What to Do When Your Child is Sick or Not Feeling Well

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Wondering what to do when your child is sick or not feeling well? There are few things harder on a parent than when your child is sick or injured.  All you want to do is make them better but sometimes no matter how hard you try it only makes it worse.  Here are a few tips you can follow if your little one isn’t feeling well.

What to Do When Your Child is Sick or Not Feeling Well

What to Do When Your Child is Sick?

If you’re wondering what to do when your child is sick, the first thing to ask yourself is whether or not you need to speak to a doctor. It’s best to err on the side of caution. If you’re not sure, it takes only a few minutes to call the on-call nurse and ask. They can give you advice that is specific to your situation. You might want to consider an online doctor consultation.

How do I help my sick child?

After you’ve spoken to your child’s pediatrician and followed their advice, the best thing you can do is to keep them comfortable. This can mean something as simple as giving them their special stuffed animal. Or, it can mean letting them watch their favorite show on television.

Be sure that you keep them hydrated. This is good advice whether they have a stuffy nose or a stomach bug. A good old-fashioned home remedy has always been a cup of chicken soup. They may also want to have an ice pop to soothe a sore throat or settle a stomach.

child sleeping with a teddy bear

Should you let your child sleep when sick?

Unless your doctor has told you otherwise, it’s always best to let a sick child sleep. Their body needs to fight off whatever illness they have. And, a few extra hours of sleep will help them get stronger and feel better. A warm bath before bedtime may help relax them. And, if they are stuffy, a humidifier may help them breathe easier.

How do you calm a sick toddler?

One of the most important things to do is to keep your toddler calm and happy. Younger children don’t always understand why they don’t feel well. They will probably want more attention from you so extra cuddles and special one on one time may help. We always use an aromatherapy bear when the kids are sick. You can use lavender for calming or peppermint for congestion. 

What to Do When Your Child is Sick or Not Feeling Well

How to care for a sick child at home

For most minor illnesses, you will be caring for your child at home. If you’re wondering what to do when your child is sick at home for a long term illness, you might want to consider speaking to your doctor or nurse for their recommendations. Try making their room extra cheerful with their favorite toys or balloons. Bring a small television or laptop in their room so they can watch TV. Using a bed tray will allow them to eat in bed, use their coloring books, or play with playdough.

teddy bear with bandages on

How to entertain your sick child

If your child is sick, chances are that they need to stay in bed and be calm. This is hard enough to do when your child feels well. Getting a cranky child to be calm in bed can be a challenge. But, it helps to keep them entertained. Why not bring their favorite doll or stuffed animal to them and let them pretend to take care of it. You can give them a little box of bandages, a thermometer, a little baby-sized blanket, and a play doctor bag.

This plush animal hospital is adorable and would be a wonderful way to keep your little one entertained. Or, you might want to try this get well soon teddy bear. Or, keep them busy with this Sick at Home coloring book and a box of crayons.

thermometer and medicine

You may want to learn more about how to keep track of medications. And, learn more about supporting your immune system so you don’t get sick every time your children do. 

