A couple weeks ago we had a really rough week. It was the first time that I had both kids really sick at the same time, and it was pretty brutal. And I really wanted to write about tips on making life easier when kids are sick.
Up until now, I have been pretty lucky. With Keira being almost 2, I guess it was bound to happen eventually. This was actually her first time really getting sick. The most “unwell” she has felt in the past was a runny nose for a couple of days or fever for a day after vaccination.
The start of a sickness
I came home from work on a Monday and had already had a rough day at work battling a sore throat. But when I was playing with Keira on my lap I rested her head on my chin and immediately realized how warm she felt. I grabbed the thermometer and sure enough, it was 102.8! Yikes!
And then on Thursday, Mila was not her usual cheerful loud self and I could tell something was off. She ended up getting a high fever and throwing up. Keira was found to have strep throat (at the doctor’s office) and Mila has some kind of virus or bug. I’m not going to get into details of how the rest of the week was like (hell!) but you can just imagine the panic in me! It was bad enough with 1 kid being sick, but 2 at the same time? Insanity.
So now I’m going to share with some must-haves to keep on hand in the house, and tips that will help help you get through (in my opinion) the hardest part about parenting: when your kids are sick.
And before I go on, I must say that I am by no means a doctor of any sort. If your child is really not feeling well, please make sure you consult with a doctor for the appropriate treatment.
What to feed sick kids
Like anyone else, most kids won’t have an appetite while they’re sick, or it may be hard for them to keep anything down. My littlest has a crazy appetite for being as tiny as she is, and so the few days she didn’t want to eat broke my heart.
You don’t want your little one to take a turn for the worse, so it’s good to keep them drinking with lots of fluids at a minimum if they don’t eat.
I religiously offered my littles water every 15-20 mins or so, and although they took only sips, I knew it was better than nothing. You also want to follow the BRAT (bananas, rice, apples, toast) diet if their tummy is acting up and stay away from things that may make it worse. For a few days they didn’t really eat anything, but I did offer them small snacks when they did have an appetite to eat. These are good to have in the house (usually all the time) but more so when you know your kids are not feeling well:
Crackers (Wheat thins or soda crackers)
Bread (plain, nothing or very minimal on it)
There was also a day where I made fried rice and that seems to hold them OK. I didn’t put anything in it, but I did add a dab of soy sauce for flavoring, and just the tiniest bit of oil to cook the rice.
I also made a very simple chicken soup (that I will get around to sharing hopefully sometime soon) that my kids really enjoyed.
Essential Oils and other necessities for sick kids
I have been a fan of essential oils for quite some time now and although I don’t have every single oil, there are a few that I do have in my home at all times. Breathe, Lavender, Peppermint, DigestZen are some of the top oils that help–not just for when you’re sick.
I have a diffuser to diffuse oils in the room, but I also have rollers that I make from my oils as well. You can even put a drop or two of lavender in a warm bath that will helps soothe and relax your child. I would definitely look into having oils around the house, a natural way to help your bodies. Other essentials that I keep in stock at home:
- Boogie wipes
- Saline Drops & Nose sucker – this nose sucker works amazingly and gets all the little boogies out especially when they can’t blow it out themselves
- Fever Ice Pack
- Zarbees -works like a charm and helps ease the coughing, especially at night!
- Kleenex with lotion (to ease their Rudolph like noses)
Ask for help and take it easy
Taking care of littles is very exhausting. I know that for me, I still try to do so much around the house –but really, DON’T. Now is not the time to try and maintain your “Supermom” status. Your littles need you more than anything, but it can take a toll.
Do things to make it easier on yourself. Order take out for dinner and have the husband pick it up. Don’t worry about the clean clothes laundry pile. Forget about the other thing on your to-do list that you haven’t gotten to.
Make sure to ask for help when you need it (ask some friends or relatives). Take care of yourself by staying hydrated. Keep snacks nearby to keep yourself from starving. Take your vitamins and get rest when you can. You don’t want to get sick too!
Take it one day at a time
Take things one day at a time. It’s super frustrating when your kids are sick, but hang in there. Sick kids usually will mean long days and even longer nights, but just know that this time will pass. We were able to get through the week with a load of Disney + and a downloaded early purchase of Frozen 2 on Amazon Prime. It was the best $20 purchase that I ever spent! It allowed them to get their rest, but it was also easy entertainment that kept them (and mama) very happy!
Don’t have any expectations
I say this because you have to be flexible. I get super stressed when the kids get sick. But don’t get stressed over things you can’t change or control. Instead, take a deep breath and roll with what comes. Far too many times, (after the Tylenol) kicked in, I’d get excited to see my 1 year old getting up to play a little, and I thought the sickness was over. But then the medicine would wear off and she would go right back to being miserable. And I would get so frustrated!
Trust your “mom” instincts; you know your sick kids best
A mama’s instinct is always right. If you’re a little unsure, consult with your doctor. Don’t feel bad if you call them frequently, even at the crazy times during the night–that is what they are there for. After my 4 years old started having symptoms; I immediately scheduled an appointment for the next morning. While her culture turned out negative for strep, it was peace of mind that I was able to get on top of her sickness right away and know what I was dealing with. You know your kids better than anyone else, do not doubt yourself!
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