Warning: This post is semi-gross. Experienced mommies should not be too phased though. 🙂
When I think of a food/pantry stockpile, I generally think of disasters and being stuck in home with no electricity – I do not associate a pantry stockpile with diarrhea.
Well, as a mom I should and now – I do.
Jackson has had some type of stomach bug or virus – something. The last 48+ hours have not been pretty. At the first signs of sickness, I rushed to the store only to find the Pedialyte section of the shelf almost empty. There must be something going around my part of town. This made me think – Grab all the Pedialyte! I didn’t but I did grab enough to last me for 2-3 days.
Just 2 weeks ago, I went to the store armed with a shopping list about 3 pages long just for stocking my pantry for disaster type situations. So how is it I do not have any of the items for my son in this disaster of a situation!
My original pantry stockpile list looked something like this:
- 6 cans of each: greens beans, carrots, peas and corn
- 6 cans black beans, kidney beans, and some other bean
- 6+ cans diced tomatoes
- 6 large cans of each: tuna, chicken, chili (with meat)
- Multilpe cans of cream of chicken and cream of mushroom
- 6 cans of each: peaches, pineapple, mandarin oranges, and pears
- Bags of almonds, cashews, and peanuts
- Multiple jugs of water (I buy 1-2 jugs every time I’m at the store)
- Flour, sugar, yeast, and other baking items
We try to buy a survival food kit every once in a while too.
There was more but I can’t find my original list. But you know what wasn’t on my list? Applesauce, Jello, Pedialyte/Gatorade, crackers, and baking soda.
Rice was on my original list but for whatever reason, I didn’t pick it up that day. Of course – right?
So now, I’m amending my “always keep in the pantry” list to include boxed jello – apparently, liquid jello/jello water really helps with diarrhea. I will also keep pedialyte or Gatorade and jars of applesauce in the pantry. And grits – but I always have grits in the pantry 🙂 Why would I add baking soda? Baking soda is awesome. Add 2 tablespoons to the kid’s bath to soothe their little red hineys. It has something to do with the pH level… But seriously, keep a large stash of it in the house. Soo..
Added to the List
- Boxed Jello
- Baking Soda
- Diaper Rash Cream
- Cloth wipe/ washrags
If you are a mommy to babies or toddlers still in diapers or even just out of diapers, keep diapers in stock as well as cloth wipes or lots of baby washcloths, and something for diaper rash. It has been a really rough 2 going on 3 days… days filled with lots of diaper changes. Even though Jackson is in the beginning stages of potty training, he just has no control over this diarrhea, so diapers it is.
Learn from my mistakes – be ready for natural disasters as well as sickness. Have frozen meals in the fridge ready to go for the rest of your family while you are sick. Most likely, you will not have the energy or time or will to prepare dinner.
I’m off to take a nap… After I send my grocery list to my husband 🙂