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Sick babies are the WORST! We’ve been fortunate enough to have 3 relatively healthy kids (save for this story) and I’m SO thankful for that, but even minor illnesses can be a major bummer when it means uncomfortable kids, sleepless nights, missed events, and time off work for mom or dad. Over the past 5 years, I’ve learned a few tips for taking care of sick kids that make the time with the sickies a little bit easier for everyone. I also want to add that I’m not a doctor, just a mom – please talk to your pediatrician about any concerns you have about anything related to your child. Here are my favorite tips for taking care of sick kids:
Keep ‘Em Cozy
When my babies are under-the-weather, I let them wear whatever they want but try to steer them toward light cotton PJs so they’re comfy. One of my favorite cozy tricks is to pop a blanket in the dryer for a few minutes to warm it up, then wrap them up in the toasty blanket.
I keep a spill-proof water bottle at their sides when they aren’t feeling well to make sure they always have access to H2O. I also keep ginger ale on-hand for when they’re feeling REALLY down & out.
Let It Go
The rules are always a little more lax at our house when there’s a sick kid – want to eat Cheerios on the couch? Sure. Want to watch Netflix for 4 hours? As long as you’re resting, cool. Graham crackers for breakfast? Go for it, kid.
Prep for The Worst
I always have a waterproof pad under a sheet on my couch for any accidents that may occur. Being a mom with sick kids can be a gross job and I’d rather my furniture not be destroyed when something bad goes down.
Fight Colds & Coughs
I’m not huge on giving medicine unless I have to. I’ll usually let a low fever go if my kids aren’t too uncomfortable. But I recently discovered Genexa, a company dedicated to making medicine healthier for families – they’ve created the first USDA Organic and Non-GMO Project verified line of medicines. Basically, they removed the toxic, synthetic, and unhealthy ingredients found in some medicines. They have a Cold Crush formula for kids that’s used to treat congestion & mucus, cough & sore throat, and runny nose & sneezing. Luckily we haven’t been struck by coughs and colds this season (yet… preschool germs are a beast!) but I’ve got these chewable tablets on-deck for when the sniffles start.
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