#VicksTricks Helping your children feel better when they’re poorly

Britmums have challenged bloggers to take part in the #VicksTricks Campaign. I received a little goody pack including a bedtime book, finger puppets, magic tricks videos and Vicks First Defence nasal spray. Here are our little tricks for helping our children feel better when they’re poorly.

How to make your children feel better when they are unwell

My children have not been too ill in their little lives. Both had chickenpox over the Christmas break, so we missed quite a bit of festive fun due to being housebound while first one child then the next turned spotty and itchy. Of course they’ve also had the odd cold, and feeling a bit under the weather.

Vicks carried out some research to see how people help their children feel better when they’re ill

  • Over half (52%) of parents said that rest was the most important thing for making children feel better
  • I totally agree; I think the best thing you can do when you’re feeling poorly is rest. Have a good sleep and your body heals itself.
    And when it comes to keeping children entertained:

  • Three out of four (75%) British parents put on the TV or a DVD
  • Over a quarter (27%) read to their children
  • 1 in 10 parents get really creative; either telling jokes (8%) or even do magic tricks (2%)
  • We have short bursts of TV, LEGO, puzzles, iPad, and reading to keep the child entertained but not overtire him between resting.

  • More than a third of parents (36%) believe in the power of TLC
  • My boys each have their favourite cuddly toys which they’re never far from, and they both love their very soft blankets that I made. James and Noah love to snuggle on the sofa under their blankets together. Of course nothing beats a snuggle with mummy or daddy!

  • This was followed by ‘medicine’, which 40% of parents rely on
  • I do give my boys medicine when they’re ill. It’s a massive debate when you’ve a baby on the parenting forums, as to whether or not you should give your child Calpol. I talked to a doctor about it when James was quite little, and he said you should bear in mind two things: firstly, that pain relief is a cumulative effect, so if you’re going to give medicine then keep giving it until it’s not needed; and secondly to remember to seek medical advice if you’ve been giving it for a couple of days and they’re not seeming to get any better. Our surgery offers a telephone consultation which is perfect for this type of advice.
    When they start to feel a bit better we go down to the coast for a blast of sea air, which always blows the cobwebs away and refreshes the soul.

    A big part of avoiding falling ill in the first place is regular handwashing. Also, Vicks have created a First Defence for stopping colds dead in their tracks, and I’d love to tell you what it’s like and if it works but unfortunately the bottle they sent me for the purposes of this post I lost the instant I took it out of the package. It was there one minute, and gone completely the next.

    Nobody is ill at the moment, but we’ve been having fun, reading the book, playing with the puppets and watching the magic tricks videos. James absolutely loves magic at the moment. He makes up magic tricks, so this video has gone down a treat as it has inspired him to try more.
    I’d love to hear what tricks you have up your sleeve to make your children feel better when they are unwell.
    This post is an entry for the #VicksTricks campaign

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    2 Comments

    1. February 15, 2017 / 2:25 am

      I was a sickly child and Vick’s was a great relief.

    2. February 17, 2017 / 9:13 pm

      Great reminder of importance of hand washing. Commenting for myself and on behalf of BritMums and thanking you for taking part

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