Our Perfect Way to Perk up Poorly Children.
Luckily for me, my children don't get poorly too often as they seem to have good strong immune systems inherited from their daddy but when they do, it can be quite a struggle.
Spotting colds quickly is my best tip as prevention is much easier than cures. I can normally spot when they're extra quiet or a little flushed and red in colour to catch it nice and early.
We don't use medicines a lot in our house so that they will work when we need them most when we do need to use them. Liquid Paracetamol is a Mum's best friend when used properly but medicine is just the first step to quick and easy recovery from colds and illnesses. I find that wrapping up warm helps a lot, so on sick days we tend to bring our snuggest blankets down the stairs to snuggle under on the settee in front of the TV.
The TV might not be something we watch a lot in normal circumstances but when they're poorly with a cold it's the perfect tool to keep them sitting still for long enough to actually help them recover. I try to put some 'boring' programmes on in the hope that they might get bored and fall asleep which again is something that could help them to get better faster.
Food wise, I try to stick to plain foods like toast until their tummies are a bit stronger for normal foods washed down with a glass of Lemonade. I'm not sure why but ever since I was little my Mum would always give me Lemonade when I was poorly saying that the sugar in it would do me good. I guess I've just grown up believing that it work and now do it with my kids. It's weird how we pass things down through the family like that, isn't it? There's one thing I don't do that my Mum still swears by to this day for cold treatments. Hot lemon and Honey, she's always making me up a fresh batch when I don't feel too good, bless her.
For the times when they're feeling all stuffy and bunged up I find that the good old fashioned Vicks Vapour Rub comes out. I must admit I never really put it on their skin but I do put it onto something close to their beds like a soft toy or a spare blanket to help them sleep easier. It's not something we use very often but do find that it does help when we do use it.
My Top Tips for looking after a poorly child are:
- Bring your snuggest blanket down stairs.
- Snuggle up under it in front of the TV.
- Bring your favourite toy or teddy to cuddly up to.
- Eat lots of Toast and drink Lemonade.
- Use Liquid Paracetamol by day and Vicks Vapour Rub by night.
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