escape into the air. Make sure to refill the pot with room-temperature water as needed—and don’t let the pot run when there’s nothing in it!
9. Make your own Pedialyte to stay hydrated.
What You Need
- 4 cups water
- 2 Tbsp sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Orange or cranberry juice for flavor
- Heat 2 cups of water so that it’s hot enough to dissolve the salt and sugar.
- Stir in salt and sugar until dissolved.
- Pour the hot water mixture into a pitcher or lidded container.
- Refrigerate until cool.
- Add a splash of orange or cranberry juice. Stir well.
- Serve cold and store remaining “Pedialyte” in the fridge.
10. Drink warm Jell-O and honey to relieve a sore throat.
Instead of chilling your Jell-O mixture, heat it up in the microwave for 30 seconds with some honey. The gelatin in the mixture will soothe your sore throat.
11. Or, eat marshmallows.
The gelatin in marshmallows helps coat your throat and relieve soreness.
12. Drinking pineapple juice will also soothe sore throats.
Some people claim that drinking pineapple juice is five times more effective than cough syrup. The bromelain in fresh pineapples has anti-inflammatory properties and fights infections.
13. Treat dry skin and chapped lips with honey.
All that sneezing, congested mouth breathing, and nose blowing can cause chapped skin. Apply honey for instant, natural moisture.
14. Eat ginger.
Ginger helps battle cold and flu symptoms: it helps clear sinuses, eases muscle pain and inflammation, and detoxifies.
15. Make your own cough candy.
Honey, lemon, ginger, cloves, and cinnamon are awesome cold and cough relievers. Use these ingredients to easily create your own cough drops—they only take about 22 minutes to make!
16. Create your own vapor rub shower melts.
To make these effective shower melts, you’ll need an ice cube tray, vapor rub like Vicks, cornstarch, and food coloring if you’d like. Once your mixture solidifies in an ice cube tray, just place a cube in the shower, and the warm water will help release soothing vapors.
17. Fill a white sock with heated sea salt to relieve an earache.
Sea salt is naturally antibacterial and the heated salt will help draw moisture and toxins out of the infected ear.
What You Need
- 1 cup coarse sea salt
- 1 large white sock
- A rubber band
- A microwave-safe dish
Heat the coarse sea salt in a microwave-safe dish for about three minutes (longer if the salt isn’t hot after three minutes). Fill a large, white sock with the hot salt and tie a knot with the loose end (or use a rubber band). Test the temperature of the sock by placing it on your inner wrist (don’t use near your ear if it’s too hot!). Place the salt sock over and under the infected ear and lie down.