What You Should Know About
Child Health And Toddler Sickness

It is so important to promote good child health. We as parents want our toddlers to be healthy and free from sickness. That may not be the case all the time. I know that other Moms can relate to being up all night with a sick toddler. Fever, toddler vomiting and diarrhea are not only unpleasant for your toddler, but their caretakers as well.

I would like to think that we could prevent our children from getting sick. That is unrealistic and although you can prevent some illnesses, by having your toddler on a good vitamin, flu shots…etc. It is important to be prepared for sickness and keep good child health a concern. We just never want our children to be ill, or require surgery. I know that I hate it when my son is sick, it breaks my heart.

Having said all of that, I would like to give some tips and advice on what I feel should be your “survival kit” of sorts. You should keep these items on hand just in case you need them, especially in the middle of the night. Let’s hope that you don’t need them, but you just may and you’d rather be prepared.

The Ultimate Sickness Survival Kit

In The Medicine Chest……….

  • Pain and Fever Relievers:

    Stock both children's acetaminophen and ibuprofen, or the infant formulas of each. Remember to consult your pediatrician for proper dosing information. These are so useful for child health.

  • Cortisone Cream:

    For those itchy toddler skin rash episodes, age appropriate

  • ** NOTE: Have doctor approved instructions pertaining to these medications at all times!

  • Anthistamine:
  • Such as children's Benadryl Liquid. For toddler allergies or allergic reactions such as toddler food allergies. Important to keep on hand just in case you do need it.

  • ** NOTE: Have doctor approved instructions pertaining to these medications at all times!

  • Saline nose drops or spray:

    These are great to help with immediate relief for a stuffy nose. Both will moisten the membranes and loosen the secretions, making it easier for your child to either blow their nose on their own, or else help from a bulb syringe.

  • Nasal Aspirator:

    This is necessary for babies. It is a bulb syringe that will help parents suck out all of the nasty junk in their little noses.

  • Medicine Dropper:

    There are many types of these. You can purchase these age appropriate. You get an accurate measure and it is easier to dispense medicines using a dropper.

  • Petroleum Jelly:

    When taking a rectal temperature you will need to have this on hand.

  • Digital Thermometer:

    Talk it over with your pediatrician which method will be the best for taking your child’s temperature. The new ear thermometers are fantastic!!! They are also easier on your child.

In the Kitchen……….

  • Canned Peaches and Pears:

    These are a different resource in case of a vomiting episode. If they can keep anything on their stomach, these fruits are beneficial for that.

  • Popsicles:

    Popsicles are my best friend when my toddler is sick. In child health you want to keep these on hand. Great for sore throats, fevers and so much more!

  • Flat Cola or Ginger Ale:

    This will sometimes help settle a stomach, especially when vomiting occurs. Did you know that ginger naturally will settle an upset stomach? This was a must have for me when I was going through the morning sickness phase.

  • Pedialyte, either the juice or the popsicles:

    My pediatrician has always told me to keep this on hand. My son would drink this when he was battling with diarrhea. It would help restore nutrients lost during illness.

In Their Bedroom………

  • Cool Mist Humidifier

    This is truly a must have. You are going to need this on so many occasions. I suggest you purchase one when your child is a newborn. It helps open airways when they are experiencing coughs and stuffy noses. These are great for asthma in toddlers and allergies also.

Special Note:

Another important factor in child health is to remember to be careful about these over the counter cold and flu medicines. You may be tempted to offer your toddler a decongestant… DON’T. They are no longer recommended for kids under the age of 2, and some doctors advise against giving them to older children. There is no evidence that they work and some can actually cause harm.

This is a must have survival kit for parents with toddlers. Always keep in mind that in child health, always consult your pediatrician with questions concerning illness, toddler nail biting and medicines. Even over the counter medicines. Just because you can purchase them at the drug store, does not mean you should buy them or give them to your toddler.

* I am not a Doctor or Licensed Professional in the medical field of child health. I am a stay at home Mom passing on tips, advice and information that are based on my opinions. Always remember to consult your pediatrician with serious questions concerning your child and their health and medications.*

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