Feeling sick stinks. The snuffles and sniffles send our head into a spin, and we lie around despondent, wondering how we used to take our clear nasal passages for granted.
But there can be perks even in the cold times - the people who take care of us. So we asked a few bella gals what their families do to make them feel better when they’re stuck in the runny-nose rut.
We asked -
What are some of the weird and wonderful things your parents or carers do to help you get better when you get sick? How do they nurture you and love on you? How do they torture you with horrible health concoctions? Does it work?
When I'm sick Mum and my brothers wait on me, getting me food and drinks and whatever. Mum always makes sure I have everything I need like tissues and soothers and heat packs and sets me up on the couch to watch movies. She gives me medicine to make me feel better.
I don't like taking tablets much, so one time she got me the dissolvable ones and they tasted so gross. Now she specifically gets me liquid capsules because they are the only ones I like.
Other strange things mum makes me do... put honey on ulcers - it burns… put Vicks on my feet at night to stop coughing. She also has this Vietnamese green medicine to put on sore muscles. It's like deep heat but doesn't burn as much.
The only time Mum is happy for us to drink Coke is when we are sick. She reckons it kills the germs. No matter what is wrong with my brothers and me, there is always something in the medicine box to help!
I don't really get sick that often but when I do my Mum smothers me with love and makes sure I have everything I need like Panadol, a hot water bottle and plenty of fluids like cooled boiled water and flat lemonade.
Olive Leaf Extract is the worst thing my Mum has made me drink, it apparently helps you build up your immune system to prevent you from becoming sick, although I don't get sick that often, so maybe it actually works!
Usually when I am feeling sick my parents make sure I have plenty of water and that I have taken the right medicine. When I have a sore throat dad makes a special cup of tea that has lemon, ginger and honey in it. Another thing that helps my sore throat is honey with some cinnamon. Both of these things can taste a bit weird but they work almost 100% of the time. Then they also make sure I get plenty of rest so I feel better.
My parents usually say "You'll survive, you’re just tired"! Dad says weird things and Mum just hugs me. They have never tortured me with horrible health concoctions but they used to say that if you eat your veggies you would get curly hair!
Well it didn't work for them because we eventually figured out that our hair wasn't going curly at all. So we confronted Mum and she said that we weren't eating veggies like we were supposed to and we had to eat them with extremely good manners. Being 7 years old and under, we thought this magical mystery must be true. So we tried for ages to eat our veggies properly.
We then figured out that it still wasn't working so we gave up on her and realised we were being tricked because our hair wasn't getting any curlier. (So we turned to the complete opposite, not eating vegetables and not eating nicely at all!)
Thank you Innika for your research on this topic!
Do you have any wacky remedies to add to this list? We love a quirky get-well tonic, especially if it actually works!
We say remember to thank those who care for you when you're under the weather, because it's tough getting better on you're own, which most of us have to do at some point. Might be smart to take notes from the ones who look after us, so we can pay it forward someday.