Cold, Flu, Stomach Bug – Oh My! Survival Kit Must Haves

Cold, Flu, Stomach Bug – Oh My! Survival Kit Must Haves

When the temperature drops a few degrees, my Spidey senses tingle with nervous anticipation, waiting to hear the inevitable, “Mommy, I don’t feel so good.”  Drum Roll, please… now making its debut is cold, flu, and stomach bug season.

Germs, everywhere. Having to help nurse sick littles back to health on top of the typical high anxiety, worry, and stress that comes with being a parent can be overwhelming.

Is donning complete personal protective equipment or a HazMat suit when battling germs too much? Asking for a friend.

Cold, Flu, Stomach Bug - Oh My! Survival Kit Must Haves

Here are my non-medicine go-to items that I include in my cold/flu/stomach bug first aid survival kit:

Cleaning supplies. Wipes, soap, hand sanitizer, disinfectant sprays – all the things that help rid surfaces of germs are essential.

Latex gloves. Let us be honest: the mess is downright awful when kids get sick, and you will want an extra layer of protection when cleaning up.

Cold, Flu, Stomach Bug - Oh My! Survival Kit Must Haves

Puke Bowl. This item does not need much explanation – just know you will need a designated bowl. Also, please tell me we aren’t the only family with a specific “puke bowl”?

Saltine Crackers and Popsicles. You might as well buy these items in bulk at your local grocery store because it is the only thing your child’s stomach can handle.

Plastic Tablecloth or Painting Tarp. Game changer for protecting your carpets. You can also add it underneath your children’s sheets to protect the mattress.

Please leave any of your tips and tricks below. I am always looking for things to add to my survival kit.

Elizabeth Boudreaux
Elizabeth and her husband Nicholas have been married for 13 years. They live in Geismar with their 3 children, Addison (9), Parker (5), and Laurel (2). She is from Franklin, LA and moved to Baton Rouge after receiving her Master’s in Business Administration from Southeastern Louisiana University. She is a Budget Administrator for the Department of Public Safety. She relies on sarcasm, a dry sense of humor, and the occasional cocktail to deal with the daily demands of motherhood. She loves crawfish, clean sheets, vacuuming, and the latest crime documentary on Netflix.


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