Friday, January 16, 2009

Helmet Head Protector

Health Canada is requiring manufacturers to relabel over-the-counter cough and cold medicines with certain active ingredients to indicate that they should not be used in children under 6. The effectiveness of such medicines for children is in questions, along with reports of misuse, overdose and very rare serious side-effects have raised concerns about the use of these medicines in children under 6.

DJ (5), Anderson (4) and Madigan (almost 2) are all very sick. So, heeding the warning from the Canadian government agency, we are not treating their cold and flu symptoms with over-the-counter cough and cold medicines. Instead, lots of cuddles, tissues, children's Tylenol, chicken soup, ice cream, TV, extended computer time and rest is our current course of treatment.

This afternoon, a very sick DJ came up to me and asked me if we could make this:

I told him, that would be a great afternoon craft. Grandma and Grandpa sent this cool book of Knight games and crafts...and it is common knowledge that DJ is TOTALLY into horses, knights and medieval time stuff. I commented that maybe we could play knights after and have lots of fun with his new knight's helmet.

"Mommy, I am not making a knights helmet, I making a helmet head protector for my wobbley head. It is to help keep my brains from dripping out and to make my head stop being wobbley and bangy - that's why I want to make it."

Poor little he is curled up in bed, with his helmet head protector on...and still feeling under the weather.


Tara R. said...

That is priceless. A helmet for his 'wobbley' head. Poor baby. I hope everyone is feeling better soon.

InTheFastLane said...

That is so sweet and yet sad...I hope you all feel better soon. I think I have the same virus going on in my head. Could he make me a helmet too?

Shauna said...

Hope you have a beautiful weekend! ♥ Hugs :)

Mrs. Schmitty said...


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Pregnantly Plump said...

Poor guy! I do a little freelance writing, and recently wrote something about the healing properties of honey. A recent study showed it was more effective for soothing a sore throat than cough medicines. You aren't supposed to give it to children under 12 months, but maybe it could help your kids? I read several different recommendations, but the lemon juice/honey combination made the most sense to me. Put a teaspoon of honey into a tablespoon, then fill with lemon juice and take a few times a day.
Hope they feel better soon!

forgetfulone said...

How very cute! Just letting you knwo there's a little something on my blog for you.

Lainey-Paney said...

THAT is so precious!!!

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Mighty Morphin' Mama said...

Oh my gosh, he is the cutest! Hope they are feeling better now. Poor guy.