The Preschool Plague

Every parent who has ever put their child in preschool or daycare knows all to well, what I like to call, the preschool plague. You know, when your child’s nose streams fluorescent green snot, their eye-lids are crusty from the obscene amount of congestion building up inside, and they have this incessant need to croupy cough right into your face.

Each member of my family has contracted about ever pediatric illness known to man and a few that I believe have been dormant for years, since my son has reentered preschool. It’s as if we have all touched the snot encrusted teddy bears, trucks, and blocks that are around the classroom. No amount of hand washing, hand sanitizing, or Lysol can save you from this pandemic.

My poor son within the last month and half has had a sinus infection, cold/congestion, and ear infection. We get over one hurdle to be introduced to the next. During this time, I have tested numerous vapor rubs, nasal aspirators, and fever reducers. Here are my thoughts and what I feel is the best bang for your buck and sanity as a parent.

Vapor Rub: Now I’ve been known to use vapor rub personally when I haven’t needed it, because there is nothing like taking a deep and clear inhale through the nose. With my little one’s cold and congestion I have tested a number of infant/toddler friendly rubs.

Maty’s All Natural Petroleum and Menthol Free Baby Chest Rub was a staple when he was very small, and I have every plan on using it with boy babe number two, but I needed something a little stronger this time around. I will say, this natural remedy does not leave a sticky residue and holds a mild scent, but does the trick for the tiny ones.

Zarbee’s Naturals Baby Soothing Chest Rub is the perfect rub for those kids who are between a mild and severe cold. The eucalyptus, lavender, and beeswax chest rub has the perfect amount of fragrance and its application is clean and mess free. At the earlier stages of illness, this rub is ideal!

Vick’s Baby Rub Soothing Ointment is my vapor rub champion. When the preschool plague took full effect, I needed the strongest stuff I could find. With a twist of the cap, my son’s nasal passages immediately open up. When we snuggle before bedtime, I catch a whiff and my nose opens up too. Can one have a deep love for a chest ointment? If so, I’m madly in love!

*Another tip when it comes to vapor rubs, I put a little bit on both of his feet with socks. Does it do anything? I’m not sure, but it provides my son with needed comfort when it’s time for bed.

Nasal Aspirators: There is no question when it comes to nasal aspirators, always go with the Nose Frida. It is the perfect way to suck all of those boogers right out of their nose. As the website states, “it’s totally safe (for parents AND baby).” If the Swedes created it, it must be great, right!? I pair my Nose Frida with a few sprays in each nostril of Little Remedies Sterile Saline Mist. This power packed spray helps “moisturize and flush out mucus to clean little noses.” This combination works so well, that my kid comes up to me and asks for me to clean out his nose. If your two-year-old is asking for his nasal aspirator and saline mist, it must be GREAT!

*Another tip when it comes to saline mist, alternate mists from one nostril to the next.

The Tried and True: When it comes to the fevers and pain of ear and sinus infections, alternating between Infants Tylenol and Children’s Motrin, under a doctor’s supervision and designated dosage, is a must. My sons on an antibiotic as well as these pain and fever reducers, and we have seen a complete change in his mood and behavior.

*Remember, always refer to your pediatrician before administering these drugs. Your doctors will know and understand the appropriate dosage for your little one.

For all the parents out there who send their children to preschool, I send you my positive thoughts, surgical face mask, and Tide to Go Sticks for the snot crust you’ve accumulated on your shirt sleeve from your little one. You may find that these products provide you and your child some much needed comfort. God speed!

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