The Best Ways to Care for Someone with the Flu


The Best Ways to Care for Someone with the Flu
It's February and love is in the air. Unfortunately, so are flu germs. According to the CDC, flu activity peaks between December and March and can even last into May.
Here are some ways you can care for your own family or someone else who is dealing with this nasty seasonal illness. Sadly, not much can be done to shorten flu symptoms, but these ideas are sure to brighten up some miserable days.

The Best Ways to Care for Someone with the Flu

  • Take them chicken soup, of course! There's a reason why homemade soup is the first thing we think of making for someone who is sick. Besides being delicious, chicken bones cooked for hours are proven to release the nutrients from the bones, releasing immune boosting vitamins and minerals. This recipe is delicious with noodles or rice.
  • Take them drinks. You typically don't want to eat anything when you have the flu, but staying hydrated is a must. Orange juice, ginger ale, and green tea are excellent choices to provide hydration as well as helpful vitamins and antioxidants.
  • The Best Ways to Care for Someone with the Flu

  • Take them popsicles. Store bought or homemade, ice pops are a comforting treat for a sore throat. Bonus points for using fresh fruit.
  • Take them a tea basket. A basket with cold- and flu-fighting gifts would bring a smile to someone who is achy. Include soothing teas, honey, lemon, tissues, nasal spray and Vitamin C or cough drops. The DIY Mommy has some great ideas and cute free printables.
  • Take a meal to the family. A friend and I recently teamed up to take a meal to a family where both of the parents had the flu. Even if they couldn't enjoy it that evening, we knew their kids would. We made extra so that they could have leftovers. Don't forget the paper plates and plastic utensils, so there aren't any dishes to worry about. Leave the meal on their doorstep to avoid any potential spreading of germs.
  • The Best Ways to Care for Someone with the Flu

  • Speaking of germs, if you have any sickness in your home and are scheduled to take a meal, please consider making other arrangements. Postpone your meal, order pizza, or have a delicious meal shipped from our webstore. The last thing you want to do is bring your sickness into a friend's home.

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Adina & Maureen
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Welcome! We're thrilled you stopped by. Our own joys and sorrows have taught us that a well-timed meal delivered by a friend is one of the best gifts imaginable. In this space, we share our favorite recipes to take to friends, meal-taking tips, and other ways to care for those who are dear to you.

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