Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Banish the Bug

The fire is crackling, the house is quiet and I'm in my office working away with a fresh cup of coffee in my hand. The dog is curled up at my feet, Pandora is playing, and occasionalIy I get a waft of the cinnamon candle burning in the next room. The house is spotlessly clean, the rugs have been shampooed, and all the laundry has been washed and put away.

One would think that I somehow managed to score a day at home, alone. If you walked into my house this morning you would wonder what was up. Where was the usual mess? Why was it smelling so clean? And most importantly, where did the kids go?

Well, they were home, (all of them) but it was no typical day. They were sick.

Yes, some moms would blog about a sick day with a totally different spin. I'm not saying that I like seeing my kids sick, but if I'm being honest, I like what happens when my kids are sick. No, I don't like them to be in pain, or so sick that they are miserable. But, the kind of sickies that create a desire to curl up on the cozy couch, get special treatment from mommy and watch back-to-back movies all day long; that's what I'm talking about. I get to baby them, which all us moms love to do, and in turn I get a relaxing peaceful day with no fighting. They don't want to get up and run around destroying the place, they just want to sleep or veg. All... day... long.

It's the perfect excuse to hunker down and not go anywhere. For this homebody, it's perfect!

As much as I like the relaxing atmosphere a little sickness can bring to the house, I don't like the bugs to stay long. I also don't want them to come around often. Once an awhile is fine, but like any other home, we want to banish the bug. It's no fun to take all of the kids to the doctor's at once, preventive care is on the forefront of our minds. 

It's as easy as a .99 cent bottle of Hydrogen Peroxide. A little trick we've learned over the years. It really works! When I start to feel a little scratch in my throat it's the first thing I do. We also do it once a week on everyone during the cold and flu season. It's very old school; the idea has been around a long time.

Here is a little article; I'm not just making it up:

In 1928, Dr. Richard Simmons, hypothesized that colds and flu virus enter our bodies through the ear canal. It was Dr. Simmons' hypothesis that, contrary to what we have been taught, we usually can catch the two via the ear canal and not through the eyes or nose or mouth as most of us believe. Dr. Simmons' findings were dismissed by the medical community.

According to Dr. Simmons, keeping your fingers out of our ears will greatly reduce our chances of catching colds and the flu, but we need to keep in mind that these 2 are microscopic and can be air-born and may land on/in our ears. Once these microscopic bodies have entered the inner-ear, they then begin to breed, and from there they have access to every avenue throughout our bodies to travel, and infect and make us sick.

Remarkable results can be achieved in curing colds and the flu within 12-14 hours when we administer a few drops of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2) into each ear. The H2O2 starts working within 2-3 minutes in killing the cold or flu. There will be some bubbling and in some cases mild stinging might occur. I do this myself and I can assure you that it is not painful in any way. It tickles more than anything.
Wait until the bubbling subsides - usually a few minutes - then drain onto a tissue and repeat with the other ear.
Although this practice is perfectly safe for infants and children to use, the loud bubbling and stinging may frighten them, and they will need someone they trust to put the hydrogen peroxide in their ears. DO NOT get hydrogen peroxide in the eyes - if you do, flush with water.


And as a bonus your ears will always be sparkling clean!

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  1. I like the way you looked at it: you're a 'cup's half-full kind of girl' and I admire that. And Hydrogen Peroxide? That's a nice revelation. My mom used to use it on a fungal infection I had on my fingers when I was younger. I can't remember the outcome though!

  2. Awwww... you're a good mama! I've got to start doing that!!!! Cute blog!

  3. Once in a while sickness w/ VERY active kids is ..... niiiiiiice, I hate to agree, but it is. :) Makes us slow down and do nothing, nadda... and I love that. :) My mom use to use the hydrogen peroxide too. I keep meaning to buy it!!! Hope your kiddos are better by now. BIG hugs!!

  4. o wow...gr8 post. and LOVING the last pic on this post!

  5. We contract sicknesses through the ear canal!?! That is crazy! I've never heard of that!

    1. I thought it was crazy too, but we have been doing the for years and are rarely sick. If we do get sick, it is very short lived. The kids know the routine well!!!