So, as I’m typing this, I’m listening to my toddler cough and moan in his crib when he’s usually napping this time of day. Poor guy has his first ever really bad head cold.
When I say first ever I’m not exaggerating or boasting by any means. It’s just that I can count on one hand how many times he’s been sick in his life. But I digress.
Today I want to talk about the importance of creating a sickness protocol plan or SPP. What on earth, you ask? Fancy shmancy words I’m just throwin’ around, right? Basically, what I’m saying is it’s a good idea to have a plan in place for when sickness hits your family.
I make about 75% of the remedies we use in our home mostly because I like to know what ingredients are in them. I don’t like the ingredients in a lot of the OTC medicines out there today. Don’t get me wrong, I use Tylenol and Motrin with my kids but I generally avoid most OTC medicines for them because they treat symptoms and not the cause. I love supporting our immune systems with essential oils, homeopathic remedies, herbal teas and natural supplements because not only do they address symptoms to offer relief-they also help the body fight illness.
I recently typed up a sickness protocol because I realized how many different steps I take when sickness strikes. It’s not as simple as reaching for a one stop OTC medicine. I want to be prepared. Nobody likes to be woken up in the middle of the night to the sound of vomiting. Having a plan to immediately set into action can help. At least I hope, right?
Your first step is going to be to asses what illnesses most commonly occur in your home or what you want to be prepared for.
It’s very important to note on your protocol if there are remedies you use that aren’t recommended for children under a certain age. (ie: honey for kids OVER the age of 1) While some of these guidelines might be ingrained in your mind, it’s still a good idea to have them there as a reminder for yourself as well as others.
Your second step is going to be to asses what remedies you will use for each illness and list accordingly.
*I am not a medical professional. Always consult with your doctor or health practitioner if you have questions regarding medicines, even natural ones. Read all instructions, dosing, things like essential oil dilutions, usage and safety. Natural does not mean 100% foolproof! Not all essential oils are safe to use around children. I recently learned that “therapeutic grade” means nothing because there is no regulation in place to certify any oil as therapeutic grade. Therapeutic grade does not ensure safety or purity. PLEASE do your research.
Your third step is to list the illness, then the corresponding remedies with dosage and application.
Basically this is how I type out my entire protocol. I list each illness and then each remedy with dosage/instructions. I keep it taped to the inside of my medicine cupboard so it’s easy to access. On the left here you can see my protocol sheet.
Your fourth and final step is to make sure you have those remedies on hand. Obviously you can’t have everything all the time at any given moment. But you can be prepared with some basic remedies. I make a homemade cough syrup with a shelf life of up to 2 months. I just make sure I always have the basic ingredients to make it. I’ll make a small batch, enough to get us through that illness. It takes planning but it’s not unreasonable. *Check back soon for a peak into my medicine cupboard and my top five basics for sickness.
I love natural remedies and a holistic approach to health. But I want to say, should my children need to see a doctor, I would not hesitate to take them. My 3 month old was in emerge a few weeks ago with a high fever. He turned out to be fine. I still took him because I want to make sure there was nothing more serious going on. *Consult with a doctor when you have a young child with a high fever. In infants 3 months and younger, a fever of 100.4 should be discussed with a doctor.
When it comes to using the methods I’ve chosen, it hasn’t been without research and consideration as I’m sure it’s the same for you. All that to say, however you support your family during sickness, it isn’t a bad idea to be organized! Wishing you ALL the best of health this season!
Do you use natural remedies when illness hits your family? What are some of your favourites? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!