31 January 2012

Tips For Dealing With A Sick Child

It seems this time of year is when kids end up spreading the germs and coming down with various bugs, including the cold and flu.  While good hand washing techniques and providing a good daily vitamin for kids is a good way to prevent your child from getting sick, as parents we know that this may not always work.  According to statistics, it is common for children to catch 8-10 colds within their first 2 years of life!  It may be hard to tell just how serious your child's apparent sickness is.  The makers of Children's Advil have come up with some tips to help you figure out whether or not you need to call the pediatrician.

Positive signs that your child is not as sick as you may think:

* Your child is still interested in playing
* Your child is eating and drinking well
* Your child appears alert and smiling
* Your child has a normal skin color
* Your child looks well when his/her temperature comes down

Signs that you should call the doctor:

* Your child is experiencing discomfort
* Your child is vomiting
* Your child is not drinking and/or not sleeping well
* Your child has a temperature of 101 F or higher and is 2-6 months old, or has a temperature of 103 F or   higher and is 6 months or older.
* Your child is complaining of a bad headache
* Your child is experiencing persistent diarrhea

As a parent, we try to provide comfort over all when our kids are sick.  I know I love to set my kiddos up on the couch during the day when they're sick and I make them hot soup, run them a nice bubble bath, and try to keep them entertained with games, books, movies, etc.  Children's Advil has some great tips when it comes to how to help your child feel better!

For Fever:
* Don't overbundle!  Lighter clothing tends to help body heat escape more easily
* Luke warm baths are great to help lower fevers

For a Stuffy Nose:
* A few drops of saline nose drops can help thin nasal discharge
* Using a cool-mist humidifier or vaporizer in your child's room can help moisten the air and clear nasal passages

For Chest Congestion:
* Cupping your hands and gently tapping your child's back can help break up that pesky chest congestion.  This works best when a child is either laying on their stomach or sitting on your lap and tilted forward 30 degrees
* Again, a cool mist humidifier or vaporizer can work wonders to relieve your child's chest congestion

For a Cough:
* Honey is the recommended key ingredient.  Given alone, in a nice warm cup of tea, or even nowadays found in many cough syrups - this little ingredient can soothe your child's cough. (*Not to be given to a child younger than 1 year old)
* For a child older than 4 years, cough drops and lozenges help soothe the throat.  Remember not to give more than the recommended drops or lozenges per day according to the package.

So what are some good prevention tips?

1)  Make sure to work with your pediatrician to make sure your child is up to date on all vaccines.
2)  Avoid touching the nose, eyes, and mouth.
3)  Cover the nose and mouth with your arm (not hands) while coughing or sneezing to prevent the spread of germs.
Did you know Children's Advil provides up to 8 hours of relief?  
Children's Advil also comes in new Dye Free White Grape formula!
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Thanks to the great folks at Children's Advil, I received a sample of their new Dye Free White Grape formula.  It honestly came at a good time, as one of my girls is just getting over a cold with a mild fever.  Not only do I love the new dye free formula, my daughter loved the taste and didn't protest having to take it like other liquid over the counters we have used.  Her fever went away quickly and it provided a long span of relief, which is one reason I love Advil products so much.  They always seem to do the job when you need it!  If you're looking for a pain reliever/fever reducing product that will give your child the relief you're looking for, I highly recommend Children's Advil products. 

* Disclosure:  This post was written for Children's Advil, in partnership with Smiley360.  I was provided a sample product in exchange for my personal review.  All opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine and are not a result of any outside influence.

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