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Ideas to Cheer Up a Sick Kid

Updated on April 28, 2015

Ideas to Cheer Up a Sick Kid - Introduction

Your child is feeling poorly.

They are grouchy, irritable and bored.

You are just about ready to tear your hair out.

Then you come across this Squidoo lens that gives you plenty of ideas on how to cheer up your sick kid.

It gives you ideas on what activities to play with your kids, what to feed them, what to treat them with and how to cheer them up.

Problem solved!

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How To Treat your Kid When They Are Sick

It is a stressful time when your kid is sick, both for you and them. The child gets irritable, bored and you as the parent find it very easy to reach your wits end, trying to keep your sick child happy. Here are some ways that you can treat your child and keep them happy (and you) when they are sick.

Let's get the fluid intake and nutrition as recommended by the doctor out the way first.

To make drinking fun when your child doesn't feel like drinking, you can create food colored ice cubes (blue and yellow ones) and pop them into their drinks so your child can watch them go green. A crazy straw always works a treat too. Also it doesn't take much persuasion to get your child to 'eat' popsicles and slushies.

When encouraging your child to eat when they are not feeling well, create little bite sized nibbles like grapes, carrot sticks, cheese cubes and apple slices. A variety of things will entice your child to eat at least something, and as it is bite sized it will seem less daunting to a not particularly hungry child.

A good selection of toys, activity books, DVDs, or video games will also help make sure that your child is entertained enough throughout their illness. A kids activity basket or movie gift baskets certainly are great choices here.

Laughter is the Best Medicine Part 1 - You can't go wrong with funny animals ...

How to Make a Get Well Gift Basket For Your Child

There are plenty of get well gift baskets on the market, but if you have the time you could create an ultra personalized one for your child to cheer them up and make them smile.

This section is going to go over some gifts that you might want to put into this get well gift basket. Any kind of container will do for the basket. Also any of these gifts would be good stand-alone gifts too.

You'll want to include things that will cheer them up, but not upset their tummy. You could make some home made soup to include along with crackers, organic fruit, fruit snacks and cookies.

To cheer the child up, you could create a theme of smiley faces on the gift basket and include a joke book in there. Laughter is the best medicine they say.

Books and activity books make great gifts to put into the gift basket. Of course, all this does depends on the age of the child, but coloring and reading to a child can be done from an early age. Don't forget the crayons if you go for this option.

Playdoh and clay make great activities for a sick child. Check out my featured lenses below for homemade play dough recipes. Some masterpieces can be created. It's a great way to spend some quality time together.

There are plenty of children's movies on DVD that you include in the gift basket. Or maybe a tabletop game like chess, mini monopoly or scrabble that you can play with your child while they are ill.

And don't forget the cuddly toy - an essential friend in the recovery process.

Laughter is the Best Medicine Part 2 - More funny animals - smiles guaranteed.

Flickr Photo Credit - Pioneer Library System
Flickr Photo Credit - Pioneer Library System

Cheering Up a Sick Kid - Bringing Outdoors Indoors

When a child is sick, no matter how much they want to, they should not go outside during spring, summer, fall or winter. This is itself it likely to make the poor kid grouchy, so one novel idea is to bring the season indoors to the child.

So if it is Spring, it is the time of baby lambs and bunnies coming into the world, so you could get your child cuddly toys of baby animals. Also the birds start singing, so you could buy your child a CD of birdsongs to make sure they are not missing out on anything.

In the Summer you can give your sick child popsicles and slushies to both help them feel like they are not missing out on the hot weather, and also make sure that they get much needed water to keep them hydrated and get better sooner. Also you can bring in flowers to cheer up their room.

In the Fall, there are all sorts of craft activities that you can do with the multicolored leaves and seeds from trees and it's easy to recreate what it looks like outside inside! You could make picture and placemats out of these leaves, or even press them until they become skeleton leaves.

