When your toddler is sick it can be very challenging for both you and your toddler. Your tot will be feeling miserable and you may feel sympathetic, overwhelmed, or tired, sometimes all three!
Here are some tips for you to know when your toddler is feeling under the weather:
Visit the doctor – if he needs antibiotics, the sooner he starts the better.
Keep him hydrated. It’s so important for him to drink throughout the day.
Don’t push food. Let your child guide you on how much he should be eating. Sometimes he may experience a complete loss of appetite. Give him food when he asks for it, even if it’s not mealtime yet.
Your mother made you chicken soup because it works. Make it for him!
Dress him in layers so you can take on or off his sweatshirt depending on how hot or cold he feels.
Keep a cool mist humidifier in his room – it will make him feel so much better!
If your toddler has a hard time blowing his nose give him a saline spray.
Use Vaseline if your toddler is developing a rough patch under his nose.
If he has an upset stomach use the BRAT diet – bananas, rice, cereal and milk.
Use a lukewarm bath or warm washcloth to cool down a fever – not cold water.
Medicine time can be difficult. Ask the pharmacist to add flavoring or if you can refrigerate it if – some kids like medicine better cold. You can also add the medicine to some food, such as yogurt or applesauce. Keep in mind though that if he doesn’t finish the food, he did not get his complete dose.
Give tons of TLC. Don’t try to get any chores done and just focus on making your daughter as comfortable as possible, as well as giving her plenty of attention.
Make it as fun as possible. Snuggle up in a rocking chair and read, put on her favorite DVD, give her some toddler puzzles, make a puppet show for her, or just play eye-spy together.
You may want to make a ‘sick day basket’ and keep some special toys that are only taken out on sick days.
Hang in there, keep your chin up and your toddler will feel better in no time.