When Your Toddler is Sick


One of the worst parts of parenting is seeing your child sick and not being able to do anything about it. As a mother, it breaks my heart to see my son sick. I thought that before he was talking, but now that he is talking, it has gotten worse. My son now says, “I’m good,” as if he thinks being sick is punishment.

Tonight, as I write this, my heart is breaking. My son has a fever and cough and feels awful. He can’t get comfortable and he doesn’t know why. I can’t seem to get him to understand that being sick isn’t because of something he did wrong.

What can we do, as parents, when our children get sick? Besides taking them to the doctor for a diagnosis and prescription, there is a lot more involved in being a parent to a sick child. Your child looks to you for comfort, reassurance and most of all, to feel better.

Fortunately, there are several items designed to make sick kids feel a little more comfortable, including:

Toasty Bear

Having had this bear before I had my son, it was the first thing I thought of when my son became ill. This is a teddy bear that can be warmed in the microwave to provide warmth and comfort. Filled with aromatherapy ingredients, he is soothing and therapeutic. For more information on “Toasty Bear” visit the Sootheze website.

Cold Packs

For cooling relief, I have bear shaped cold packs that I keep in the freezer. I’ve found these in several drug stores. I wrap them in a soft towel and place them on the back of my son’s neck if he’s hot from a fever.

Fever Cooling Strips

I found fever cooling strips that are similar to the migraine patches they make for adults. The cooling strips are placed on the child’s forehead during a fever. This has a cooling and soothing effect.

Pedialyte Freezer Pops

I love the fact that Pedialyte made freezer pops. They are single serving sizes and make my son feel better when he needs rehydrating.

Little Noses Saline Drops

Although my son doesn’t care for the saline drops, I’ve used them a couple of times and they do help to relieve a stuffy nose.

Lukewarm Bath

Sometimes there isn’t anything left to do to comfort my son other than a lukewarm bath. This has always seemed to help him feel better and is known to soothe tired and aching muscles associated with the flu.

Regardless of what I’ve tried, nothing seems to help my own feelings when my son is sick and thinks it is because he did something wrong. He just doesn’t understand that feeling ill isn’t punishment for something.

I am glad there are products out there to assist me in comforting my son when he is under the weather. I just hope for a speedy recovery and always take my pediatrician’s advice.

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