My son started our most recent round of illness last week. He had a cold and was home from school three days. I caught it, and Rose caught it. Lilina has been draining and coughing for a month due to allergy and asthma.(She went to the doctor three weeks ago and did a phone consult two weeks ago.) I took both girls to the pediatrician yesterday and both were put on antibiotic. The cold has turned into a sinus infection for my oldest and the youngest has developed a throat infection from all the draining from the allergies. Mom is sick too but no doctor for me — yet.
I made hot and sour soup last night to soothe our throats. (More on the soup later — I used Swanson’s new soup starter, and I want to report in on the product.) I bought ice pops and got the ingredients to make the hot tea my mom used to make me when I little. Here’s the recipe for the hot spiced tea. It’s very 1970s but it’s good.
Spiced Tea from Vera at the First Baptist Church of Decatur
(Vera used to work with my mother at the church. She was the nicest woman ever. I used to call her “The Smiling Lady.”
I’m not sure if she is still alive.)
1 1/4 cups of Tang (I was worried the store wouldn’t carry it but it did.)
1/2 cup of sugar
1/3 cup instant tea
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
dash of salt and mix
My mother would keep it in a glass jar for when we were sick. (I can still picture the etching on the glass.) You would use a teaspoon or so with hot water. So I plan to mix that up today for me and Rose.
One other item to mention. My pediatrician didn’t want the girls taking a cough suppressant with asthma and instead recommended the Zarbee’s Natural Children’s cough syrup. (She likes the grape and lemon flavors.) I got the nighttime formula. So the big ingredients are dark honey, Vitamin C, Zinc and melatonin, which is what your body produces to help you sleep. I did notice they fell asleep really quickly last night. I guess that was why. I didn’t read the box until this morning. So I was surprised to see that in there.
What are your favorite home remedies when your kids are sick? Do you pull out stuff from your childhood? Do you make things your mom used to make you? (My hot and sour soup for a sore throat started when we lived in New York City and Chinese take out was so ubiquitous.) Have you ever tried the Zarbee’s cough syrups?