With the change in seasons and the cold air coming there are colds and sickness in the air. Recently, my youngest son Max developed such a fever that we had to take him to the hospital because of a high fever and croupy cough. While the doctors were able to give him a steroid for the coughing they recommended doses of Childrens Advil (Ibuprofen) for effective fever and pain relief.
When we left the hospital I realized we didn’t have any Children’s Advil at home so on to Walgreens I went to pick up the needed pain reliever.
The Children’s Advil was located in the back of Walgreens with an overhead label that read “Children’s Medicine.” I realized at first that the Children’s Advil came in chewable tablets in grape flavor but decided to go with liquid medicines since my toddlers were just starting to get use to the texture and taste of liquid medicines (where as before this year they hated taking medicine). I opted for the Children’s Advil Berry Liquid Flavor as Max (and all of my children) love berries.
Max was feverish for awhile and eventually my other two toddlers began to develop a small fever as well. To help the babies feel better I made sure they took the prescribed doses of Children’s Advil and had plenty of liquids. Because children need plenty of liquid intake while having fevers I thought it would be fun to create a Raspberry Banana smoothie, as one of these drinks.
Below are the ingredients I used:
Raspberry Banana Smoothie: (yields 5 servings)
What you need:
- Banana (can use more than 1)
- A pint of Raspberries (or could use more)
- 5 cups of Apple Juice (or could use more)
- *DO NOT* INCLUDE THE CHILDREN’S ADVIL in the mix
There is no particular order for adding the ingredients however I started with the fruit since I knew my toddlers would try to get their hands on these before making them into the smoothie.
So in the banana went.
Then I poured in the pint of raspberries.
Next I poured 5 cups of Apple juice over the fruit
Lastly I poured in the ice.
Next I put the lid on the blender and hit the “Blend-Smoothie” button on my blender for less than a minute and shook the blender a little by hand to be sure it mixed well.
I felt it would be fun to serve the smoothie in mason jars with green straws. For some extra taste I added a few raspberries that we had in our fridge into the smoothie. The children enjoyed the smoothie. Below I got little snap shots of my boys enjoying their smoothie.
The nourishment of the liquids (plus essential vitamins) made for a cool and refreshing drink to help in that time of sickness. By the following morning the toddlers were doing much better, fevers had broke and Max’s croupy cough was no more. #FightFever
What are some things you do to help your children (or self) feel better when there is sickness or fevers?