Because I don’t “do” sick people well. I really dislike illness. The sneezing, the snot, the coughing, the irritability, or in Tiny’s case – the insane, crazy sick energy that winds her up tighter than a ticking drum. It grates on me for some reason. All of it. But of course it breaks my heart to see Tiny sick so those mommy caregiver skills go into overdrive.
I always like to hear how other mamas handle their sick little ones, so I thought I would share my modus operandi with you. Because children and illness…seems they go hand in hand.
Disclaimer time! I am not a licensed medical professional nor do I play one on this site so please do not take a single thing I write here to be bonafide medical advice. Whatever I share here is based on my personal experience, research, and possibly the experience of others. I am not making any medical claims. So take what I write and consult with your trusted practitioner before making any changes.
Children And Illness – A Quick Guide To Recovery
I want to accomplish three things when it comes to children and illness. I want to support the body, bring relief without interfering with what the body does best, and speed healing. In order to accomplish these goals, I pump my daughter full of the following:
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- Homemade chicken broth (as much as I can, all day long!)
- Mint tea (fresh not bagged tea)
- Warm honey-lemon water
- Fresh squeezed orange juice
- Coconut water
- My famous DIY sore throat and cough soothing syrup as needed
- Hyland’s Bioplasma Cell Salts (two tablets four times a day)
- Uriel’s Thuja Thymus (4 drops four times a day)
- For colds – Boiron Cold Calm, as directed
- For flu – Hylands Flu Reliever as directed and Boiron Oscillococcinum as directed
- This super yummy cough syrup for extra cough relief
- Prescript Assist Probiotic (Tiny takes this every day, in sickness and in health!)
- For fever – just read my post on childhood fevers.
- Olbas Oil – I put four drops on a small towel, fold the towel over and put it in the pillowcase of the pillow Tiny sleeps closest to. This stuff is amazing at relieving congestion!
- Olbas Herbal Bath – squeeze this into a warm bath and let the congestion drain!
- Homemade vapor rub and vapor steams
How I keep Tiny “quiet” during an illness:
- Lots of story time with “sick day only” books (I keep about 6 on hand for such days.)
- Coloring, painting, stickers, etc…
- Walks with her in the stroller (fresh air is VERY important during illness to keep the lungs clear. Plus fresh air always awakens healing energy.)
- I bring out the box of special “sick day” toys (stuff she hasn’t seen in a while plus a few special items.)
- The box of scraps (scrap paper, yarn, ribbon, bows, rubber bands, buttons, craft leftovers, etc…). This is all exciting stuff to dig through while in bed or on the couch.
- Quite tea parties with the dolls and stuffed animals
- Peaceful music
- Photo albums (Tiny could look at pictures all day long!)
- Cuddles and babywearing around the house
What not to give a sick child
- Milk products (increases congestion)
- Television (studies have shown that watching television while sick actually delays recovery. Your brain literally gets too distracted to do the work it needs to do to get your system to fight against the germs.)
- Stimulating activities
- Going anywhere – i.e. running errands
- Loud music
- Overly bright light
- “Action” oriented play
- Sugar of all kinds including fruit (it compromises the immune system)
Having a sick child is rough on everyone. Having a sick preschooler, toddler, or baby is especially rough since getting them to rest and stay quiet can be a battle unto itself. I hope my little lists help you next time your little one is ill.
What tips and tricks do you have? What are your go-to remedies?