One of the hardest parts of parenting is dealing with sickness in your children. We are very lucky that neither of our children have ever been sick for an extended period of time, but we've dealt with our fair share of viruses and stomach bugs. And I think all of the parents out there can agree that those just flat out stink.
One of the big issues with sickness in my kids is the fact that they are super light sleepers. I've found that the easiest way to let my kids recuperate from illness is to let them get their rest. But, of course, there is always a little bit of monitoring and medicine administration that needs to happen when kids are asleep. When you have light sleepers, that becomes a little bit of an issue.
We've found ways to simplify a sick day to make it as easy as possible for my light sleepers. Hopefully these tips will help out around your home, too!
Keep a sound machine to drown out background noise.
My kids have always slept so much better when they have a sound machine. Not only does it provide a little bit of white noise that helps them sleep, but it can drown out the sounds of parents coming in their room for monitoring when a child is sick.
Make sure the child is in their element.
I've tried to let Emmie sleep on the couch when she's sick, and it just never seems to work for us. She rests so much better when she's in her element: in her room, with her stuffed animals and pillows, and a chilly (not cold) temperature on the thermostat. We usually leave her fan off while she's sick so we don't encourage a stuffy nose.
If you need to constantly monitor your child, I've found that taking things out of their room that make them comfortable goes a long way! At minimum, have the pillow from their room on the couch.
Use tools that allow your child to sleep through the monitoring.
When it comes to monitoring your child through a fever/virus, the less invasive, the better. It's great if you can monitor a fever without waking your child; it's even better if you can monitor it without disturbing the child at all.
The TempTraq® temperature monitor is the absolutely perfect way to unobtrusively monitor fevers. It's the only Bluetooth® temperature monitor that continuously monitors a child's temperature for up to 24 hours. As it monitors, it continuously sends the data to your Apple® or Android™ phone through a convenient app. You can even program the Temptraq app to send alerts if you child's temperature gets too high.
All of this data is collected through a soft, comfortable patch that your child wears on his/her underarm with an application that's similar to an adhesive bandage. No more disturbing a resting child to take a temperature!
Schedule medicine administration around your child.
If you kind of know your child's normal routine, you can schedule their medicine administration times for those hours when you know she/he will be awake. I have a standing rule: never wake a sleeping child unless it is absolutely necessary. Through a little bit of planning, it's not at all necessary to wake your child to take medicine.
The Temptraq app makes that easy too! Through the notes section of the app, you can quickly jot down what medicine your child took at what time. I'm guilty of kind of going into a fog when we're home for sick days; different medicine doses and temperature readings kind of start blending together. With this app, you can easily track what and when your child was taking.
Another great way to ensure your child takes all of their medicine is by tracking it right on the bottle. I love the method of making a quick graph on the pill/syrup bottle and scribbling in a quick "X" when a dose is taken! This also makes scheduling so much easier.
Get lenient on the rules.
I'm a stickler for a routine. But sickness is a time that rules absolutely go out the window for us. I don't typically limit screen time during a sick day. And, as much as I believe in keeping my children on a pretty consistent sleep schedule, I throw that out when there's sickness in our home. I let them sleep when they want to, where they want to, for how long they want to. They actually typically sleep a lot more when sick, so this isn't really a big issue!
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