I have been compensated by Pedialyte for this post; however, I am sharing my own thoughts. All opinions are my own.
When you have kids, you know that they are susceptible to everything. It’s even worse this time of year when there are so many viruses going around. I try not to worry too much but it’s hard not to cringe a little when they’re holding on tightly to the escalator railing or racing each other to push the elevator button. There are only so many antibacterial wipes I can carry in my purse! Anyway, it doesn’t really matter how many wipes I use because my girls still manage to catch whatever is going around each season. Sometimes it’s just unavoidable!
When your child does come down with something, one of the most important things you learn to do is keep them hydrated. That’s why I always try to keep a supply of Pedialyte on hand. Even when I have a sick child who won’t eat anything, I can at least have piece of mind when she gets her fluids because that’s one less thing we have to worry about. Years ago, when my oldest was two, she ended up with severe dehydration. I wasn’t too familiar with Pedialyte back then and let’s just say that it was pretty scary. I won’t let that happen again!
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Pedialyte is also one of the first things the doctors recommend when you bring your sick child to see them. Most drinks, especially juice, water and milk (the three liquid staples in my household) won’t replace the electrolytes that are lost with vomiting or diarrhea. Pedialyte works to restore the body’s potassium, sodium and chloride minerals (a.k.a. electrolytes) and helps prevent mild to moderate dehydration. That’s probably why it’s the #1 pediatrician recommended oral-electrolyte solution.
The other great thing about it is that even if you’ve got a picky child (or two picky children like I do), you can find it in enough different forms and flavors to please even the pickiest child. I love that it comes in so many fruit flavors, especially grape and strawberry. The best part is that I just found out they have freezer pops too! My girls are always in the mood for a “popsicle”, no matter how sick! Be sure to stock up ahead of time so that you’ll have them on hand if you need them. You definitely don’t want to be rushing to the store last minute when you have a sick child that needs you!
I buy my Pedialyte at Walmart because it’s so easy to find in the baby section.
Right now you can use this Ibotta offer to save $2 off any (2) 1 liter bottles.
Once you’ve got the hydration under control, you can try some of these other things to make your sick child feel better. Some are pediatrician recommended and some are just mommy recommended but hopefully they’ll all help to make your little angel feel better:
The BRAT Diet
Don’t take it the wrong way…I’m just referring to bananas, rice, applesauce and toast. When your child does start eating again, you’ll want to start off slow. These foods are least likely to upset your child’s still recovering tummy.
Have you noticed that your sick child always seems to cough most at night? Putting an extra pillow or blanket under your child’s head can help ease some of that congestion.
I have a rule in my house that when you’re sick, you get to watch as much TV as you want! Put on their favorite movie or download a new one that they’ve been wanting to watch. Hopefully it will take their mind away from their aches and pains, if only for a little while.
If your little one has the chills, throw a favorite blankie (or even a large towel) in the dryer for a few minutes. You know how good that feels even when we’re not sick…imagine how good it feels to your child now.
Get your child a doctor’s kit so that when they get sick, they can doctor their own toys. I know that when my children get sick, they love to play doctor on their stuffed animals and dolls and it also helps take their mind of how they’re feeling.
Sometimes the thing that makes your child feel best is just having you right there with them. Snuggle with them until they fall asleep…it will be the best sleep they get (and maybe you can even get a much needed nap, too)!
In a perfect world, our children would never get sick. However, we know that it’s going to happen and all we can do is stick by their side and do what we can to make them feel a little better. What tricks do you have up your sleeve for when your own child gets the virus of the day?