Cold and flu season is no fun for sick children or their Mommas. Stuffy noses, sore throats and fevers are bad, but stomach bugs are especially horrid. Especially when they hit without warning.
After too many stomach bugs hitting and finding me unprepared, I’ve created a Stomach Bug Survival Kit to keep on the shelf in our medicine closet. No more searching for a bucket or bowl when queasiness hits. I keep all our favorite tummy soothing supplies in the bowl so I’m prepared anytime of day or night. Since our medicines are kept in the linen closet, I just grab our Survival Kit and a few towels when crisis hits.
When I pack our Stomach Bug Survival Kit I just grab a big bowl, add Bigelow’s Lemon Ginger tea and a few homemade heat packs and store the whole thing in the medicine closet until it’s needed.Lemon Ginger is the tea I reach for first when an upset stomach hits. It instantly soothes a tummy ache! Ginger and lemon are the perfect combination for many cold symptoms and nausea too.
My children always want me close by when their stomachs hurt, with our Stomach Bug Survival Kit all the supplies we need are on hand so I’m free to cuddle my child instead of running all over the house.
Sewing a Homemade Heat Pack is really simple. In fact I made several this week, because you never know when a stomach virus will take down several kids at once! I’ll teach you how to make one below. These homemade reusable heat packs actually stay on your child’s tummy, thanks to tubes sewn in the pack to keep the rice in place. No more rice sliding all to one side like traditional homemade heat packs!
Make your own Reusable Heat Pack
- 1/3 yard flannel fabric
- rice (a 5 lb bag will fill 3 reusable heat packs)
- disappearing fabric pen
Fold the 1/3 yard of fabric in half.
Cut the fabric as pictured below. Do NOT cut the folded edge! You end up with a piece of fabric 9 inches x 26 inches once unfolded.
Turn the reusable heat pack right side out. Next you will sew tubes to keep the rice in place. Using a disappearing fabric pen, draw one line down the middle of the rice pack, and then two more lines, each half way from the first drawn line and the edge of the heat pack.
Sew the lines, starting about 1/4 an inch from the edge of the bottom seam, and then stop an inch from the open end of the rice pack. See the photo below. I sewed my seams with red thread so they’d be easy for you to see.
Head to Walmart for some Bigelow Lemon Ginger tea and the supplies for a Homemade Reusable Heat Pack before the next stomach bug hits.