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Almost Wordless Wednesday: Caring For A Sick Toddler



I'm back again with my Almost Wordless Wednesday. We skipped last week and almost skipped this week again but mommy and I wanted to give a few tips since I was sick over the weekend. Yes I had a temperature of 103.1 degrees F and a very nasty cold. Thank goodness for Boogie Wipes.



Signs and symptoms: There are a few things that you need to be on the lookout for. A very high fever is one of them. If your baby is under 3 months old and has a temperature of 100.4 degrees F or higher call your doctor immediately. Between 3 and 6 months a temperature of 101 degrees F and older than 6 months a temperature of 103 degrees F or higher. Keep a thermometer on hand. Mommy uses one that's in ear but there are the forehead scanners as well. The most accurate reading though is in the bum but can be a pain to do since babies tend to squirm around a lot.

My temperature over the weekend. 103.1
You may also notice that your little one is sleeping more than usual, has a loss of appetite, coughs, is unusually fussy and might even have diarrhea and vomiting. Your baby may also be pale and flushed and may even have difficulty breathing. I sure was. I started off having a hard time breathing then my nose became so runny I was always wiping.

I was not my usual self and was asleep more than usual
There are a few things that you may want to keep on hand at all times. As most of you know by now my mommy is a Medic in the US Army so she always keeps a few things on hand for me so there is no need for me to go rushing to the ER. One thing that is always kept in our medicine cabinet is Children/Infant Tylenol (Acetaminophen) and Children/Infant Motrin (Ibuprofen). They can be given together but not at the same time. Ibuprofen is stronger than Acetaminophen and is recommended to be given every 6hrs while you can give Acetaminophen every 4hrs. It should be given according to baby's weight and always follow your doctor's directions. Never overdose, EVER!

Children's Tylenol and Children's Motrin (Ibuprofen)
Keep baby cool and if possible give a cool not cold, hot or warm bath to keep baby's temperature under control. Mommy uses a Lavender baby wash for me which not only smells good but is really good when I have a cold. There are lots of Lavender products out there on the market but mommy and I prefer using natural products so we use Babo Botanicals. 



Well what do you do about the runny nose and the congestion? It's a great idea to have a humidifier or vaporizer in your toddler/child's room which would help to prevent the mucus from drying out. Mommy also uses these homeopathic cold tablets which tastes really good as well and they seem to work for us. Might not work for you but it does for me. She also uses Vicky Baby Rub which helps with my congestion as well.




Don't forget to keep baby hydrated whether it's with water, Pedialyte or even their favorite juice. Encourage baby to drink.

It's flu season and its recommended that you get your baby vaccinated with the flu shot. It's actually recommended for babies ages 6 months and up and I've gotten it last year will once again get it again this year. This is again a choice for you since some moms decide not to vaccinate their children but mommy does. 

Once again these methods may not work for you. If you think that something is terribly wrong with your little one call your doctor. After all you are with your little one on a daily basis and will recognize when something isn't right. 

So question time. What do you do for your little one when they are sick? What tried and true methods work for you?



Annmarie John
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  1. Just what I needed. Most of us, including me is getting sick at home and I hope that Baby K won't catch the cold too but if she ever does, I'll use your tips. Hope you get well soon. xox

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  2. Thank you for sharing this. With my oldest being 4 years old and going to pre-school last year for the first time, we finally had the worst sickness from her that she ever had with RSV pneumonia and got a crash course in so much of this, but your tips are truly spot on and very helpful indeed.

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  3. Oh, I hope your OK now Madison.
    Mommy sure knows how to make you feel better. Thanks for sharing these helpful tips.

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  4. Oh, I hope your OK now Madison.
    Mommy sure knows how to make you feel better. Thanks for sharing these helpful tips.

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  5. Thanks for all of the great tips. I keep tylenol and vicks on hand. I hope you feel better soon

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  6. I hate when my kids are sick. I always keep vicks on hand for my boys.

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  7. Ack! This totally reminded me to put flu shots on my to-do list. Thanks!

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  8. I do about the same things you do. I hate it when the little ones are sick. I feel miserable with them!

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  9. These are some great tips to have on hand. I know when your child gets sick it can be overwhelming. I would suggest printing out this post and putting it in the medicine box for those times!

