No one likes when their kids are sick- it’s hard to see them not feeling well and not being themselves. If we are being honest here, it’s also VERY hard to deal with such a needy child, it can be hard to get anything else done or tend to the other kids you have at home! In a perfect world, if you had a sick child, you’d just stay on the couch all day until they are better, but of course, meals still needs to be cooked, diapers changed, and probably some laundry that needs to be put away. Usually rule number one to having a sick child is admitting that most likely all the things you planned on accomplishing that day (or few days) will NOT be completed- and that is OK! It’s certainly hard to have a sick baby, but there are ways to help the day go by a little easier. These 6 tips for staying home with a sick child will help to make the day go a little smoother and hopefully lift everyones spirits!
Few parental rights of passage are as unpleasant as sitting up with a sick child through the night- been there,right? Whether it’s a case of the dreaded stomach flu, Strep throat, or just a common cold- spending time with your ill child can leave you feeling painfully helpless- and probably totally exhausted too. There are certain things you can do to make the day do smoother, so the next time one of your kids are sick, consider using approaches to make your sick days a little less uncomfortable for the kids and parents at home.
If your child is sick, be as honest as you can with them. There is no use saying “no, you won’t throw up anymore!” when you know there is a significant chance they may. Be straightforward with them according to their age level, but ensure that you are there for them to help make this sickness go away as quickly as you can- and promise them that they WILL certainly get past this and feel just right again!
Play as much as you can…
For all kids, nearly every day is a good day for play – even when they are sick. Play is a child’s first language, so why not encourage that to help make them feel better? Tell stories, play dolls, blocks or with their stuffed animals together serving everyone tea to help their colds. Let your child be the guide – they’ll let you know what they feel like doing. In the process of playing, you may just help make them feel better too.
…but balance that with rest
Of course, we all know that the best remedy for healing is rest- which is not always easy with kids. Now is the time to throw the “one hour of tablet or tv time” out the window and pile up those blankets and watch some movies, Paw patrol or play Minecraft- do whatever you kids enjoys so they can lay and rest their bodies some, so they can boodle up their energy to fight off those germs!
A little fresh air can really do a child wonders. If it’s not too cold or rainy, letting a sick child who feels up to it sit outside for a few moments can go a long way toward improving their spirits. If the weather doesn’t permit it, helping them to catch a glimpse of the outdoors at some point during the day may be just as helpful.
Another great sick day activity is giving their brains a workout and setting aside some time for drawing, coloring, painting or using play doh. All of these activities help to engage kids in the creative process and help them to explore their feelings and ideas. There’s no reason that you can’t join in on the fun, too, especially when children are stuck at home and are in need of some engaging company!
Sooth the symptoms
No matter how hard we try to prevent our kids from getting sick, it’s bound to happen. When that moment arrives, we want to try and make them as comfortable as possible. I always go to the natural remedies first: honey for coughs, a cool mist humidifier for stuffy noses, and plenty of fluids and rest- but sometimes our kids just need more! When that’s the situation, I always reach for Pfizer Pediatric products: Children’s Advil®, Children’s Robitussin®, and Children’s Dimetapp®. These time tested products are just what my kids need to help soothe those coughs, bring down those fevers and make tummy aches a little less achy.
These help me to get prepared for the fevers, coughs, and colds and thankfully, I can get them all at my favorite store: Target! Target carries all of the products I need to fight against the “ick’s” and “ew’s” that bring your kids down.
- Infants’ and Children’s Advil® provide unsurpassed fever and pain relief(1) , and contain ibuprofen, the medicine pediatricians use most for their own kids’ fevers(2) (for ages 6 months -11 years)
- Children’s Robitussin® provides soothing action and cough control with some formulations lasting up to 8 hours (for ages 6-12 years)
- Children’s Dimetapp® provides great-tasting cold-fighting power and is the #1 pharmacist recommended brand for children’s cough & cold symptoms(3) (for ages 6+)
So anytime sick gets real in my house, I pull out all of the stops and use these tricks and tips (along with a supply of medicines for when we need them!) so that I can get my kids feeling healthy and more like themselves again- faster.
To help when the sickies strikes your house, I’m giving away a Pfizer Pediatric Platform bundle to one lucky reader! This bundle includes a box of Children’s Advil®, Children’s Robitussin®, and Children’s Dimetapp® so that you can have them on hand for when your kids need them. To enter, just leave me a comment saying what your favorite way to make your child feel better when they are sick! This giveaway will begin today Monday March 28th and will run for one week. Best of luck!
The Pfizer Pediatric Platform products, information, and additional gift pack have been provided by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. All thoughts and reviews are my own. Pfizer will be responsible for shipping the product to the chosen winner. Winner must be 18 years of age and a resident of the US.