How to Deal With a Sick Child - Top 5 Tips For Parents
It’s that time of the year again. Perhaps it started with a little sniffle, progressed on to a bigger cough and finally exploded into a full-blown illness.
Fever. Aches. Pains.
You’ve got it - a sick child is in your midst and as a parent, it’s your job to deal with it.
Now - if you’re like most of us, you’re probably wiping the sweat from your brow because you know that this is going to be a long night…and an even longer few days while your little one sweats it out (literally). Oh. and the whining…
If you’re dealing with a sick child and you’re stressed about the long days (and nights) to come, read on. You’ll get through this!
How to Deal With a Sick Child
1) Get Help
Now’s the time to call in the troops, whether it’s your spouse, the grandparents, your child’s favourite aunt, or your best friend. That neighbour who’s always offering assistance? Take it. They say “it takes a village” and this is no more the case than when you have a feverish child on your hands. If someone offers to cook you a meal and drop it off, great! Graciously accept. Another asks if you need anything
2) Technology is Your Friend
Allow Netflix, iPad, TV and mindless movie viewing by said sick child. It’s okay. You’re not a bad parent. Let them indulge. They’ll live - and so will you.
3) Keep it Clean
All that coughing, sneezing or general breathing can be hazardous to those around your sick child, mainly you and the rest of your family. Germs have a sneaky way of getting into our systems (no surprise), so remember to keep things as clean as you can while your little one rides out her illness. This means lots of hand-washing by all in the home, the liberal use of hand sanitizer and keeping your child’s clothes (PJ’s), bedsheets and other items laundered. Often.
4) Work Remotely
You may not have to call in sick (and tell a little white lie), depending on your workplace. Do you have the capacity to get some of your work done from a remote location, e.g. at home? If so, ask. Ask your boss, your supervisor and/or your colleagues. Sometimes that’s all it takes and many times, those who have the ability to say “yes” will do so. After all, most of us have been there and understand.
Sure - sleep is critical for a child that’s under the weather, but it’s almost equally important for you, the caregiver, as well. Ironically, your caring for your child without taking equal care for yourself can contribute to you getting sick - which won’t do anyone in your household any good. As they often say to parents of new babies, “sleep when the baby sleeps.” In this instance, if you’re pulling long nights awake, caring for your child who’s under the weather, make sure to get your 40 winks in whenever you can. This could be when your child slips off into a nap during the day, or while he’s watching Netflix (see tip #2).
Do you have any additional tips that can help parents get through the stress of caring for a sick child? Tell me about it in the comments section below!