Now that its summer time and we are not in the most prevalent cold and flu season, many parents think that our kids are safe from illness. However, just because the sun is shining and the beach is calling our name, doesn’t mean our little ones can’t still get sick.
The truth is, a fever can strike at any time and for a variety of reasons (both known and unknown). Especially as many of us are travelling more, germs have a tendency to move around in places such as public transit, restaurants and even grocery shopping carts.
Since having kids, fevers are honestly one of the things that I’ve feared most as a parent. Part of what causes me fear with fevers are the unknowns associated with them. Most of the time, you don’t know what the culprit is that caused the fever and truthfully, you don’t really know how long it’s going to last. You also don’t know how high the fever will get and often spend many waking hours throughout the night consoling and nurturing your child back to health.
Today, I thought I would share three ways to combat your child’s next fever that will help reduce their temperature, give everyone a better night’s sleep and ultimately help calm Momma-Bear’s fears!
Step #1: Always Have a Fever-Reducing Medicine on Hand
As much as I like to try natural products for everyday ailments, whenever it comes to a fever, I’ve never messed around. I’ve always made sure to have plenty of medicine on hand for in case a fever will strike.
One of the medicines that I love the most for fevers is Children’s MOTRIN® with ibuprofen. I like using the Dye Free Berry flavour, which helps provide eight hours of fever and pain relief*. This long-lasting relief is key for both day and night time. Especially if you are a working mom, having to stay home to care for your child can be really tricky, particularly if you don’t have a flexible job. Children’s MOTRIN® can help them with quick relief so that they can get back to their activities at school or daycare. But even so, at night, fevers can make kids feel awful and have a restless sleep. Using Children’s MOTRIN® can ensure that everyone, including you, gets the rest that you all need.
Step #2: Humidifier at Night
I’m not sure what scientifically happens to us at night when we are sick, but doesn’t it seem that we all feel sicker once it’s time for bed? This seems to apply for both kids and adults and can make going to sleep really challenging when dealing with a cold or fever.
One of the tricks we’ve always used to help our kids when they are sick is to have a humidifier in their rooms to keep it cool and moist, making it easier to breathe. I would also go as far as saying that the soft sound of the machine can help put your kids (or yourself) into a nice and relaxing deep sleep.
Step #3: Drink Plenty of Fluids
It’s so important to drink plenty of fluids when you are feeling healthy, but even more so when you are sick, especially when it comes to the kids. Making sure that they drink plenty of water to help flush out the virus in their system and keeping them hydrated will help them recover. We also like to keep some kind of juice or electrolyte-based kid’s drink on hand, especially if they aren’t able to keep food down. These drinks will help give them some energy and help them feel better.
Dealing with your child’s sickness is NEVER fun for anyone, including you. But, making sure you are prepared and have all the tools necessary to help combat their fever, cold or flu is crucial to nurturing them back to health.
I’ve partnered with Children’s MOTRIN® to give you all a special coupon so that you will be prepared for when the next fever hits. Click here to grab that coupon and make sure to stock up your medicine cabinet today.
Here’s to short-lived sickness and ultimately, healthy, happy kids for more fun in the sun adventures!
*up to 8 hours.
Note: This post was sponsored by Children’s MOTRIN®. All opinions on this blog are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that help make Amidst the Chaos possible.