Becoming a new parent comes with many growing pains. One of them is when your toddler inevitably gets sick. You know what to do when it’s you, but you might not when your toddler gets sick. We provide some tips for treating your sick toddler for the first time.
The cold and flu season is crazy this year, it’s very possible you may have already experienced sickness. If your family isn’t lucky and gets sick this year, you’ll know how to get back on your feet as quickly as possible.
Hydration is Key
One of the best ways to fight a sickness is to drink plenty of liquids. A toddler won’t do this on their own, so it’s up to you to make sure that they drink enough. Not all liquids were created equal, but some can help reduce the amount of mucus your toddler might experience like warm or cold water and juice.
Give them Chicken Noodle Soup
Chicken noodle soup is well-known for being one of the best foods someone can eat when they experience a sickness. It’s great for your toddler because they can eat it easily. It also helps clear nasal congestion, has many nutrients, and tastes great.
Stay Up to Date with Medicine
As a parent, there’s something else you have to give to your toddler besides water and soup—medicine! This one might be a little difficult because your toddler might not like the taste of it, but you need to make sure that they take it when they need to. Make sure you also give them the correct medicine based on a doctor’s recommendation.
Monitor Their Progress
In addition to giving them their medicine, also check up on them and monitor their progress. The best way to do this is by asking if they feel better and checking their temperature with a thermometer. By monitoring their progress, you can see if your toddler is fighting off the sickness.
Take them to the Doctor When Necessary
A common cold or ear infection can typically be treated at home. If symptoms continue for several days, however, you should go to a doctor who deals with common ears, nose, and throat problems. A doctor will have the ability to properly diagnose what’s happening and prescribe your toddler a stronger medicine.
Make Sure They Are Comfortable
During the days when your toddler is sick, make sure they feel as comfortable as possible. It’s going to be tough for your toddler because they aren’t used to it, not to mention it isn’t fun for anybody. Make them comfortable in their room, so they can get adequate rest. Keep them entertained as well by putting on a movie or TV show. When your child is sick, also spend as much time as you can with them.
Stop Sleep Training Temporarily
Unfortunately, when your child is sick (like really sick), you will need to focus on getting your child healthy above all else. If you were implementing a sleep training plan with a toddler, you will want to pause temporarily. Once your little one is on the mend, you should re-start your plan. Unfortunately, if your toddler is waking up at night again, you might have to start back at square one.
But, you know how consistency is so your toddler should bounce back quickly as possible.
Disinfect Their Room
Our final tip for treating your sick toddler has to do with the aftermath of the sickness. When your toddler gets over a bug, disinfect their room so that it doesn’t spread to other members of your family. Also, make sure you wash the clothes they wore while they were sick and wash their bedsheets. This is the best preventative measure you can take to ensure that no one else gets sick.