Taking care of sick little ones can be a tough job! Your instinct is to hold and cuddle your sick little bundle, however…hiding behind those sweet little droopy pair of eyes is a cranky and uncooperative child. Not to mention that even though you really would love to hold them all-day-long, that rarely is an option.
The primary things that sick kids need are fluids and rest. When kids are really sick, the rest comes easy and it is hard to push fluids. When kids are a little sick, the fluids are somewhat easier and the rest is hard to push.
Here are nine great tips to make taking care of sick little ones easier and more enjoyable for everyone involved.
1. Make a portable SICK BED that is close to Mommy or any caretaker – kitchen floor, laundry room, or wherever Mommy is for that time. A sick bed is easily made with blankets and pillows. Keeping them close makes them less likely to get up and come looking for you!
Portable Sick Bed for child
2. Put together a SICK BASKET of your little one’s favorite things – books, toys, blankets, etc.
Sick Basket for child
3. Have a TASTE TESTING! Offer lots of different fluids for taste testing. Give small amounts frequently to encourage fluids. This can also help with getting your child to take medicine, add the medicine as one of the flavors to test.
Taste Test – Encourage fluids for sick children
4. Offer FUN WAYS TO DRINK. Kids love fun and different stuff. Offer their drink in different types of cups or containers – small to large. Use straws, bottles, or even medicine dispensers. Popsicles are always a fun way to push fluids.
Fun ways to drink – encourage fluids for sick children
5. Put a small PLUSH TOY (especially the beany type) in the FREEZER and use it for a fever reducer. You can wet the toy with cold water if it doesn’t hold the cold from the freezer very well (they do dry!). Put several in the freezer and let your child choose which one gets to ‘take care’ of him/her next.
Cold stuffed animal for fever reduction
6. For tummy aches: use a TUMMY WARMER. Make a rice sock or get a reheatable plush animal for those tummy aches that you just can’t seem to do anything for. It’s amazing how a little moist heat can help a tummy feel better.
Tummy Warmer for kids tummy aches
WarmBuddy for tummy aches
7. Get help! Ask a sibling to be a NURSE and help take care of their sick brother or sister. They may have lots of good ideas for entertaining or offering comfort.
Siblings help take care of sick little ones
8. Keep a BUCKET near by! You might need it quickly for throwing up or a handy trash can for tissues and such.
Bucket for sick children
9. Set up a BEDSIDE TABLE and SICK ZONE. Keep everything you and your sick child could need near by. Make it special for your little one.
Bedside table for sick child
Bonus! Go ahead and cuddle and hold them as much as you can, those opportunities don’t last forever!