When we get sick kids in our house, it can be very draining for everyone, expecially if it decides to go through all 8 of us. We have already had 3 bouts of the flu go through the house since the weather started getting colder I have a feeling it may be a long winter!!
What does a house look like when 7 people, including mom are sick you ask?? Well I took a few pictures of one of the bouts of flu that went through everyone including mom in a 48 hour period. Let me tell you that makes for a lot of laundry in our house when that many people have the flu!
Even the cat enjoyed the fact that everyone slept most of the day 🙂
Here are some tips on dealing with fevers in kids I have learned through the years.
1. Keep them hydrated with fluids, fevers cause children to loose fluids quicker. Children ages 1+ should drink gatorade/poweraide, apple juice, soups, water, ice pops, and jello are all good choices. For younger ones, 2 months-1 year old, or children who are vomiting, pedalyte is the best choice of hydrating fluids, start with a spoonful at a time and work up from there increasing the amount every 5-10 minutes as they can hold it down. Babies younger than 2 months need to be seen if they develop a fever. Do not drink caffeinated drinks because they will dehydrate and not hydrate you!
3. If motrin/ibprofin isn’t bringing the fever down by itself try alternating Motrin and tylenol every 4 hours it is the only thing that brings down my kiddos fevers sometimes.
4. Dress child in lightweight clothing, and use a lightweight blanket or sheet to cover them. Overdressing/ over covering will trap the heat in and cause their fever to rise.
7. Extra snuggling time with mom and dad always makes little ones feel more comfortable, and a little happier to 🙂 Enjoy it while you can because they grow up fast and won’t want your cuddles anymore…
I would love to hear your tips on dealing with sick little ones!
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