As a mom, one of the hardest things is seeing your babies sick. It's stressful for them and stressful for you. You want with all your might to make them feel better but often time, the cold or illness just has to run it's course. One way that you can be prepared and cheer them up is to make a sick day kit. This is a special kit you only take out on days that they are sick and contains all the things you need to make them comfortable and make the experience less bad for both of you. Here are some tips on how to create a sick day kit for kids.
How to Make a Sick Day Kit For Kids
A sick day kit should contain a few things. There should be items to comfort them, items for reducing symptoms and items to occupy their time and cheer them up. The sick day kit should never be pulled out unless your child is really sick as it will lose it's special value if you allow your children to play with the things in it to cheer them up when they are not. Here are some suggestions for things to put in it, broken down into categories. Keep in mind, as well, that in order to keep things exciting and safe, update it on a regular basis.
Facial tissues with lotion-this is necessary as it is very soothing to poor chapped noses. Here are some Natural Ways to Clear a Stuffy Nose.
A special cuddly toy– Make sure to wash it after each sick day use to keep from spreading germs again the next time your child is sick or from sibling to sibling. The kind that have a filling that you can stick in the microwave and heat up are great.
Some soft socks– These are great for comforting chilly toes. If you can, get a special pair that is fleece or made of that ultra-soft yarn. These can be bought at pharmacies or even at the dollar store in some cases.
For Soothing Symptoms:
Cough drops or hard sugarless candy– Make sure not to include this in kits for kids younger than 5 as they can present a choking hazard. Here are some Natural Sore Throat Remedies.
Essential oils– These are great for putting in an aromatherapy delivery system or applying (diluted) directly on skin for clearing stuffed sinuses naturally. Some oils to consider are anything citrus, eucalyptus, and lavender. Here is how to make your own vapor rub.
Chicken noodle soup– You can either can it yourself or buy the packets or cans at the store. Always having it on hand in your kit is a must.
Chap-stick- This can be placed on chapped lips and on nostrils that are red. Get an unscented kind or make your own lip balm.
Snacks that are easy on tummies– This way, when your child feels up to eating, you will always have something on hand.
To Occupy Time:
A favorite movie– Keep this one hidden in the kit and swap it out from time to time.
Books-Coloring books, crayons or books to read are great quite in-bed activities.
A small dollar store toy or another fun surprise– Make it something new each time.
Easy crafts- these can be simple crafts they can do on their own with very little help or something as easy as paper dolls.
If you have the room for it, add in some extra blankets for building a fort. What kid wouldn't love a fort to hang out in when they are not feeling well? What are some things you do to sooth your kids when they are sick that is special? I would love to hear about it in the comments!