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“My ear hurts, Mommy.”
My younger daughter the other evening was whining and complaining about her right ear.
Sadly we are no strangers to illness with both our girls here. But thankfully this time out it was a false alarm. How? Because my girl didn’t want to do something. So, she was using her ear as the reason to get out of it.
Still, I wasn’t taking any chances. So, I took her to urgent care after hours to make sure she was OK.
She was indeed not sick and most definitely came out with a clean bill of health. But still there have been times where we have been less the lucky with ear infections and more here during cold and flu season.
Trust me I am sure we will have more illnesses here to come even though we narrowly escaped it this time.
But for a sick day, when one or both girls have fallen ill at the same time (yes I have had two for the price of one for this), we rely on some sure fire ways to help relief our kids when they are under the weather.
We have had all sorts of ailments. These include strep throat, ear infections, and even pneumonia. All of these usually brings with it not only pain and discomfort, but fever usually, too.
I can’t tell you how many times, my kids have run fevers here. See I have truly lost count over the years. But I know when they have a fever. How? Because they are truly not themselves and also usually very tired, not playful and just lethargic.
One of our go to remedies to help get our kids back to their normal selves is Children’s Advil®. Why? Because it helps reduce their fevers and more. See I have found that Children’s Advil® not only brings fever down faster. But it keeps it down longer with less medicine than other children’s medicines, such as Children’s Tylenol. Therefore both my sick child—and this mom—can get relief.
Thankfully, Children’s Advil® is sold at Walgreens. This is our pharmacy of choice as I am a Rewards Balance member and also where I have all our family prescriptions sent. So when I am at Walgreens picking up a prescription, I am also adding Children’s Advil® to my cart, as well.
My girls happen to be a bit picky with the flavor of medicine (well at least my older daughter is). So, thankfully Children’s Advil® makes Chewables in grape, which they both agree is their favorite flavor and have no trouble chewing them. Like I said I give my girls the Chewables. But still Children’s Advil® is also available liquid medicines in great tasting Sugar-free Dye-free Berry, Bubble Gum, Grape, Blue Raspberry, Fruit and Dye-Free White Grape flavors, as well as an easy to swallow tablet, too.
But once they have taken their Children’s Advil® and the fever has come down, my girls usually want to still be entertained on a sick day.
So, I have found some ways to do this on a sick day.
Read on now to find out how…
10 Easy Ways to Help My Kids Feel Better on a Sick Day
1. Watch favorite movies such as Frozen or pretty much any Disney animated movie. Because nothing quite better than chilling out in cozy pajamas, while binge watching all our best loved movies.
2. Also play board games such as Candyland, Chutes and Ladders, Twister, and more. Plus, puzzles are another great way to pass time and we have a closet full here, which I stocked up at the Dollar Store for times like these.
3. Coloring is also a preferred activity here. So we get out our coloring books, crayons, markers and even stickers to create wonderful masterpieces during this time.
4. For coughing or stuffed up kids, here is a great way to help pass the time and make them feel better, too.
5. Make forts for all little one’s imaginations to brim over, as well as to relax in with lots of pillows and blankets.
6. Ice pops never get passed up in sickness or in health. But when they are indeed ill, ice pops are not only a fun treat, but a way to help them keep cool, too.
7. Temporary tattoos are another desired activity that my girls love and we can do this while also sitting and watching our favorite, classic movies if need be.
8. Make Princess Astronaut Tea for a pleasing drink to not only keep them hydrated.
Hydration is key when little ones are sick with a warm, cozy drink to sooth and relax them. But also to help make the medicine go down quicker. I have one of my kids, who actually loves taking medicine. This is the kid that will beg me for medicine even when she isn’t sick. Even still she only gets if she is sick and truly in need. But I also have my other child, who is so not a fan of any medicine. So, having a fun and tasty drink, as Mary Poppins once famously sang, “Helps make the medicine go down in a most delightful way.” See the recipe below…
How to Make Princess Astronaut Tea:
- Mix equal parts (roughly 20 ounces each) strawberry kid’s juice (pink for color) and powdered sweetened lemon ice tea(2.5 cups).
- For an extra kick, add one teaspoon each of cinnamon and honey.
- Mix well.
- Add 2-3 heaping teaspoons to hot water and enjoy.
It’s full of sugar, but your little astronaut princess will probably be over the moon just like mine usually are.
9. Take turns reading books from your child’s own home library to each other.
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