Tis the season to be snotty ... this has been one sick winter! Last week the boys were out of school the majority of the week with colds. Wilson had a double ear infection and Cole had a never ending cough. Both boys also traded off getting seemingly never-ending bloody noses which was horrible - Wilson topped the charts with a 45-min gusher.
It's heartbreaking with kids are sick and there's not much we can do. Monday I finally brought both boys to the Dr. - his sentiment "yep, they're sick. And you're doing everything right." I just hate that "everything right" doesn't get the cold to go away! Here's what we did do, though - some did help make the boys feel a bit better.
Ear infection - warm pad on Wilson's ears trading off with a rag soaked in salt water to help his ears drain. Luckily we were able to avoid antibiotics because Wilson's ear popped (but in a good way - the fluid started draining).
Bloody nose - I have always been taught to tilt the head back, pinch the bridge of the nose, and catch the blood in a tissue. The Dr. told us for little kids it's different - that they should tip their head over a sink or something and let the blood run out. Matt tried this with Cole which totally freaked Cole out.
Cough - we cranked the shower to make lots of steam and sat both boys in the bathroom to open up their lungs.