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Old 01-24-2008, 10:20 AM   #11
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Bourbon, Honey (or simple syrup) some lemon works nicely. In fact just by a bottle of Wild Turkey American Honey (71 Proof)...Give by the teaspoon...
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Old 01-24-2008, 10:45 AM   #12
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I am back from the store. I picked up a humidifier for the main areas, and two Vick's warm air humidifiers for the kids room and ours. They are going now, hope it helps.
I also picked up the lemonade so the kids can have the warm lemonade and honey. The wife remembers the hot toddy but couldn't remember whats in it, so thank you for that!
She also says she has heard of the gypsy remedy, I have onions and honey so I just might give that a shot to just to see.
I am thinking, if she heard of all these things why didn't she tell me?? LOL. She says she remembers about them just not how to make them or whats in them. I know I had heard about home remedies before, so I was hoping you guys would have some of them in your arsenal! I know there are tons listed on the Internet, but I would rather hear from people that actually use them, too important and the Internet is too unreliable for this stuff.
I am just tired of paying the high prices for the OTC stuff and not having it work that well, so I appreciate all the home made stuff you guys are giving me!
Thanks!
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Old 01-24-2008, 11:27 AM   #13
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I really feel for you Maverick. It's horrible having your entire family sick. I don't use OTC stuff much because it doesn't seem to really help anyway. The advice given here is very good. Warm liquids with honey are soothing to throats and help keep you hydrated. Chicken soup really is good. I also feed things like yogurt, cottage cheese, and fruits. Don't laugh - I also am a firm believer in the healing power of a hot bath. The steam is good for coughs, it helps relieve aches and pains, and it helps sick people to sleep. While they soak in the tub, I change the sheets. It goes a long way towards a full night's sleep. Good luck and I hope you're all well soon.
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Old 01-24-2008, 02:36 PM   #14
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Look for Advil cold and sinus. I'm not sure how old your kids are, but depending on their age/weight they may be able to take these. They are a freaking miracle drug. Everyone (except me) in our family got sick on a much anticipated trip to Disney World and Advil cold and sinus got my husband (39) daughter #1 (10) and daughter #2 (8 and very skinny!!) from being miserable the whole trip.


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Old 01-25-2008, 12:00 PM   #15
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This won't help now, but for the future: Ever since I started getting flu shots, I have rarely gotten a cold - maybe 2-3 in 10 years. Yes, it's a sample size of one, but FWIW, there you go
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Old 01-25-2008, 12:22 PM   #16
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Maverick2722,
I just got a message from my friend who I gave the nebulizator, they don't have it anymore. Apparently, his wife sold it this summer with some other stuff on a garage sale.
Sorry about this, I thought they still had it.
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Old 01-25-2008, 02:44 PM   #17
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Thats OK, I really appreciate you looking into it, and am very grateful for the offer!
Thank you!
The two Vicks warm air humidifiers seem to be helping some, and the kids seem to have recovered, and the humidifier downstairs is helping. The wife still has a terrible chest cough and congestion, though. I keep trying to get her to get into the Dr., but she is stubborn, grrrr.
I looked into having the ducts cleaned and re-sealed, its about $800 but I think it is worth it?
Can't hurt at least.
Thank you all for your help. We tried the lemonade with honey and the kids liked it and said it helped. I found out I was out of onions, so as soon as I get some I am going to try the gypsy cough syrup.
My wife was thinking of adding crushed aspirin to the lemonade mixture and maybe the cough syrup, can't hurt?
I stocked up on chicken soup as well

Thanks again, everyone!
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Old 01-25-2008, 05:37 PM   #18
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... My wife was thinking of adding crushed aspirin to the lemonade mixture and maybe the cough syrup, can't hurt? ...
YES - IT CAN!!! Read this before you do it.
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YES - IT CAN!!! Read this before you do it.
Michael is right. While Reye's Syndrome is relatively rare, it's high fatality rate is responsible for pediatricians recommending against giving children aspirin. You can alternate ibuprofen and acetaminophen to bring down fever and control pain safely in children but no aspirin. I worked for a veterinarian many years ago who's 3 year old son had been given aspirin for a viral infection and a week later, he developed Reye's Syndrome and died within hours of becoming ill.
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Old 01-25-2008, 06:52 PM   #20
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yikes! thanks guys for the info, could have been a disaster there for us. But this means I could put some acetaminophen in if I wanted to? Or in your opinions is it best to just stay away from adding anything entirely?
Maybe there is something that naturally reduces fever or pain that can be added?
I feel another Google search coming on, LOL.
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