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When children are ill it can be so draining and sad for both you and them too, especially if its lovely sunny weather outside. They need even more attention and support. They need medicine and drinks delivered to their beds. They need special, soft foods and snacks. And other children in the family unit often start misbehaving because all the attention seems to be on the sick child - which is exactly what you don't want.
Here are a few tips to help get through the longs days of a child's illness.
- Read books in bed or on the sofa.
- Have lots of cuddles and rock them slightly to comfort them.
- Look through old photos.
- Tell stories of when you were a child.
- Encourage short naps even if they don't want to which will give you a little time to do jobs that need doing. And, you may find they actually go to sleep!
- Try playing dip the ball. Take some cotton wool balls, scrunched up newspaper or anything to hand and throw them into a linen basket or bin. You could even try it with small teddies if the teddies are brave enough!
- Don't forget to eat and drink properly yourself to avoid getting ill yourself. And, accept offers of help... even if its just someone to babysit while you do other things.
- Take a gentle, warm bubbly bath to ease their aches. This can be done any time of day not just at night.
- Do puzzles together. You could even try to have a tray on their bed and they could do the puzzle while sitting up in bed.
- If you have another sibling you could dress them up in a nurses or doctor's uniform and announce they are going to help look after the patient. Give them a doctor's set and encourage them to do some tests. This may entertain the poorly child as well as the healthy one!
- Hand over a tambourine to the sick child and say they can jingle it when they need anything... get your other sibling to answer this call to save your legs.