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'A lot of TLC': 9 ways to help your sick child feel a lot better

As a mum, there is nothing worse than seeing your child with a nasty head cold or flu.

And while time and rest are the best medicines, there are plenty of things you can do to help your little one feel a lot better in the meantime.

1. Tuck them up nice and tight under a fluffy blanket 

Whether in their bed or on the couch in front of the telly, wrapping them up snug as a bug will keep them warm and cosy. It will also give them that sense of security and being cuddled (ideal ’cause all they really want is hugs when they’re under the weather).

2. Ice cream is always a good idea when you have a sore throat

A sore throat is a right aul pain in the bum: it’s uncomfortable, painful and can really affect what you can and can’t eat. So, not only will ice cream help with the rawness, it also means your child won’t be going around with an empty tummy all day.

3. Free reign of the TV 

Let your child lose themselves in front of their favourite shows – it’s only for one day and it’ll take their mind off their aches and pains. It will also free up some time for you – sick kids can get very clingy when their mind is not occupied.

4. Soothe any pain with an over-the-counter medicine

Pop into your chemist as soon as your little one starts to become unwell, and pick up an over-the-counter medicine. The most commonly used are paracetamol and ibuprofen. If you need to reduce fever try Easofen for Children Strawberry oral suspension.

5. Give them plenty of fluids

Make sure your little one is drinking plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration, which will only make them feel worse. Water, juice or 7Up are all good options, but if your sick child is struggling to drink anything, an ice lolly will also do.

6. Put on the humidifier

If you have a humidifier in your home, now is a really good time to put it to work! A cold-mist one will keep the air moist and ease up any congestion that your little one is suffering from. If you don’t have one, create a steam room in your bathroom by running a hot shower with the door closed. All you have to do is sit with your child in the room and let them breathe in the moisture to help clear up their nose.

7. Have a duvet day with Mum 

The only thing your child really wants when they’re not feeling the best is you! So reschedule your day (if you can) and literally spend a few hours cuddling with your little one on the couch. Rub their head and hold them close and they’ll no doubt feel a little better.

8. Keep the room as quiet as possible

If you can, try to put your child in a room that no one else will be going in and out of. Sleep is important in helping your child recover but noise and strong lights can aggravate and frustrate them, making it difficult to nod off.

9. Give them a bath 

When your child is over the worst of it, giving them a nice warm bath will help warm them up and wash away any grogginess. Fill it up with bubbles and let them relax into the water.

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