Life can be pretty hectic anyway without having to even consider what happens when you or your child becomes poorly. The thing with illnesses is they don’t seem to care who it targets. From small babies to adults to the elderly everyone is at risk. Everyone will get poorly one way or the other (it’s not a threat, honest!) Remember it may be a simple sniffle but that can affect feeding, breathing and just general well-being. Even the smallest symptom can be just as horrid. This is where Vicks comes in. They have come up with the new #VicksTricks to help us parents be prepared. They have asked me to share my top tips on how I help my children feel better, So without further ado…
…Here are my tricks to help children get well!
- Rest – Take the time to sit, cuddle and reassure your child they are going to be okay. They may not be old enough to verbally communicate their feelings or frustrations. Expect clinginess and most probably a lot of tears and tantrums.
- Fluids – If your child is breastfed they can either want to feed lot more than usual or they may become withdrawn. Offer the breast as often as possible to keep their fluids up. If the child is formula fed offer their milk feeds as normal and then offer cool boiled water in between. Over 1 then offer water. Anything to help increase fluids will help.
- Food – Foods such as bananas and toast will help to make sure they have something in their belly. Try not to worry if they don’t want to eat, it is important they don’t dehydrate.
- Take their lead – No one knows how they are feeling more than themselves. If they want to play, let them play. If they want cuddles then take the opportunity to sit and cuddle. Read a story and relish in the time you are spending together. It won’t be long before they grow up.
- Medication – There are lots of medication available which can help soothe a cough and cold. Paracetamol can be taken to help relieve aches and pains. Vicks Vapourub can be used to help with snuffled chests (children over 2). Whenever the boys feel snuffled we rub a small amount on the soles of their feet and it helps them breathe easy at night. As an adult Mark puts a little on a tissue and tucks it into his pillow case to help him sleep when he has a cold.
I have been practising my #VicksTricks on the boys this past week and their favourite happens to be this one The Jumping Coin. Katherine Mills (a magician by the way) can perform this trick better than I can, so I will leave it to her to show you.
I totally relate to Katherine when she says laughter is good for soul. Anything to help release those happy endorphins will help make your child feel better sooner rather than later.
This post is an entry for the #VicksTricks campaign.