We’ve hit mid-winter full blast, and that usually means at least a sick day or two. We’re here to help you with our guide to surviving the long days with a sick kid(s). From babies to big kids, sinus infections to the flu, we’ve got the best ways to keep them entertained, topped off with must-have fluids and all the superfoods to ditch the sickies, stat. Keep reading to see what you can do.
HOW TO TREAT THEIR SYMPTOMS
When It's a Baby
There's more guesswork involved with treating a sick baby because they can't verbalize their symptoms, but we have plenty of comfort cures in our guide: 10 ways to soothe a sick baby to help your little bundle feel better in no time.
When It's a Sinus Issue
Sinus drainage during a cold or a flu bout is a culprit of pain and frustration. That's why knowing how to relieve your kids of this nasty symptom is a must! Read our thorough information on how to treat sinus drainage.
Home Remedies That Help
Use nature's potent power to help your kids heal and recover faster, and to make them more comfortable during illness. These home remedies pack a punch and will knock out icky ailments including a cough or a sore throat. You may even find you have many of these impactful ingredients on hand in your kitchen cupboard right now!
Speaking of home remedies ... one mom swears that putting potatoes in her son's socks cured his cold! Worth a try, right?
Books. Even when they're feeling awful, some kids still want to be entertained when they're not sleeping off an illness. Bookworms may appreciate the downtime to catch up on the best kids' books of the past year. Bonus: this will allow for snuggle time too!
Board Games. If your young patient is ready to sit up and have a little friendly competition, bust out a board game! These classic games will banish the sick day blues and these are the very best board games for every age and stage. Game on!
Activities. When your little sunshine is feeling dim, try one of these low-energy activities that will keep them occupied while conserving energy. Bringing a smile to their face could be as easy as having a tea party or setting up an indoor fort.
Printables. Your kiddo may be feeling much better but it's still a 'sick' day because most schools say students need to be fever-free for 24 hours before returning to the classroom. Fill that lull between sickness and full steam ahead with these fun winter-themed activity sheets.
Podcasts. If the television is too bright or you want to turn off the tube, settle your kiddo down with a pair of headphones and a handful of podcasts. It will help pass the time, and they may even learn something, too!
All Things Netflix & Other Must-See Movies
Catch up on all things nostalgic. With Disney+ in full swing, it's the perfect time to introduce your couch-laden kiddos to old school Disney programming. Check out our list of all the flicks and top picks on Disney+ here.
Shows that are perfect for binge-watching. Not sure where to start? These nine TV shows are perfect for kids to overload on while laying on the family sofa.
But what's new? For the latest and greatest kid-friendly offerings on Netflix, here's an awesome list of all the kids' shows and movies coming to Netflix this month (Jan. 2019).
Opt for a must-see movie instead. Catch up on movies you've always wanted to watch with your kids but may not have had the time. These must-see family films will keep the whole household entertained. There are 82 films on the list, so you're sure to find more than a few to enjoy!
FOOD AND HYDRATION
Make chicken soup. It's not just an old adage after all! Chicken soup really does help fight colds according to science. Here's a homemade chicken noodle soup recipe for you to whip up a batch.
Use the slow cooker. Taking care of a sick child leaves little time for cooking for the whole fam. We've compiled a list of our favorite slow cooker recipes so family meals can simmer into completion while you tend to your little one.
Whip up some comfort food. Perhaps your patient's appetite is still healthy even though he/she is under the weather. If that's the case, these comfort food recipes will help keep him/her fueled up and cozy.
When she's got an upset tummy. If your kids are suffering from nausea and/or vomiting, keeping liquids down will be a challenge. Help them stay hydrated by making homemade popsicles. Bonus if you make them with hydrating and nutrient-rich coconut water. We've even got an ingenious recipe for a breastmilk pacifier pop!
Superfoods to the rescue! From carrot orange juice to chocolate chia seed pudding, we've got plenty of recipes that use superfoods, which can help your kids battle any bugs.
Practice self-care. If your kiddo's cold or flu has yet to bring you down, drink up this cold-busting wellness tea that's loaded with germ-fighting fruits and spices.
Use hand sanitizer. A recent study found that hand sanitizer is better than hand washing when it comes to preventing sickness.
Click to order. Out of cough syrup and popsicles? Instead of dragging your sick littles to the store, shop the essentials and have them delivered to your door with programs like Amazon Fresh. It's free for Prime Members and you'll keep the germs at bay by staying at home.
––Beth Shea & Karly Wood
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Editor’s Note: Red Tricycle does not make any medical claims to curing serious illness in children. In the case of severe illness or symptoms, please seek professional medical help.