5 Tips for Soothing a Sick Child During Cold and Flu Season
By Danielle Smith, Pretty Extraordinary. Danielle Smith is a paid spokesperson for HEALTHY ESSENTIALS®
When I was a little girl, I managed to find myself sick during every major season change. Something about my little body just rebelled as Mother Nature made her switch, or maybe it was simply that I was craving a little extra love and affection from my mom.
I certainly know that nothing puts a damper on my day more than one of my small people feeling under the weather. They are so sweet, so vulnerable, so sad so sad – and they need me, so I need to be there for them. As we head into what we typically refer to as cold and flu season, I’m offering a few of my favorite tips for getting your little ones back to their normal, happy selves. Of course, be sure to talk to a healthcare professional if you have any questions or concerns.
1. Spoil them.
Yes, you read that right. Stop what you are doing to snuggle with them, read to them or even let them watch their favorite movie. Just let them know you are there for them. I know this makes a world of difference for my kiddos (and let's be honest...it's good for my heart too!). I find the more time I spend with them, the easier it is to gauge when they are feeling better and what they may need next.
2. Liquids, liquids, liquids.
Whether it is your family's top secret homemade chicken noodle soup, lots of water or a little hot tea with honey (as long as your kid is above 12 months of age), keeping them hydrated is important. And let’s face it, there’s nothing like a homemade soup when you’re not feeling your best! Be sure to talk to your healthcare professional if you have any questions or concerns.
I find the more sleep they get (with those fluids), the more apt they are to bounce out of bed on their own. Allow them to doze in an out as they are spoiled with your love. If your child has trouble falling asleep while sick, try some relaxing music or a light-hearted TV show in the background to help them doze off into dreamland.
My small girl's first word was 'bit'...short for blanket. There are few things (other than my hugs), that can provide the comfort they need when they simply don't feel well. Maybe it’s a soft pillow, a fluffy blanket, their favorite stuffed animal or a copy of their favorite book. When your kids are feeling sick, it’s the little things that help ease the nuisance of a cold.
5. A little dose of medicine.
Just in case your kiddos do happen to catch a cold or end up with a fever, a dose of Children’s TYLENOL® is what I like to keep on hand for emergencies. Since Delaney and Cooper were itty-bitty, this has been our go-to. TYLENOL® is the No. 1 pain reliever/fever reducer brand recommended by pediatricians, offers relief from fevers and pain associated with the minor aches of colds, the flu and sore throats and is gentle on their young tummies.
What other tips do you have for soothing your sick children this time of year?
Danielle Smith is a paid spokesperson for HEALTHY ESSENTIALS®
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