Ear aches, runny noses, coughing, tummy troubles….they’re no fun, especially when kids are involved. Today I’m talking about the fun stuff that comes along with parenthood; when kids get sick. Recently my little guy had a cold that left him feeling miserable. Hence the “fun” photo below. Yep #SickJustGotReal. Wondering what to do when kids get sick? Check out these tips below!
What to do When Kids Get Sick
This post has been sponsored by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare and 20th Century Fox. All thoughts and reviews are my own.
- Make them feel comfortable. As parents we can feel helpless, but our little ones are even more so. Comfort them with hugs, they’re favorite blanket or plush toy, and a comfortable, quiet place to lie down.
- Be prepared with snacks and drinks. Oftentimes kids will not have an appetite when sick, so it will be tough to get them to eat. It helps when you have their favorite snacks on hand, like crackers, fruit, and peanut butter toast. Don’t forget lots of fluids to keep them hydrated. You can also follow the recommended BRAT diet when kids have tummy troubles. These bland foods include bananas, rice, applesauce and toast.
- Entertainment. Rest is the best recipe when sick. Stock up on your child’s favorite movies! A few favorites from 20th Century Fox are Ice Age Collision Course, The Peanuts Movie, and The Sandlot.
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Now your equipped with what to do when kids get sick!
Get them to drink plenty of fluids.
definitely make sure they stay hydrated!!!
Alan Saxon says
Rest and Chicken Noodle Soup.
Lots of TLC
Amy Stonger says
I rely on soup, lots of rest, and medicine as needed.
Tonya Mcminn says
Lots of Rest and Fluids
laura ari says
Let them rest and watch tv and give them lots of drinks.
my best tip is to have lots of popsicles, like outshine which are real fruit juices. They taste good, they’re cold, and good on sore throats.
Lots to drink – and sleep!
Chicken noodle soup with cartoon always comfort my kids when they are sick.
Shelly Peterson says
Give them lots of fluids, rest and chicken noodle soup.
Lots of rest, cuddles, and keeping hydrated. Thanks for the chance!
Cynthia C says
My advice is to give them hot tea with honey, hot soup and keep them distracted with fun books and movies.
Janet W. says
My best tip for treating sick kids is to make sure they’re drinking plenty of fluids to keep from getting dehydrated.
Margaret Smith says
I make sure that they get to rest and give them lots of tlc.
My tip is to make sure that they don’t share water bottles with other siblings and to make them drink a lot of fluids.
Amy Pratt says
Don’t have any…. hahahah just kidding. They need lots of love when they feel sick.
Julie Wood says
I make sure to have medicine, plenty of fluids, rest and watch fun movies.
Love and patience.
I think rest and fluids are the most important things.
Drink plenty of fluids and rest.
drink hot tea and rest
Barbara Riffe says
My best tip is, Call Grandpal. LOL. My little ones do not want to take meds but when grandpal walks in the door there is no fight at all.
Maria H says
Lots of fluids, crackers, blankie and movies!
I keep lysol wipes and spray on the hand to wipe down all common areas. We use tylenol and a humidifier for the kids while they sleep.
Keep them hydrated and use cold medicine.
Becky VanGinkel says
Lots of cuddles!! My little girls just want to be held when they’re not feeling well. Plus use a humidifier and an oil diffuser with Liquid Vicks or Peppermint Essential Oil for congestion, popsicles and Gatorade to keep them hydrated, and fever reducer/pain reliever if necessary! I would much rather be sick myself than see my babies not feeling well, but unfortunately that’s not how it works.
Lot’s of fluids and cartoons or books.
My tip is to eat Homemade Chicken sou and drink green tea with honey
jeremy mclaughlin says
Making sure they get lots of rest.
Debbi Wellenstein says
I push the juice, and make sure they get lots of rest.
latanya t says
resting and staying hydrated topped with medicine
Making them comfortable is my #1 along with plenty of liquids!
Tamra Phelps says
Well, I’m the aunt who usually winds up spending the day with the kid who stays home sick when Mom & Dad have to work, so my main job is to give them any meds they have & try to keep them hydrated. I always have juice boxes & popsicles for hydration. And, I’m the aunt not the parent, so I can humor them by giving them control of the TV if they are up to it!
Mary Cloud says
Love and patience – the #1 things needed when you’re children are sick. Always try to work something they enjoy into the day like watching one of their favorite movies together
Seyma Shabbir says
with chicken soup and tea!
Lots of rest, a cozy blanket, orange juice and ginger ale.
Jessica To says
My tip is to keep them calmly entertained but treat their symptoms.
My tip is to make sure they get enough to drink (water/soup) and make sure they take their medicine no matter what.