In Winter, and if your child is missing out on snow, there are several things that you can do to bring the season to them, like making snowflakes out of paper, making an igloo out of cushions, or bringing some snow into the house so a mini snowman can be built in the bath or sink.

With a little imagination, your little one will not feel like they are missing out on anything after all.

Flickr Photo Credit: Juddejah
Flickr Photo Credit: Juddejah

Tips to Keep your Child Happy When They are Sick

Here are some additional tips on looking after an ill child.

Try to let your child sleep as much as possible, particularly if the illness is viral. Resting and sleeping will often help a child recover more quickly (and give you some respite)!Let them sleep or rest wherever they would like to in the house with favorite blanket and toy. Your child may prefer the couch or somewhere near you so they can feel comforted in their illness.Let your child stay in their pajamas all day, and as we said they need to rest, so pick out some DVDs for a movie marathon and cuddle up with your child on the couch.A relaxing bath is also a good soothing activity for a poorly child, so draw a bath fill it full of bubbles and your child favorite bath toys and let them splash around for a bit.Coloring is a very calming activity both for you and your child. So make sure that you have some crayons and coloring books on hand, that you can both get stuck into and stick your tongues out in silent concentration!Another good activity is playing with playdoh. Making and molding things out of playdoh is both therapeutic and you could create something together that you can put on display, or maybe even create doctor's tools like stethoscopes and thermometers.Don't let your child see that you are stressed or worried about their illness, as they will pick up on this, just be your usual caring self and maybe spoil them a little with gift to make them smile.

Flickr Photo Credit  -  coffeehistorian
Flickr Photo Credit - coffeehistorian

Ideas to Cheer Up a Sick Kid - Conclusion

Children grow up so fast as it is, so when they are ill why not take some special time together and create lasting memories, instead of getting stressed.

Hope you got some ideas on how to pass the time while your child is ill, make them more comfortable and bring a smile to their face!

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    • athomemomblog profile image

      Genesis Davies 

      6 years ago from Guatemala

      My oldest son has been very ill, had surgeries, etc. so when my kids get a cold or something, we tend not to be too worried. However, I do pamper them and let them sleep with me until they are better.

    • seashell2 profile image


      6 years ago

      Awesome ideas, thanks for sharing! :-)

    • waldenthreenet profile image


      6 years ago

      valuable topic . Thanks. Congrad on your 100 Lenses. You got there before I did. Just today for me. Hope our path crosses again soon. Thanks.

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      7 years ago

      I've had to deal with a nsick kid or two, well actually four. Its not fun.

    • squid-pinkchic18 profile image


      7 years ago

      These are great ideas. My mom used to move a little TV with built-in VHS into my room whenever i was sick and let me watch my favorite movies. That always cheered me up!

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      7 years ago

      this was very helpfull, my little four year old is smothering from the flu and i have plenty to keep him entertainrd.. thank you x

    • DallasNicole LM profile image

      DallasNicole LM 

      7 years ago

      Great Ideas especially the gift basket. The only problem with this is that my son is already soooo spoiled! LOL.. This will just make things worst

    • KarenTBTEN profile image


      8 years ago

      I saw it on Crabbysbeach, too. Yes you have a lot of great ideas. I think a child would feel quite special getting a cheer up basket.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I read luvmyludwig's post on CrabbysBeach and came right here to see for myself. Yep, she was right. This is great!

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      luvmyludwig lm 

      8 years ago

      This is a really great lens. I love the ice cube tip! I spotlighted this lens over at my crabbysbeach blog

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      9 years ago

      What a sweet and useful lens. Not having to go to school always cheered me up whe I got sick.

    • thrivingwithill profile image


      9 years ago

      Great ideas! I am the author "Beyond Casseroles: 505 Ways to Encourage a Chronically Ill Friend" and am now working on a kids version. Keep up he great work! If you know anyone who deals with chronic illness i hope you will join us in September for National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week. We have a lens here at Blessings, Lisa


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