We all know one of the joys of having our children in a school in winter is all of the nasty bugs,germs, coughs and colds they pick up along the way. Not forgetting the dreaded headlice! When I was approached by Chemist.co.uk to write a must have list for going back to school I jumped at the chance.
Below you will find my must have items for returning to school and beating those winter blues. With 5 children I would like to think that I can be prepared as and when these things happen. Which inevitably they will.
- Any parent ( especially parents of girls!) will know exactly what it’s like when headlice strike. I was thrilled when I looked on chemist online and saw that they had Derbac M. I remember this being around when I was smaller and it being great. So first on my list I have Derbac M. ( Can also be used to treat scabies)
- Second on my list is also a must for times where headlice are a problem. I didn’t purchase one of these as I already have a couple of them but I promise you that you won’t find a better comb on the market for helping you to remove the lice and their eggs. The Nitty Gritty comb has spirals on each prong meaning that it grips the eggs and helps remove them.
- You can guarantee that there are always them stubborn eggs that refuse to leave the hair regardless of what you do. If you read my recent Hedrin review you will see that I was really impressed with the stubborn egg remover. There was no doubt that this was going to be on my list!
- Obviously headlice are not the only issue our children face in winter, there is also the small matter of coughs and colds. I highly recommend using Olbas Oil on their clothing at night time if they are snuffly and struggling. I find it really works well when combined with other things to help them. Such as propping up their heads and rubbing Vicks into their feet. So 4th on my list is Olbas Oil for Children.
- I was told that if you rub Vicks Vaporub on your feet it helps relieve coughs. Now I’m going to be honest here. I sat there and thought to myself, ” How on earth is this going to help my cough if it’s all the way down on my feet and not near my bad chest?”. Turns out it really does work! You rub it quite thickly onto the soles of your feet then cover with a pair of socks and leave on overnight. Don’t ask me how it works but it does!
- Coughs in children can sound horrific and can be quite scary. I’ve been in the situation where Freddie had croup and it was so scary waking up to hearing him struggle. Even now when the weather gets colder he can get a bit of a bad cough. They say that cough medicine doesn’t really do anything but I at least feel like maybe I’m trying to help or soothing their throats if I have something to try and help them and that is why Calcough soothing syrup was next on my list.
- Another thing that my children suffer with particularly Ellie is dry skin and sores. Ellie has eczema on her face and it only ever happens when the cold weather comes in. I find that if I keep some Vaseline in the cupboard she’s able to apply it to her face and it helps to ease the outbreak and keep her skin hydrated. Obviously Vaseline is also incredibly handy for many other things too such as scrapes and burns.
- As the weather gets colder we see a lot more cracked lips. Particularly if one of your children is a bit of a dribbler ( let’s face it most youngsters are!) and this can make their lips ridiculously sore. I always keep some lip balm in the cupboard. Not only does this come in handy for the kids but for us too. Gareth particularly suffers with cracked lips so Blistex Orange Mango was a definite for our list.
- Finally no back to school first aid set is complete without a full blown first aid kit. I was super duper mega impressed with this and particularly how much we got for the price. I genuinely have no idea why I haven’t bought one before but I thought I would take a photo of all of the contents just to show you how incredible and how much you get. This covers everything, bumps, scrapes, shock, CPR you name it , it’s in there. This first aid kit is a definite thumbs up from me!
I also took to Facebook and asked some blogging friends what essentials they think you should have to fight the bugs & germs. Here is what they had to say:
Katy from Katykicker “Anti-septic wipes are a must for grazes. I always take a couple out with us for trips to the park too!”
Lianne from Anklebiters Adventures ” A good immunity support vitamin to help build up their immune systems for the bugs “
Helen from My Crazy Family Story ” Hot water bottle, some plastic bowls and a good carpet cleaner ready for the sickness bugs ”
Christy from Welsh Mum of One “It’s not physical things but I would recommend researching a few apps and getting them on your phone ready. One of the things I use the most is a simple torch App on my phone! Also replaceable with a real torch of course. This will help look closely at any cuts / scrapes to see if there is anything in them, as well as things such as looking in the mouth. There are quite a few free torch apps available”
Erica from The Incidental Parent “For nits a Nitty Gritty nit comb and cheap conditioner. The plastic combs are no where near as good and you’re forever getting messages that nits are present in your child’s class…”
Beth from Twinderelmo “Try to get lots of vitamin c in them before the cold season hits so lots of oranges & orange juice in lunchboxes”
Laura from Dot makes 4 ” We have a little cool pack that we keep in the fridge for when the kids fall over. We call it Oopsy Daisy! It’s perfect when little ones hurt their knees!”
Victoria from Lylia Rose “Nitty Gritty for nits with some natural tea tree shampoo, plasters, Calpol and for a wholefood vitamin/mineral boost I use Sneaky Greens to make a smoothie/milkshake every morning”
Pete from Household Money Saving “We have a good selection of plasters. If we have a cut knee at home, it’s always a good way to stop the tears if they get to choose the picture on the plaster”
Jo from Cup of Toast “We have headlice shampoo, a nit comb, plasters, cold compresses, junior paracetamol and junior ibuprofen. We also give our boys daily vitamins, and cram their food with extra fruit and veg wherever possible. Early bedtimes are a must too, as is plenty of fresh water!
Sinead from Sinead Latham “Keep the nits at bay with Child’s Farm detangler; between the tea tree oil and grapefruit so far we have remained nit free (hoping I’ve not jinxed us now!)”
Jess from Mrs Helicopter Writes “Savlon and liquid piriton. The antihistamine is for play dates allergic to our cats. Quite a few times kids have come to play without realising we have three. ”
Janet from Falcondale Life “Micropore tape. My girls are a bit older. In secondary school they have pierced ears and have to tape over their earrings for PE lessons”
As you can see there are a large range of things that you can get in preparation for all the wintery bugs and germs. I ordered mine from Chemist.co.uk. Honestly I wasn’t sure how it would be when coming from an online chemist but I needn’t have worried. As I checked out it asked me to fill in a questionnaire about the medicines and who they were for. I thought this was great as it shows they are responsible over who they give medication to.
Now I’m off to get myself a Lemsip ( something for us adults) and have a little sniff as the little darlings have given me a cold!
- I was given a voucher to spend on Chemist.co.uk in exchange for a post about returning to school and winter bugs. All thoughts and recommendations are my own and any products purchased were chosen entirely by myself and not influenced.