There’s no feeling of helplessness like when your babies are poorly, the slightest sniffle and we worry ourselves sick over them, well, I know I do! I should be used to having an unwell child as Theo catches everything going on top of his allergies, eczema and asthma but it never gets any easier to see them vulnerable.
Family Psychologist Corinne Sweet highlights that “one of the most powerful antidotes to sickness developing further, is parental care and concern.”
Half term has just begun here and as I predicted, the lurgy has hit. Between snotty noses, persistent coughing and lots of cuddles I’ve been practicing my fail proof methods for cheering my mini me’s up which involves lots of movies, reading books, vitamin packed smoothies and snuggling under blankets. It’s even better at this time of year when we can close the curtains and hide from the horrible weather, I’m not alone in my methods either as Vicks consumer research found that –
I always rub Vicks Vaporub* into the soles of the children’s feet when they can’t stop coughing, I pop some warm socks over the top before bed and it really helps to ease their symptoms – it’s not what it says on the tin but it sure works!
Of course an entire day of watching TV doesn’t do anybody any favor’s, so I like to do a little arts and crafts with them and usually, if they are poorly, they get two bedtime stories instead of one! We love Supertato and Superworm at the minute.
Vicks have some great ideas for keeping your children entertained whilst they are poorly on their YouTube channel, my favourite is the sliced banana trick, see below!
Vicks consumer research found that –
• Over half (52%) of parents said that rest was the most important thing for making children feel better
• This was followed by ‘medicine’, which 40% of parents rely on
• More than a third of parents (36%) believe in the power of TLC
So next time the germs hit your household, remember that just a few important medicines and lots of love is all that is required.
* VapoRub is for the relief of nasal congestion, catarrh, sore throat and cough due to colds. For children aged 2 years and over. Always read the label.
**Vicks First Defence is a medical Device. Always read the label.
This post is an entry for the #VicksTricks campaign with Britmums.