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  1. Jodie Arnold says
    I would love to win this bear! I have twins that are forever trading their illnesses back and forth!
  2. The bear comes in lots of cool colors. It can be used for hot or cold therapy. 
  3. I learned they have 5 different bears. I wish I had one tonight, my little one is sick with a fever and would love to cuddle with it instead of his cold washcloth on forehead.
  4. krista grandstaff says
    The Tumble bear is adorable...and this would certainly beat the tube sock filled with rice we use now... ( although, we do have a lot of different sizes!)
  5. The lavender tumble bear is only 1.6 lbs!
  6. In the Hammock says
    I learned they are made with natural cotton and corn.
  7. I loved all the color options for the bears!
  8. The color options are great!! My son has something similar and it helped with growing pains! Fantastic review of the item.
  9. I learned that 100% Natural Heating and Cooling Pack +Reduces Fever +Relieves Pain + Washable
  10. Still Blonde after all these YEARS says
    They have a green bear named Hunter who is so cute! 
  11. I learned and like that there are a variety of colours to choose and LOVE that it is washable
  12. I have never heard of these bears but they are adorable! I would love to win one.
    The bear looks adorable! I hope I win! :)
  14. Sarah @ East9thStreet says
    I learned that my daughter wants Bella Bear!
  15. Felissa (Two Little Cavaliers) says
    I love the fact that the heating / cooling element is made from corn. And I think Bella the little pink one is adorable!
  16. I learned that it uses specialized corn to hold temperatures for long periods of time.
  17. It can be used as a heating pad, an ice pack and is machine washable.
  18. We have the thermal aid bear and my kids use it all the time when they are sick!
  19. I learned they are made with natural cotton and corn.
  20. They also offer adult products as well.
  21. Dana Rodriguez says
    I have never heard of these bears and the are so cool!So many colors..I love Bella(the pink one)I also like the fact they are %100 natural.Thanks for the chance.
  22. I learned that they can be used as either a cooling or hearing pack!
  23. Steve Stone says
    can be used hot or cold
  24. Heather Bridson says
    I learned the the heating element is cotton and corn..all natural.
  25. Patricia Hancock says
    Thermal Aid makes lots of products for people of all ages.
  26. These can be used for hot or cold.
  27. Ingredients: Natural Cotton and a heating/cooling element composed of a specially engineered corn. Do not use by individuals with corn allergies.
  28. I've learned that Thermal-Aid is University Tested and Doctor Recommended! Thank You for the giveaway
  29. Monique Rizzo says
    I like all the fun colors. Thanks for the chance. mogrill12@gmail.com
  30. i learned it heps reduce fever
  31. I learned that there are lots of color options and that they are washable
  32. Good for: Arthritis, back pain, muscle soreness, menstrual cramps, neck pain, carpal tunnel, headaches, and migraines, sprains/strains, sunburn, fever, stomach aches and flu symptoms, bug bites, lactation, babies with colic (under adult supervision), multiple sclerosis and growing pains  Thanks for the contest.
  33. I like honey bear of all the 5 of them but they are so cute.
  34. Virginia Rogers says
    I love that they are great for fever and pain, and great hot or cold, thank you so much for chance to win, my daughter would just love, so appreciate!
  35. It comes in all different colors
  36. Keely Hostetter says
    I learned they come in zoo animals too. How fun and such a great product
  37. Learned they are 100% natural!
  38. I learned that 100% Natural Heating and Cooling Pack +Reduces Fever +Relieves Pain + Washable
  39. Tammy Shelton says
    ...not just Bears (Although I love the bears) but several different ZOO Animals. So VERY Cute and Usefull! I love em'!
  40. Kimberly Hilbert says
    You can collect the bears! I love Honey Bear!
  41. They relieve pain and they're washable!
  42. I learned that they relieve pain and fever and are 19.95
  43. Learned that the ingredients are: natural Cotton and a heating/cooling element composed of a specially engineered corn
  44. you can get the bears in all sorts of colors.
  45. Melanie Montgomery says
    I like Hunter the green bear.
  46. kelley roach says
    They have a green bear named Hunter who is so cute!
  47. It can be used for hot and cold!
  48. Cassandra McCann says
    http://thermal-aid.com/heating-pack-products-for-pets/ a sweet way to pamper the fur babies
  49. steve mccuan says
     listen to  Away In a Manger - Casting Crowns while cuddled up  with  Honey Bea , very soothing for me the babby can waite his turn lol
  50. Natural cotton is whata theu use-love that!
  51. They have other animals like Happy the Hippo and Tiny the Elephant. Happy is adorable.
  52. It is washable
  53. made from "special" corn- can be used hot or cold for whatever your need is.. love this idea. thanks
  54. Michelle Tucker says
    They have thermal aid for pets too!
  55. Charlene Shaver says
    I learned they are 100% natural & they are washable :)
  56. I learned that the bear can be used for either hot or cold therapy and that it is washable. cjnedrow at gmail dot com
  57. Laurie Emerson says
    I learned that Thermal-Aid has been tested on patients and animals with many different pain ailments including arthritis,
  58. You can collect 5 bears.

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