Help! We Have Influenza A!

As most of you know, my family just got back from an awesome Disney trip.  Well, guess what we brought back with us?  Good ol’ Influenza A.

My little on got sick on the plane, spiked a fever & looked awful.  After a day of traveling back home, 3 out of 5 of us were sick.

{Influenza A Eyes}

I knew right away that what we had was more than a cold.  The symptoms made us (and are still making us) miserable.  I am on day 3 of a high fever.  Our coughs are out of control and our bodies and heads ache!  It is so sad to feel what my little ones are feeling at the same time.  I know how bad I feel, and it breaks my heart that they are feeling the same way, ESPECIALLY on Halloween!  No trick or treating for 2 of my girls.  Sad!

Here is where I need your help.  I am going to open a link up below, and would love you to link up any of your favorite home remedies or recipes, or simply just tips for me, that you rely on when sickness hits your home.  You can also leave links in the comments for me.  I will take all the advice I can get!

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  • John Lavender
    November 4, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    Yearly flu shot–no flu in the family for the last 15 years and we work in the medical field.

  • Hannah Elise
    November 3, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    I misunderstood and posted my name as the name of one of the two products I linked… oops. -_- Anyway… HIGHLY recommend TriLight Health’s herbal tinctures. My husband came down with the flu and a combo of Scout Out, LymphaRub, garlic capsules and vitamin C boosted his immune system enough to bring down his fever naturally within hours without OTC drugs (great link on fevers:, and I truly believe it greatly shortened the severity and duration of his symptoms.

    That was our first time using their cold/flu remedies, but I also have Wild Cherry Coffaway and Hear No Evil on standby in case my son ends up fighting a cough or ear infection this winter, and I’ve been taking their Original Herbal Formula multivitamin and Tri-Iron supplement to rebuild my immune system since being diagnosed as gluten-intolerant. My blood work now shows normal levels for iron! So, I also recommend them for general immune system balancing as well. 🙂

    Their tinctures are gluten-free and vegan, and they have quite a few child-safe and even pregnancy-safe formulas.

  • Kerriann
    November 2, 2012 at 2:16 am

    My family always just calls our alternative medicine doctor in Scranton, PA (Dr. John Grube). Somehow, he does over-the-phone muscle response testing and overnights the supplements – usually kicks anything out in a few days.. Seriously don’t know how this works but it does.

  • katie f
    November 1, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    LOTS of garlic

  • Patty
    November 1, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Go the the blog Camp Wander…this woan uses essential oils for everything!

  • Anonymous
    November 1, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Equal parts raw honey and apple cider vinegar. Epsom salt baths.

  • Amy
    November 1, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    One of those old fashioned ice packs with a screw-on top (we got ours at Walgreen’s I think) really feels good on a hot achy head. It sort of spreads out and stays put and adds just a little bit of pressure, which helped me when I had a nasty flu a while back. I always keep a can or two of chicken noodle soup because the broth and noodles were the only thing I could stand to eat. Also try Olive leaf extract and/or oil of oregano. Both found at health food store. Put a few drops of whatever essential oil smells comforting on a cloth to sniff. Sleep! Fluids! Feel better soon…

  • Anonymous
    November 1, 2012 at 11:14 am

    I have a great board on pinterest just for flu and colds, check it out Tana Wysong boards(I would invite you but I dont know how!) Hope you feel better soon

  • Peppermint Ph.D.
    November 1, 2012 at 11:12 am

    I cannot even imagine a little one (or anyone) sick on a plane…that’s just miserable!!! With the flu and high fever, the saddest thing is there isn’t much you can do, except wait it out. Stay as comfortable as possible and stay hydrated…we’ve learned the hard way a time or two how quickly a persistent fever can dehydrate a little one 🙁 Get well soon!!

  • Anonymous
    November 1, 2012 at 9:14 am

    My son has had lots of issues with asthma and sickness is the past and I agree with the last comment. Doterra essential oils, or to get faster relief really good organic oils from a local store in a diffuser is always an awesome relief. It is now our go to for everything. Good luck 🙂

  • April's Homemaking
    November 1, 2012 at 7:55 am

    When any of our family gets sick after lots of rest, and clear liquids, I always make a big pot of my Chicken Soup. I also make our soup, as well as drink lots of OJ whenever we feel a cold coming on, and it always seems to stop it in it’s track. I hope you and your family get better very soon! 🙂 April

  • karen gerstenberger
    November 1, 2012 at 4:39 am

    I’m so sorry you & your family are sick! I don’t have a remedy, but resting as much as possible is a great suggestion. God bless you!

  • Jenn
    November 1, 2012 at 4:35 am

    I had the same experience post-Disneyland this summer. Never been motion sick before and throwing up on the plane is not fun. It knocked me out for about 4-5 days. Lots of rest.

  • Krissa
    October 31, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    Oops…just noticed there’s a linky up there…I’ll link the posts up as well. 🙂

  • Krissa
    October 31, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    Here’s a post I wrote for Simple Homemade:
    I’m also a big fan of elderberry syrup:
    And push the liquids, Vitamin C, and Vitamin D. So sorry you all are sick! 🙁

  • Tiffanyjeans
    October 31, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    Doterra OnGuard! There is also a flu bomb recipe using Doterra essential oils.

  • Anonymous
    October 31, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    Sllllleeeeeppppp as much as you can. Take a daily hot shower or bath/change the sheets, open the window, take a walk around the block–freshness can help. And all the other words of wisdom as listed above mine.

  • Mama J
    October 31, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Our family manages to get sick every time we go to Disney.
    My friend just sent me a link for her “cure all” soup. (I’d leave out a few ingredients, but it looks good.)

    We also drink lots of freshly grated ginger tea with lemon, raw honey, and organic coconut oil.

  • Lori Alexander
    October 31, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    I posted cold and flu prevention which doesn’t help you now so much except the snorting salt water really helps. Take a cup of warm water and dissolve a half teaspoon of salt in it then just tilt it up to your nose and breath it in. It will come out of your mouth and then gargle with the salt water. Do it often throughout the day. It helps a lot. Fresh lemon and honey water helps a lot also. I got a bad cold last week with 102 degree fever and did the salt snort a lot and it only lasted one day. Praying your family gets better quickly. Oh, have your children gargle with the salt water. I am not sure they are old enough to try snorting it but it would be worth a try. Blessings, Lori

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