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  10. When my kid was a baby, breastfeeding always helped. When he got older he wanted a bath (like mother, like son) and herbal tea. Also, a teaspoon of honey works as a cough suppressant in older children. Never give honey to babyies as their immune system can't handle it.

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  11. Aw, poor girl :( That's no fun for anyone. Hope you are feeling lots lots better. The best tip I ever got was when Brady had croup or some other illness that had him coughing a lot (he was later diagnosed with asthma and has inhaler/nebulizer if it gets too bad). We would, even in the middle of the night if necessary, close ourselves off in the bathroom, sit on the toilet seat with him on my lap and run the shower on full blast full hot. The steam would fill the room and we'd sit there for about 10 minutes. He never fussed, seemed to think it was interesting. And it always helped his cough.

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    1. Steph, we still do that even though P is in second grade. I stick him in the shower for a nice long steam and I do the same when my sinuses start to feel full.

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    2. Great post! It is always so scary when your child is sick, especially when the fever's that high. Not knowing whether to call the pediatrician, I always erred on the side of caution and called too much, but it was my baby and better safe than sorry! The name "Boogie Wipes"makes me smile. I could have used by the gross (no pun intended) when my youngest was little!

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  12. Thanks for sharing. My kids get sick every year & it's so hard for us because once one person gets sick everybody gets sick! It takes weeks to get rid of it. I also use boogie wipes lol! I love them. I carry them in my purse. Well I hope she is feeling better!

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  13. Great post :) and just found your blog and love it, now following!

    Sarah
    Http://naturalmommainme,blogspot.co.uk

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  14. Many of these apply to older kids as well. Nice list of tips!

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  15. I love your list. Thank you or sharing. We rarely take antibiotics, especially this 5 years. Our first aid kit is 4Life Transfer Factor, immune messenger. When they get fever or any "inside" sickness, I use to give them TF and some paracetamol (for fever).

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  16. Lots of great tips for when I am babysitting our Grandkids!! Thanks

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  17. I found out recently that you can give both Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen. I never really know which one to reach for. Sickness season is coming. She's so lucky to have such a caring (and knowledgeable) mama!

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  18. Aww poor baby! I hope you feel better soon!

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  19. You and mommy have had a rough couple of weeks with not feeling well. Hope you are both up and at 'em and feeling better soon! :)

    ~Lorelai
    Life With Lorelai

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  20. Too bad! I keep Vicks handy and chicken noodle soup.

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  21. I hope you're feeling better now! I give my boys Popsicle. It cools them off, soothes a sore throat and gets some liquid in them.

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  22. I hate when my little ones get sick :( I hope everyone is feeling better, great tips!

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  23. We are experiencing cold-like symptoms here too. Whats been so strange is it being difficult (without fever) decipher between colds, allergies, and sinus infections. I feel so helpless when my kids get sick. Get well soon!

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  24. If you put the vicks vapor rub on the bottoms of your feet then cover with socks it will help with congestion and breathing. It works for reals! I do this for my kids at night before bed, but I'm sure you can do it during the day as well. I hope Madison is feeling better!

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  25. Oy, I hate when the kids get sick. My boys just started back at school yesterday, so I'm expecting them to be sick by next week.

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  26. Oh, I don't like when the little ones get sick :( Great tips, though! Madison, I hope you're feeling better!

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  27. This is such great timing. My son gets sick during the school year several times. I don't know if it's winter weather, other kids, or what...but hopefully he'll skip that mess this year!

    Keeping they hydrated is very important when they're sick, even if they're not up for it. I'll give my little one a fun bottle and swirly straw if he doesn't want to drink. Works every time (knock on wood).

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  28. We are big flu shot fans we all get them..With Emma starting preschool i am expecting a lot colds this year..ugh. there is nothing better for a scik kid than to take a cuddle nap with mommy

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  29. Awwww - poor little thing.

    We do Vicks on the feet with socks on top. Also, once my kiddos were over two-years-old, I would give them a daily dose of:
    1/2 Tbsp honey mixed with 1/4 tsp cinnamon.
    I swear it boosts the immune system. We take it daily from Sept to April.

    I double it if they actually get sick.
    xoxo

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  30. Awww... feel better little one. I use those same products on my little one when he is not feeling well.

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