In short, you still have time.
As a nurse mama, one of the worst things I can think of is I packed up on all my goods to keep my family alive in time of crisis but not keep them healthy and well in the day to day.
- Anti-pyretics. Whew do these kids love to catch some fevers. I mean seriously it feels like: plays a video game- fever, goes to the park- fever, sits down- fever; truly it’s inevitable. So the best thing you can do as a mama is to be prepared. Make sure you have at least one bottle of Tylenol, Ibuprofen or whatever your preference is on hand. Remember, too high fevers (or fevers that spike and not brought down) can lead to further serious illnesses in children like seizures.
- Kleenex. While you are on your paper goods kick, make sure you stock up on Kleenex’s as well. If we all use toilet paper to the extent it is made to be used for we should have more than enough to last us during this Covid-19 quarantine. This brings me to my next point.
- Antihistamines. Allergies are very much still in effect (especially if you live in my body). During this time it is expected to be very very nice weather. This will make many of us want to open our windows especially since we cannot be outside. Just remember, open window means the same symptoms us allergy peeps would experience outside we will now experience inside. Another use of this product is for allergic rections. Those of us mamas with tiny tiny kiddos may be allowing the babies to test and taste new products during this time. The last thing you would want is an allergic reaction on your hand with no plan of action. Yes, please call 9-1-1 if serious enough, all of us medical personnel will still be at work (you lucky dogs). But, something like Benadryl could be enough to hold your kid over for the time being or until the arrival of emergency personnel.
- Vitamins/ orange juice. During this time locked away there will be many families that will be terrified to leave their house. Hear me mamas, yes your kid will be totally fine to sit out on the deck or the backyard. But, in the event that you don’t want to take the risk it means a lot less exposure to things like the sun. Keeping their vitamin level up can help keep their immune system high in these next few weeks.
- First-aid kit. I grouped this together because it makes for a much shorter list. But what I mean by this is your every day cuts and bruises supplies. Band-aids, Neosporin, alcohol swabs, etc. With kiddos in the house they are bound to get stir crazy and start jumping off cabinets. Oh just my kid? Good to know. Having these supplies on hand allows for quick and easy treatments of the every day cut and prevents having to show up in over crowded emergency rooms during this time.
- Bonus: Soap. Okay honestly this is less of a “wellness” product and more of an every day one. Please please please I beg of you, still wash your hands. Even if your trapped inside germs can still live in your home. And we need them off our hands.