Top Five Things To Have On Hand For Sick Kiddos

Remember when you thought Pedialyte was a special elixir meant to cure the worst type of hangovers?  Well guess what! It’s actually meant to hydrate young children when they are ill!  Who knew!

Like every other young family, we go through our bouts of sickness every winter.  There’s no beating about the bush, having sick kids is the worst.  Here is our list of the top five things to have on hand in case a bug enters your house.  (Your future self with a sick kid at 3:00am will thank you.)

  1. Tylonel, Motrin– There are many schools of thought of which to give for a fever and do you rotate medications with every dose?  After speaking to four CHOP nurses on the after hours hotline,  here’s where we landed:  We give Tylenol first for fevers and do not switch to Motrin every other dose.  (We have found that Motrin seems to work much better than Tylenol for ear aches and teething.) But we obviously recommend that you call your doctor and follow their instructions for dosing.  Bottom line: you’re going to need one or both of these meds on hand.
  2. Suppositories – You don’t know how much you really love your kid until your jamming a little white pill where the sun don’t shine!  Suppositories are a must have, especially if your little one has a fever and nauseous.  (Again, definitely check with your doctor about dosage and age requirements.)
  3. Pedialyte/ Apple Juice– Our 13 month old recently refused all liquids when she had a very high fever. We eventually got her to take some Pedialyte by giving it to her in a medicine dropper.  (We also read that soaking a clean towel or rag in water or juice and letting your baby suck on it may also work as a way to get liquids in your sick babe.)
  4. Popsicles– Again, helps keep your little one hydrated.
  5. Jello– Eating blobs of Jello is sometimes more appealing than drinking for some kids.  (This worked for our sick toddler.)

Some other things to have on hand:

  • Fresh watermelon-  If your little one is not drinking, sometimes they’ll eat some cool, juicy watermelon, and this will definitely help the hydration cause.
  • Gel ice packs and soft rags– We had a really high-fever bug go through our house a few weeks ago.  It’s always scary when you have given Tylenol or Motrin and over an hour later you’re still seeing 104.5 on the thermometer.  (Our pediatrician tells us to head to ER with a 105 temp.) We wrapped a gel ice pack (meant for eyes) with a light towel and placed it on our baby’s head, back of neck, and behind knees.  We also used cool, wet rags.  (We were told not to do a cool bath because it could actually raise the baby’s temp even higher by giving them the chills.)

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