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How to Deal with Sick Children

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Published May 7th 2013
Make your children feel better
Keep a bucket handy for any ill children

There is nothing a mother hates seeing more than when her child is feeling under the weather, it can be hard to deal with children when they are ill, but I have managed some ways to make my children feel better and how to keep them in routine.

Usually if children are sick they will want to sleep a lot. Setting up a little bed out in the lounge room where you can keep an eye on them better is a good place to start.

Make them feel better by getting out a few movies they can choose from to watch, if they are bedridden. Comedic movies always makes my boys feel a bit better because they get to have a laugh, unless they've got a bad cough and it hurts to laugh, they prefer their Ben 10 and superhero films.

Don't let kids push your buttons just because they are sick. Unless they have caught a disease where they have forgotten their manners, they still need to say please, thank-you and excuse me if they need something.

My friends often ask me if it is normal to punish a child when they misbehave even when they are sick. I think it is okay, because they still need to behave even if they are ill. If my kids talk back, be rude or swear or do something naughty I just send them to their rooms and take away their Nintendo DS, even if they are sick.

I always make lightly buttered toast, yogurt, fruit, and warm soup for my sick children. The soup's perfect if they have a cold, and lightly buttered toast is good if they have been throwing up a lot.

Clean everything they touch and don't let them get too close to siblings or yourself. Get rid of the bug and practice good hygiene.

Keep them on parole the day after if they are still wearing a bit weary and weak. I usually give my kids two days off when they are sick, because by the second day they are usually so tired still from vomiting or blowing their nose all night, and it gives them that little extra time to get rid of the bug.
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