Nothing is more nerve-wracking than when your child is ill. It likely pains you that you are unable to do much of anything to relieve their suffering. However, there are six ways in which you can help speed up their recovery and make them comfortable.
While they may not feel like it, you should do what you can to encourage your child to exercise at least a little if your doctor give your child the ok. While the exercise shouldn’t be anything too strenuous, having them help you do some minimal movement or activities around the house might be enough to get their heart pumping. WebMD advises light exercise if your child doesn’t have a fever. The key is to avoid raising the body temperature too high.
For an ill child, nothing is worse than being forced to stay in bed and rest (a.k.a. be bored if you’re normally an energetic kid). You can help them by giving them things to distract them. Schoolwork likely isn’t the best choice here. Instead, distract them with activities that they like doing. Coloring, playing video games, reading—all of these are activities that you can help them do in their bed while they rest and recover. They’ll be occupied and less focused on their discomfort.
While you can certainly cook them some comfort food to make their body marginally happier, you should also do what you can to sneak in some good stuff, too. Veggies and healthy foods can do a lot for a body in need of some help. Hot and healthy meals and vegetables will be the best thing that you can cook for them when they’re sick.
Another key aspect of their health to watch is their temperature. Especially for younger children, it’s extremely important to bring them to the doctor if their temperature spikes quite high. Check them regularly to make sure their fever isn’t reaching dangerous levels. A dangerous temperature can indicate a dangerous illness and should not be ignored.
As any responsible parent would, you likely took your child to the doctor if the illness was sudden, unusual, or severe. Depending on the illness that they’re suffering, you could have been given a prescription medication to help alleviate your child’s symptoms or treat the illness itself. You should make sure that they receive the correct amount at the times they’re supposed to.
Being ill and possibly too young to understand, they may not be able to keep track of when they took their medication last. But, thankfully, you can. Be sure to follow your doctor’s and pharmacist’s instructions to the letter to ensure the medication is as effective as possible. Additionally, you’ll want to talk to your doctor about the method of delivery. For example, some children can’t or won’t swallow pills. Be sure to get a prescription for something that your child will take with little to no trouble—hopefully.
Finally, you should make sure your child drinks plenty of fluids. Hydration is very important when a person is fighting an illness. However, make sure they don’t drink too much. Too much of a good thing can turn into a bad thing and upset little tummies quickly.
Being ill can be a terrible experience, especially when you’re young. These six methods can help improve their health quickly.