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Sick Day Management- What to have on hand

Discussion in 'Stickies' started by Flutterby, Oct 26, 2009.

  1. Flutterby

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    Can we start a thread on what was helpful for those that have already delt w/ the flu. Whats good to have on hand, little tricks and such. With so many developing the flu its nice to have a stock of things at home so you don't need to worry about running around to the pharmacy or stores to stock up.

    Maybe we can make this a sticky?

    I'll start a list, copy and past the list into your message with your suggestions.

    Ketone strips
    Diet drinks
    sugar drinks
    popsicles
    tylenol
    cough drops

    Thanks Jeff!
     
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2009
  2. tom_ethansdad

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    Ketone strips
    Diet drinks
    sugar drinks
    popsicles
    tylenol and ibuprofen. when Ethan had a fever that might have been flu the ped had us alternate tylenol and ibuprofen to make sure the fever stayed under control
    cough drops
    sugar free jello
    regular jello
     
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    The only other thing we have is Phenergen suppositories. For when that first bout of N/V hits, they don't have to wait a couple of hours for relief. Oh and germX, and then those Lysol cleaning sheet things (not sure what they are called) great for doorknobs and lightswitches. I tend to follow the sick around and disenfect whatever they touch.
     
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    Tissues
    extra toilet paper for the upset bellies/ wipes for sore bottoms
    extra bucket or basin for vomiting
    bleach or bleach wipes for cleaning
    disinfectant spray
    soup and crackers
    saline nasal spray
    vicks vapor rub
    extra D supplies
    Tamiflu if indicated
    Coloring books, crayons, drawing paper, puzzle books ect to keep kids occupied. Just wish I could have afforded the new Transformers movie. The boys are dying to see it.

    I just got back from Walmart and got everything on all these lists. Some may be overkill but I dont want to have run back out if I dont have to. I do have to go back to get blood ketone strips - they dont carry them and they have to be ordered. :mad:
     
  5. Flutterby

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    I'm headed to walmart on wednesday to stock up on all this things mentioned.. its always nice to have the stuff on hand and not have to worry about how and who will run to the store.
     
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    Ketone strips
    Diet drinks
    sugar drinks
    popsicles
    tylenol and ibuprofen. when Ethan had a fever that might have been flu the ped had us alternate tylenol and ibuprofen to make sure the fever stayed under control
    cough drops
    sugar free jello
    regular jello
    powered Gatorade - You can mix it double or triple strength to get more carbs in per sip
     
  7. Flutterby

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    THAT is a very good idea! Added it to my list!
     
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    Saline spray to clear out stuffy noses

    vaseline to put on the edges of sore noses

    ginger ale with real ginger for upset tummys (make it flat first)

    Chicken broth

    saltine crackers without the salt

    graham crackers

    cough strips (for the kids who hate liquid cough meds)
     
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    Vaporizer at night.
     
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    I don't know if any of you have tried this, but we use it often. We put the liquid Vicks in our vaporizers at night.
     
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    Along with everything else listed here, we keep little candycanes in the house. The peppermint is soothing to upset tummies, and it's a good way to work gradually on raising a stubborn low BG if you need to get it up to dose insulin for ketones.
     
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    Ketone strips I usually test every hour
    Diet drinks :confused:
    sugar drinks if you don't have any carbs you could get keytones
    popsicles suck on alot of cold/icy stuff
    tylenol i use diabetic tylenol, supposed to be sugar free:rolleyes:
    cough drops make sure they're sugar-free!!!
    Never turn insulin all the way off
    DRINK ALOT OF GATORADE!!!!!!!!!!
     
  13. Mistync991

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    ketone strips are good but i also like to have the percision xtra blood ketone meter and strips on hand

    ...for those who may not know what this is it test blood ketones and gives you the "now" vs. urine strips that show a few hours ago the levels of ketones
     
  14. Sarah Maddie's Mom

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    Actually, I'm pretty sure that people are just calling the blood ketone strips "ketone strips" - they mean just exactly what you are talking about. The urine sticks, most folks call ketostix ;) And most folks who have issues or histories of kids spilling ketones use the strips, not the stix.;)
     
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    We swear by Pediacare Gentle Vapors Nightlight. This helps the kids breathe through the night when they're stuffy.
     
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    why didn't i find this when E was sick last week? ;) Luckily, I had most of the stuff on this list. I LOVE the powder gatorade idea!
     

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