Back from Winter Break Essentials

by Craig Lindsley

 Winter breaks are coming to an end and time is getting closer to send the kiddos back to school for another semester. Whether your student is going back to grade school or you’re looking to stock up your college student for their return to the dorms, check out these FSA Eligible items to help protect your child and family against cold, flu or COVID.

1. Disposable Face Masks 100 Pack (FSA/HSA Eligible)

It’s always a good idea to keep a spare mask or two on hand. These black, three-ply masks are perfect to stash in backpacks and lockers just in case. Sturdy and breathable, these masks are a comfortable option for the entire school day.

Review: Lightweight durable comfortable & can wear for an extended period of time without feeling like my breathing is restricted. I am asthmatic and I’d recommend these masks to anyone else that feels like their breathing is restricted from other masks 100%” – Amazon Customer 

2. Purell Prime Defense Advanced Hand Sanitizer - 6 Pack (FSA/HSA Eligible)

Easy to keep in a backpack, pocket or locker these travel size bottles of maximum strength hand sanitizer are ready for you when you need it. This six pack allows you to outfit the entire family.

Review: We’ve been using the Prime Defense option now for several months and are very happy with it (perfect size for keeping in the car). This particular offering of (6) in a pack gives us a very good stock up opportunity for the next few months.”- Amazon Customer 

3. Amazon Brand - Solimo Disinfecting Wipes - Lemon Sent Pack of 3 (FSA/HSA Eligible)

Your kid brings all sorts of things to school and back. Make sure that you’re minimizing the number of germs they’re transporting with this handy three pack of disinfecting wipes. A quick wipe will take care of 99.9% of bacteria leaving behind a pleasant lemon scent.

Review: I cannot tell the difference between these and the name brand wipes. I have tried a couple of side-by-side comparisons with name brand wipes in my kitchen and cannot tell a difference between the two. Oddly when I was cleaning a chalk board, the Solimo cleaned a little better” 

– Amazon Customer

4. iHealth COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test - 2 Pack (FSA/HSA Eligible)

This two-pack of at home COVID tests gives you quick 15-minute results via an easy-to-use nasal swab. The fully optional app allows you to set up a small group of your family members to monitor results and share as needed.

Review: This test is identical to the tests my wife and I took to verify that we were COVID Negative upon our arrival to the UK. In this case we took the tests before heading to a Thanksgiving gathering just to make sure we did not have an asymptomatic infection. There are no gimmicks, requires no registration of the test results, and does not require “interpretation” by a smart phone app. The process is simple. Swab both of your nostrils as indicated in the instructions, swirl the swab in the small vials of solution provided, place the cap on the vial, and squeeze three drops of the vial into the lateral flow test. You’ll have your results within 15 minutes. The photos show how to read the results as well as both of our negative test results. Easy peasy! Each kit has two tests. We ordered a couple more kits for future use just to be sure even though we are both vaccinated and boosted” 

– Amazon Customer

5. Braun ThermoScan 5 Digital Ear Thermometer (FSA/HSA Eligible)

The Braun in ear thermometer provides fast and accurate results time after time. The thermometer features an easy-to-read display and audible notifications when temperature collection has completed. The disposable lens filters help make it easy to keep things clean and sanitary, even when being used by several different people

Review: Working well and a good product, temperature variation is negligible, and comes with a full set of disposable cups for taking temperature. I am happy that I brought this product instead of cheaper infrared temperature sensors” 

– Amazon Customer

6. Children's Tylenol Cold + Cough + Runny Nose & Fever Medicine (FSA/HSA Eligible)

Children’s Tylenol is great to keep on hand when those surprise coughs and runny noses appear. The kid-friendly grape flavor is easy on your little one’s stomach and its fast-acting formula means that your kiddo is able to find comfort quickly.

Review: This is pretty much the only flavor my kids will drink, it smells good and has a good taste and it does what it is supposed to – reduce fever, get rid of pain and discomfort” 

– Amazon Customer

7. Pedialyte AdvancedCare Electrolyte Solution - Strawberry Lemonade(FSA/HSA Eligible)

Hydration mainstay Pedialyte is perfect to keep on hand for those times that you need quick hydration due to illness. More effective than normal household beverages, the refreshing Strawberry Lemonade flavor is great for both kids and adults alike.

Review: I will be honest; my wife is the glue that binds us. She takes care of everything. Well, when she got sick, I had to take care of her. This stuff really helped. She always called Pedialyte, “hospital in a bottle.” 

– Amazon Customer

8. Ricola Dual Action Cough Suppressant & Oral Anesthetic Throat Drops - Honey Lemon (FSA/HSA Eligible)

The Ricola honey-lemon flavor cough drops mixture of natural herbs provide natural relief to coughs and sore throats. Easy to keep on hand, these cough drops provide support to other cold and flu treatments without the concern of over medication.

Review: I love these drops. not only is the herbal mix so soothing to my throat, the liquid center really packs that “I can Breathe” moment. I had not tried these before so the center explosion was a bit overwhelming but after the first one, they become very pleasant the let melt. I will never use another drop again” 

– Amazon Customer

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