1. Listen to a Calming Playlist
If you go through the soundtracks of your kid’s favourite Disney movies, you can easily find some slow tunes to add to your calming playlist. It’s amazing what a pretty melody can do to relax and soothe your child. This is also a great way to keep them calm while you take their temperature or apply cream.
2. Try some bubble bath time
The bath can be a great solution to a few problems –it never fails to entertain, sniffles tend to disappear amongst the suds and a cooler bath can help to bring down a temperature. Keep the heat turned up to make sure the bathroom is toasty before and after the bath.
3. Make a game out of giving them medicine
There’s nothing worse than struggling to give medicine to a sick baba. It doesn’t have to have a fight every time. Choose medicine that won’t be a chore to administer. Easofen for Children Strawberry Oral Suspension is your best bet. The strawberry flavoured medicine will go down a treat and you can rest easy knowing your little one is being looked after.
It could be a question of buying those ice lolly-freezing trays or simply freezing a Frube. Whatever way you choose to make ice lollies, the cool sensation will help your little one to feel calm and distracted as they get on the road to recovery. And of course it’s a great way to get fluids in too.
5. Get planting
Planting seeds with little one is a brilliant way to get them involved in gardening and how our planet works and supplies us food. It’s also a brilliant way to occupy when they’re not feeling great. It can be as simple as cress seeds on damp tissue, or planting spuds that can be harvested later in the year. Both of which can be harvested and enjoyed by all the family.
6. Fun with water
This doesn’t have to be an all out water fight (not great when you’re not feeling well) instead, just fill a pot with water and let your little one drop Lego or other plastic toys in to watch the results, what sinks and what floats is an intrigueing game for a little one, and all thoughts of snuggles are far away just for a while.
Don’t underestimate the power of a good book. Sometimes kids can get grumpy after being stuck in front of the TV for a while, so it’s always good to break it up with something a little more gentle. And maybe select a longer story to really get them engrossed- enough to distract them from not feeling well.
8. Play hospital
Playing hospital is a great way to let little ones know that a trip to the doc is no big deal. Be Dr Mum for a while and then let them have their turn at treating you. You never know, your imaginative play could even lead them down a medical path in the future!
9. Make a fort
Regular activities like painting and playdoh may not be the best things for someone whose nose is constantly running or has a vomiting bug. Try making a secret hideout with blankets and pillows for you and your child to retreat to and relax. Your kid will love the distraction of having their very own special place to rest while they recoup!
10. Board Games
Board games are great - I always loved them as a kid (still do today) and my kids in turn have always loved them too. It’s a great way to keep a sick little munchkin occupied, and keep their mind off snuffles, aches and pains. It’s perfect for when you have to be indoors, rain or shine