Sick and Anxious Kiddo? Try This ‘Get-Better Basket’
By Tanesha Awasthi, taneshaawasthi.com
From a really young age, my son Narayan suffered from allergies and frequent colds. And those illnesses went hand-in-hand with a fear he has of the very things that are needed to make him feel better, like thermometers, medicine, and everything in between.
Visits to the doctor used to be extremely stressful, to the say the least. Crying, along with kicking and screaming, as soon as we pulled up to the pediatrician's office was a regular occurrence, in addition to giving nurses and doctors a hard time taking his temperature, let alone looking in his ears, throat, and administering medicine. After seeing how stressed he was time and time again, I made it my mission to find a way to relieve his anxiety about visiting the doctor and being sick in general.
After a particularly intense meltdown at the doctor's office one day, I came up with an idea for what I call a “get-better basket." Like most parents, we store Narayan's toys in bins and baskets, so I thought that creating a basket with items that are both fun and essential for when he isn’t feeling would help make him more comfortable when he needed it the most. And guess what – it worked! Now, our ‘get-better basket’ is the first step in easing his stress of being sick and visiting the doctor
Here’s what we keep in our ‘get-better basket’:
- Toy stethoscope
- His favorite blanket
- A stuffed animal
- BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages
- Infants' TYLENOL®
- DESITIN® Maximum Strength
- AVEENO® Baby Eczema Therapy Moisturizing Cream
Now at two-and-a-half, whenever he isn't feeling well, we take out his "get-better basket" as if it were a basket of toys, and go through the motions of taking his temperature, checking his throat with the flashlight and giving him medicine. Because it’s like we’re just playing doctor, he doesn’t have the same fear and anxieties he used to.
Getting him to feel at ease with the things that help make him better when he's sick has been a huge relief. Now, not only can I can do my best to care for him at home, but he also allows nurses and doctors to easily take his temperature, check his throat, ears, and do everything they need to in order to make him better. Plus, I’m prepared with necessary first-aid products to do my best to take care of him at home!
Tanesha Awasthi is a paid spokesperson for the HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® Program