Argh… Alec is sick again! We avoided Open Nursery School all through February and the beginning of March while the flu was peaking but thought it would be safe to go back this week. Not so. Already the day after, Alec took a suspiciously long afternoon nap followed by a nightmare bedtime situation. He has been clingy and repeated the same nap- and bedtime routines yesterday and then started coughing yesterday afternoon. And today he feels pretty warm. So, officially sick. I am so over us all being sick all the time!
We try not to over-medicate so we are pumping our little guy full of vitamin C and lots of liquids: watered-down fresh-squeezed juice and warm ginger lemon drink. I make my own ginger lemon drink and add a little to water (instead of a squeeze of lemon) when I’m not sick. When I am sick, I’ll have half ginger lemon and half hot water as often as I can. I think it helps. And Alec likes it too! We just fill his sippy with about an inch of ginger lemon, add hot water, then cold on top until we get an ok temperature. Here’s the recipe:
Ginger Lemon Drink
- 3ish inches (or to taste) Ginger
- 2 lemons
- Fill a stock pot with hot water and bring to a boil.
- Rinse lemons so they are properly clean. Slice one (with peel and everything on) and squeeze the other.
- Peel and then finely slice, grate or use the peeler to make thin pieces of the ginger.
- Add ginger and lemon slices and juice to boiling water. Remove from heat. Cover and let stand for a few hours.
- When it’s completely cool, strain it into bottles.
- Heat up, or add hot water and honey for a soothing cold remedy, or add a few glugs to your water glass for a little lemony ginger taste.