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Dad's Guide to Sick Kids

Updated on May 14, 2015

Sick kid? Try this...

**Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. I'm just a dad. And I'm not an expert at that either.**

When you have a perpetually sick kid, you learn a few things here and there to combat the sickness and ease your little one's suffering.

  1. Be ready with meds...Motrin, Tylenol...whatever your kid's drug of choice...have it ready. This will combat the fever.
  2. Thermometer for all the temperature taking novices. If you experience enough fevers, the back of your hand or your cheek becomes quite an accurate measure of heat.
  3. Liquids. Juice or water probably work best. Unfortunately, our little girl loves her milk...even with a fever. Yuck!
  4. Easy to tolerate foods. HG loves graham crackers, applesauce, yogurt and pastina. Don't try out that new recipe for your little foodie when she's sick.
  5. Have your kids favorite things on hand....Ipad, Elmo videos, favorite toys, their lovey.
  6. Brew some coffee for yourself. You may wake throughout the night or get up extra early. When your kid is sick, they have no concept of time or your need for sleep.
  7. Have some sort of craft ready. If your little ball of sickness is up for it, let her do a craft to get her mind off of her sickness.
  8. A flowing stream of tissues. All out of tissues? Try toilet paper. You're going to want to splurge on the good toilet paper for that germ infested little nose. Save the sandpaper for your derriere.
  9. Cuddle time. Bonus if you can get a giggle out of your crab.

I'm not blazing any new trails here. I'm just using some techniques that have helped us in the past. I'm sure there are other methods out there...and I'd love to hear them.

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