So after visiting Amsterdam and falling in love with this exciting and very charming place, we packed our bags and left the hotel, in our wonderfully practical and fully loaded minivan. My key secret to having a peaceful road trip with a toddler, is load that car with anything and everything I could lay hands on, meaning: Before we go anywhere, we pass by the supermarket and we stock up on water, fruits, vegetables, yogurt, cheese, crackers …etc. I also make sure I include plenty of my “busy boxes”, which are shoeboxes filled with different things. Each box has a theme, one can be filled with crayons, paper, pencils, glitters, and other art supplies. Another one can have some glue, some cardboard, and some pre-cut pieces of paper. Sometimes when I feel very crafty I would make them into different shapes. A shoebox can also contain a book and things related to that book, for example we had “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”, so back home, before we traveled, I made a caterpillar and some oranges, some strawberries, some plums, a moon, an egg… etc. Adam loves telling us the story using these little things! You can fill these boxes (or bags if you prefer) with anything you like and they are a great way to keep a toddler busy!
Stopping the car from time to time and stepping out to get some fresh air is also a great way to enjoy the trip. Adam loved the greenery that was abundant and surrounding us from every angle! We got to run a bit, roll on the grass and meet new friends which is always a blessing!
Adam discovered Pizza in this trip! He had it for the first time in his life, and he loved it! So it made it very easy to have dinner in the car while baba is driving. This way we didn’t have to worry much about wasting time or missing dinner, because Adam is always so tired by the time we reach the hotel.
We all love music, so we always carry some CDs with us when we travel, and we listen to them during our trip. One of them works like magic in putting Adam to sleep, and this way we never missed any of his naps (It was a gift for his first birthday, and that’s exactly why we love the friends who got it for him- or should I say for us- Thank you Mirna & Sergio lol).
Road trips are one of the very awesome things we do. I love them insanely because growing up I used to go in so many of them with my family and I have such great great memories from that sweet time! So I am so glad that I get to do the same thing with my small family!
I must say this time I was a little more worried about how will Adam be in this road trip, because he wasn’t feeling so well. The last week of our 3 weeks stay in Morocco, Adam seemed like he had a tummy bug, and for three days he had a fever that reached 40 degrees one night. It was the first time Adam gets sick this bad and of course I was panicking. Luckily I always trust my instinct, it never fails me. Although his symptoms looked like a flue, and my whole family agreed on that piece of info, I knew it was something he ate and his tummy now harboured a dam cursed bacteria that was refusing to let go! I am no doctor but this is what worked for me regardless of who said what.
1- First and foremost, NEVER EVER EVER give a child something to stop his diarrhea or vomiting!! This is the body’s natural way of cleansing itself, if you stop it by giving medicine, the bacteria will never leave and you will only suppress the symptoms. Instead make sure you hydrate the body with plenty of water, or water with a teaspoon of sugar (to replenish the minerals), give few sips of green tea, it works like a miracle! Also give plenty of starchy food (when the child is able to eat, because you should never force them to eat), like potatoes, rice, carrots, and even chocolate.
2- Use garlic in anyway you can! I used to crash it, leave it to rest for 15 minutes and then give it to Adam. Garlic contains a compound called Allicin, which has potent medicinal properties. It is a real wealth so use it generously.
3- Fenugreek, a miracle when it comes to boosting the immune system! Because the child’s immune system is at its lowest, we need to look into ways to revitalize it. I would soak some fenugreek seeds overnight, and give Adam a teaspoon of that water every morning. It is safer to use small doses and it sure helps like nothing else!
4- For the fever, I swear by vinegar!! Soak the child’s socks in vinegar, and put them on for him, repeat this whenever needed. It really does wonders. In 15 minutes you will start noticing the fever going down.
5- Lemon and organic honey!! Amazing for anything and everything! Just squeeze half a lemon, mix it with a teaspoon of honey and give the child to drink.
I also always include lots of ginger (in soups), parsley, blueberries, turmeric, and onions in Adam’s diet whenever he is sick. It is a great way to help the body heal itself naturally.
It took Adam one whole week to recover totally, but I haven’t used any medicine at all. No antibiotics no anti-inflammatory, nothing at all! I did take him to see a doctor afterwards though, just to confirm that he is well and nothing is wrong. We then found out that he had salmonella! YES! I have no idea how he got it, but whatever I did was the best way to deal with it! You never want to suppress an infection (in this case Salmonella) by giving antibiotics, this will just make matters worse. You need to give it a chance to leave the body entirely and peacefully!
I hope today’s tips help you even a tiny bit and Thank you for reading!!