Give them lots of fluids and sleep!
Just making sure they get lots of rest and snuggles help out.
I make sure they get lots of rest and liquids and love.
Heather Hayes Panjon says
My tip is to make them as comfortable as possible, keep them hydrated with lots of water.
Sarah Hall says
Keep them warm, give them lots of fluids, cold remedies and lots of love.
Thomas Murphy says
Take medicine and go to sleep.
When the kids are sick I offer popsicles to keep their fluids up.
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Fiona N says
I usually mix juice with medicine for my son, and let him eat some rice soup when he is sick
Kim Niland says
Medication and cartoons
Be prepared, have drinks, foods and medicine ready to use, never know when your child will get sick.
bernie wallace says
I treat sick kids by making them get lots of sleep. Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win.
We always have warm soup and lots of cuddles and movies.
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Amanda Lea says
Plenty of rest and vitamin C!
Tara Darity says
Get lots of rest and fluids!
Sleep and cuddles
Lisa Brown says
Lots of fluids, otc meds, and hugs and kisses.
Bridgett Wilbur says
Lots of fluids,chicken soup, a warm blanket, and cartoon network.
Jennifer Heintz says
I try to keep them resting, and make sure they drink plenty.
Lauryn R says
My best tip for taking care of sick kids is to have them drink plenty of fluids and get lots of rest! A humidifier is also a huge help! 🙂
I give my kids lots of vitamin C, thanks!
Tiffany Schantzenbach says
Lots of rest, warm blankets, and cozy up in front of the tv.
Make sure they get plenty of fluids and lots of cuddle time. Medicate when necessary, but never over medicate.
Debbie F says
Homemade chicken soup of course. But also warm socks, and my favorite: orange juice blended with strawberries for a big dose of vitamin c!
Hil'Lesha O'Nan says
My best tip is to make sure that they get plenty of rest.
Kelly D says
My tip is to give them lots of juice, water, vitamins and to use a humidifier in their room.
Alison King says
My tip is to make sure they get plenty of rest. We do this by having naps and a Disney movie marathon.
beth shepherd says
My best tip is to keep them hydrated with lots of love.
athena graeme says
I give my little girl a fresh coconut. The water inside a coconut is sterile and full of electrolytes, it’s fantastic, during the war, hospitals in the tropic would use coconuts as IV’s when they ran out. It keeps her hydrated and gets her some valuable nutrients. Plus she really likes sipping one through a straw.
Kristin McCall says
Have plenty of medicine on hand and chicken noodle soup.
Keep them hydrated, make sure they get plenty of rest and take their meds.
Donna L says
Rest, plenty of fluids, homemade chicken soup and a whole bunch of DVD’s.
I like chicken soup and rest.
Lots of water, love, and warm blankets 🙂
Katie Rose says
Blanket, netflix, crackers, and a straw capped cup of water. Let them veg out on the couch until they feel good enough to complain about how bad they feel. That’s almost always an indication mine are on the road to recovery again…
Christine Labelle says
Lots of fluids, soup and cuddles! A few good movies helps as well.
Warm cozy blanket good movie and lots of lquids
Jenny Q. says
I usually turn it into a movie day and sit with them to spend time with them and let them rest.
Eileen Burke says
Lots of cuddles and kisses!
heather s says
juice and movies to watch
Amy Orvin says
Providing movies and coloring books always helps them feel better.
Sarah Waynick says
Since my daughter gets stuffy a lot, our biggest trick is shutting all the doors to the bathroom, and turning on the water as hot as it will get so that the room fills with steam. It works well for congestion, and is relaxing as well.
melissa Resnick says
hugs and love
Amy Deeter says
My best tip for treating sick kids is stocking up on medicine and soup
Karla R. says
Chicken noodle soup and sleep.
Brooke Allen says
Let them rest.
cheryl s says
stay hydrated and get lots of sleep
sarah brushaber says
alot of rest
Lori Walker says
Tracy Shafer says
Make sure you have plenty of tissue, soup and juice!
Stephanie Liske says
What I do with my kids is cuddle and coddle them and then make sure they get enough fluids, give Tylenol if they have a fever and make sure they get rest.
Candace Miller says
Apple cider vinegar and rest.
Steve Weber says
Shower them with attention!!
Keep them hydrated!
Dan Dykstra says
Lots of LOVE, rest and liquids, chicken soup and a good nights sleep.
Jennifer W says
My best tip is to make sure they get enough sleep.
plenty of fluids, cuddles, and rest.
My tips for treating sick kids are plenty of rest, a soft blanket and homemade chicken noodle soup.
Provide lots of fluids, rest and a good movie.
