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6 Ways To Help Your Child When They Are Sick

by Paisley Hansen | 26-04-2022 09:15 recommendations 0

When your child is ill, it can be stressful and upsetting. Your child may be feeling uncomfortable and in pain, while you wonder what you can do to help them.

There are several practical ways you can make your child feel more comfortable at home while they aren't feeling well. In addition, you can make sure your child is diagnosed and treated properly by taking control of their care. Knowing when to take your child to the doctor and what to ask for can make a huge difference to their health. Here are some practical ways to help your child when they are sick. 

1. Schedule a Pediatrician Visit

First and foremost, make sure to schedule an appointment with your child's doctor. There are many illnesses that can be treated safely from home, but it never hurts to get an expert's opinion right away before your child's health gets too poor. When you see the doctor, be sure to ask for functional medicine blood tests during the visit. Blood tests can help you understand what is going on with your child's health. They can also help you find the root cause of their illness and get them the treatment they need.

2. Prioritize Sleep

Make sure your child gets proper rest. When your child is ill, their body is working hard to fight off the infection. They will need plenty of rest to recover properly. Encourage them to sleep as much as possible and limit their activity during the day. This can be difficult when children are starting to feel a little better or aren't lethargic, but even when they feel energetic, their body still needs rest. Offer plenty of quiet activities like books, stuffed animals, and TV entertainment.

3. Focus on Fluids

Help them stay hydrated. It's important for your child to drink plenty of fluids when they are ill. This will help their body recover and prevent dehydration. Offer them water, juice, or soup regularly throughout the day. Some children, especially younger toddlers, may resist or get upset. Just do the best you can and keep offering fluids they like often. Popsicles (regular and electrolyte) can help with this. 

4. Ensure Proper Nutrition

Make sure your child eats healthy foods. Eating nutritious foods will help your child's body heal. Offer them fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. If your child is suffering from tummy troubles, try the BRAT diet:

  • Bananas

  • Rice

  • Applesauce

  • Toast

These foods are gentle on the stomach and can help avoid further distress. Avoid sugary and processed foods, which can make their symptoms worse.

If your child doesn't have much of an appetite, don't worry. Just keep offering things they like and be reassured that even the smallest amounts can still help their recovery.

5. Keep Them Comfortable

Your child may be feeling pain or discomfort from their illness. Help them by providing a comfortable place to rest, keeping them cool or warm as needed, and offering pain relief medication as directed by their doctor.

Providing emotional support is just as important as physical support. Talking to them about their fears, offering plenty of snuggles and hugs, and just being nearby can do wonders for their recovery. 

6. Take Care of Yourself

This last one is important — you can't take care of your child if you aren't healthy yourself. It's important to take care of your own health when your child is ill. Make sure you get plenty of rest, stay hydrated, and eat healthy foods as well. Make sure to take breaks from being a caregiver so you can rest and recharge, and talk with a support person if you feel overwhelmed. This will help you be better able to care for your child.

By following these tips, you can help your child feel more comfortable when they are sick. Taking care of yourself is also important so that you can care for your child properly. If you have any concerns, be sure to speak to your child's doctor.


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