Tips to Help Kids When They Are Sick

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With everyone stuck indoors more due to cold weather, sickness is bound to go around. Recently I was introduced to a new way to help little ones when they are sick specifically kids that don't like to take medicine. So today, I am sharing how I have helped my children get through their illnesses.

1. Get Their Medicine Flavored with FLAVORx.
 When a child has trouble taking liquid medicine, it can be a stressful experience leading to tears, tantrums, and a longer illness. FLAVORx is here to help make the medicine-time experience better for both kids and parents by letting kids choose how they want their medicine to taste CVS Pharmacy. My daughter recently had to be placed on cephalexin which is an antibiotic. When you go to your local CVS Pharmacy, you can let your child select from the recommended FLAVORx options to add to their prescription like blastin' bubblegum, mighty mango, wacky watermelon, and giggly grape. And don't forget, flavoring is FSA/HSA eligible. There are also other flavorings available depending on the prescription like cheeky cherry, lucky lemon, giddy grapeade, and awesome apple. Other medications that FLAVORx can be added to are amoxicillin, Tamiflu, Cleocin, azithromycin, cefdinir, but ask the pharmacist if FLAVORx is an option for your family.

2. Print Some Activity Sheets. Spending so much time away from outdoors but trying to avoid too much screen while still trying to let your body rest can be rough for little ones. Here are some fun activity sheets for kids to do while they are lounging around the house letting the flavored medicine do its work. Click the activity or coloring sheet below to print at home.

3. Drink Plenty of Fluids. Water is best, but if you have a little one that doesn't like plain water, try Pedialyte or even crystal light packets. Avoiding sugar is key. Being sick also can lead to insensible fluid loss, such as sweating from fever or blowing your nose, while vomiting or diarrhea can exacerbate fluid loss. So, drinking more fluids helps replenish these losses. You can even give them popsicles if that is the only way to keep fluids in them.

4. Keep Them Cozy. Have you ever heard of the phrase, "Feed a cold, starve a fever"? The idea is that you want to keep them warm if they have a cold, but not too warm if they already have a fever. My mom would always run a lukewarm bath when we ran a fever and would sponge me or my brother with a washcloth for 10-15 minutes. But the main key is making sure they aren't too warm, so turn down the heat in their room or even turn on a fan and dress them in light clothes. If they have a cough or stuffy nose, let them sleep on an incline.

5. Encourage Sleep. Sleeping helps encourage the immune system to do what it needs to do, so your child's body can fight the illness more effectively. Pushing through a cold, can make it worse.

6. Moisten the Air. Make sure to provide an environment where the air is hydrated without making it cold. Humidifies are a great option. We keep one running for my son every night even without a cold. I have a little humidifier in his room that I make sure to wipe out nightly to avoid mildew growth.

7. Let Them Eat. Provide plenty of nutritious snack options, even if that means a special delivery from your local grocery store. But expecting them to eat a full meal until they feel better isn't realistic. Remember fluids is the focus during this time.

What do you think of FLAVORx? Taste is such a huge factor when it comes to getting kids to swallow their medicine. By letting kids pick their favorite flavor and making medicine more palatable, the FLAVORx service empowers children to take ownership of their wellness, makes medicine-time fun, and reduces stress levels for parents. FLAVORx offers flavors to fit even the pickiest kid’s taste buds, from popular favorites like bubblegum and grape, to more unique options like mango and sour apple. Flavors are sugar-free, gluten-free, dye-free, and casein-free.

What tips do you have for other parents who have little ones that are sick at home? Please share them in the comments below. 

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