Jennifer Donelow says
Lots of love, warm blankets, chicken soup and gingerale.
i recommend lots of rest, fluids and hugs and kisses.
Brent Strassburg says
Lots of snuggles and whatever they want to keep them happy
Erica B. says
Just let them get a lot of sleep.
Natalie yeoman says
I would say make sure they get a bunch of fluid
Aww, what a cutie you have there. We love the usual medicines for children that help tremendously. Also, tons of fluids, cuddles, blankets and fun movies will do the trick!
Ashley B says
Lots of LOVE!!
Kyl Neusch says
Lots of Rest and Fluids
Shannon Kirby says
Lots of fluids!
Vanessa Flores says
childrens advil, a good movie, chicken soup, warm blanket, lots of fluids, lots of cuddling.
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Lisa V. says
My grandbaby always likes a warm bath and some cuddling.
Gina Marie says
My best tip is to give them lots of rest, fluids, and some homemade chicken soup!
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Erica Hall says
Menthol rub on the feet with socks on top- gets rid of coughing.
Yvonne Delgado says
Netflix, oranges/orange juice, honey, lemon, hot cider, and lots of water!!
Birdie Skolfield says
I make em warm lemonade they love it and it s a boost of Vitamin C
Ashley Meggitt says
My best advice is to ensure they are hydrated with lots of water! Also hand washing is extremely vital is combating illness!
Nicole Martin says
Make them drink lots and lots of water!
Jen Reed says
Best tip for treating sick kids is rest, fluids, and LOTS of patience.
Tina W says
Pedialtye popsicles and snuggle time on the couch.
Lesley F says
Lots of fluids and keep them entertained
Stephanie L. says
Drink lots of water and get lots of rest.
Make sure they stay hydrated.
Francine Anchondo says
Make sure they get rest and stay hydrated.
Noelle Carroll says
snuggles and water, waiting it out and giving them the appropriate medication for their age
Ashley S says
Lots of rest, liquids, vitamins and if needed, taking them to see a doctor to be treated.
janine h says
My kids need lots of rest if sick
Jennifer H. says
I would say fudge bars and good movies!
John H. says
I get them juice boxes and lots of Kleenex.
Jessica Whitehouse says
Lots of rest, warm shower to help with congestion, and push the fluids. My kids tend to sleep a lot when they don’t feel good, so we do big-family-bed, where they pile up in my room and watch television or play their tablets quietly and cuddle up with my warm fuzzy blankets.
No kids. For me it’s about getting lots of sleep, chicken noodle soup and drinking lots of water.
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Allyson Becker says
Lots of sleep. And drink lots of fluids.
Love, sleep, cold meds, DVDs and a warm blanket.
james m jenkins says
Have a thermometer that measures from exterior points, not internally.
Teresa A Thompson says
Lots of rest, stay hydrated and lots of cuddles.
We give lots of fluids and a cozy blanket and a couple of good movies always makes the time go by a little easier.
Peggy Rydzewski says
Make a fort in the living room and let them watch tv.
My best tip is lots of cuddles and make it a movie day.
Netflix, saltines, and ginger ale.
Jenny Ham says
Lots of sleep and good soup
Lots of fluids and rest
Juanita May says
Drink lots of water, rest and extra love.
Karrie Millheim says
Lots of TLC
Vikki Billings says
Lots of in the bed activities, like movies, coloring, reading, lots of rest, chicken noodle soup, 7up and cuddling!
B Alexandra says
My best tip would be to prevent the virus rather than treat it. If that doesn’t happen then I would say hydration is number 1!
Lots of chicken soup, herbal tea and tissues with lotion.
A good movie, blankets, and Pfizer cold medicine for kids! This is what I use for my kids on their sick day.
BRYAN E. says
When cold & flu hits our house we make a giant pot of homemade chicken & vegetable soup; that, along with ginger ale, hot tea with lemon, and sports drinks help keep our kids hydrated to fight the bug. Also, we crank up the humidifier !
My children feel better when they get a lot of rest, ginger ale, and chicken noodle soup
Sarah Mayer says
I make sure they get plenty of rest and liquids and are comfortable.
Susan Smith says
I give them fluids, soup, medicine as needed and make sure they get lots of rest.
maria beas (@haboorymadebera) says
Definitely lots of rest, medicine as needed and lots of citric fruits as well as water. Thanks for the chance to win such an amazing giveaway.
amanda whitley says
put on a movie to try and get them to relax and not exert energy
Ellen Casper says
Plenty of rest and keep them hydrated.
Amanda Wood says
Lots of excellent advice, thank you so much! It’s hard to know what exactly to do for a sick kiddo when they’re just miserable, but definitely keeping them comfy and hydrated definitely make the job easier.