Strategies for Surviving With Sick Kids

One of the (many) parenting lessons I’ve learned since having Avalon & becoming a family of four, is that when you double the amount of kids you have, you are just about tripling the chance of someone being sick.  At the least.  Last year was by far the sickest our house has ever been, it pretty much felt like one of us was sick at all times and then as soon as that person got better, they passed it on to someone else.  So with school starting back in just a couple of weeks, I am preparing myself for the worst, and hoping for the best!  Through googling, a little bit of trial & error, and polling some of my IG expert mamas, I have learned some tips for surviving (and keeping your sanity) with sick little ones, and I thought I would share some of those today.

1 – Fruit juice popsicles.  My girls are popsicles addicts, and when they are sick and pretty much refusing to drink or eat anything, this usually does the trick to keep them hydrated.

2 – Cuddles and snuggles and their favorite DVDs.  Unless it was directed by our pediatrician, I learned long ago that there is no reason to separate them if they are sick, they just pass it to each other one way or another anyways.  They both love DVDs and a little rest and relaxation is usually all they need.  Bonus points if you get to jump in, too!

3 – The BRAT diet.  Bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast.  My grandmother used to always tell me this and now I remember it for my own kids!  We also make this recipe (that I shared here), that our girls love even when they are not sick.

4 – Blankets in the dryer.  Waverly loves to put a warm blanket on, even when she is feeling just fine, so it’s nice to be able to give her something a little extra special when she’s not.

5 – A pillow under the mattress.  We did this for Avalon when she was really little and had reflux, and also rely on it when either of the girls are congested.

6 – Painting nails, coloring, I Spy (one of our favorites!) or other laid-back activities.  Waverly can be as sick as I’ve seen her, and she never ever says no to painting nails.  Pull out some of these activities!

7 – Gentle massage.  We love this anytime, but especially for some extra love for our babies when they are sick.

8 – For teething or sick babes, baby Tylenol and Motrin, or even switching it off.  And frozen washcloths or baby feeders for them to much on!

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10 – And when all else fails, drink all the wine!  And just remember that like every other part of parenting, this shall pass, too.  It always does. 🙂

Do you have any other secrets to survival with kids who aren’t feeling well?!  I would love to hear!
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  1. August 31, 2016 / 1:34 pm

    My family has been more sick in the last year than in our whole lives it seems! This is a great post. Thank you for sharing! I love the frozen washcloth idea for teething. Time to stock up on all the medicine, kleenex and soups for cold season.

  2. August 31, 2016 / 3:36 pm

    Our HUGE go-to when sick is Spencer's humidifier. It saves him when he's stuffy or uncomfortable. We also love using the nose frida prior to tissues.

    Also – warm baths with lavender essential oils are a favorite around here 🙂

  3. August 31, 2016 / 10:16 pm

    I've never heard of the BRAT diet, but it totally makes sense, and I'm tucking that away for the next round of sickness, which will be totally unavoidable now that school is back in session!

  4. September 1, 2016 / 3:20 am

    The BRAT diet; I sweat by it! We also do lots of kefir & fresh probiotics for upset tummies!

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