A Mother’s Touch is Everything

I’d been planning to write about my favorite ways to soothe sick kiddos, I just didn’t expect one of mine to actually be sick during the process. My sweet little Kara is dealing with a cold and cough this week. February was a beast for our whole family on the health and wellness front! It breaks my heart to see her not feeling well, and while I know that I can’t wave a magic wand to fix it, I can use my secret weapon—a mother’s touch—to help her feel better. Some special mommy-time and attention, along with a few of my favorite products and tips, can really go a long way.

How to Soothe Sick Kiddos

I’m so certain that a mother’s touch can do wonders because I can vividly recall my own mom helping me through childhood illnesses. In fact, my first line of defense against childhood coughs is a product my mother and grandma always turned to. I remember my mom applying Vicks® VapoRub™ to my chest when I was little and how soothing it felt to feel her comforting hands on me. That familiar scent transports me back into my mother’s arms whenever I smell it, even today.

How to Soothe Sick Kiddos

I love Vicks® VapoRub™ because the vapors last up to 8 hours. There really isn’t anything else that you can give your kids for a cough that is going to help the situation all throughout the night like this product does.

How to Soothe Sick Kiddos

Vicks® VapoRub™ is great because it offers safe application and cough quieting for easier breathing. Kara loves when I apply Vicks® VapoRub™ to her back. I mean, come on, getting a bonus back massage from Mom when you’re not feeling well is always a good thing. It gives me an opportunity to slow down and give my sick child the loving attention that she craves, especially when she’s feeling down. Kara actually asks for her evening application when she’s sick with a cough. She says it makes her feel cozy, and that just warms my heart.

How to Soothe Sick Kiddos

Another tip taken from my mom’s handbook is homemade chicken noodle soup. Sure, you can crack open a can of chicken soup if you’re in a pinch (and don’t get me wrong, I’ve done it plenty of times), but homemade chicken soup is a great immune booster for the whole family. I just cook two chicken breasts along with 8 cups of chicken stock, 3 cloves of garlic minced, one onion diced, 3 carrots diced and 3 stalks of celery diced with a little dried thyme, rosemary and a couple bay leaves. Cook in your slow cooker on low for 6-7 hours then shred chicken and add some egg noodles. Let the noodles cook for another 40 minutes and finish with a little fresh lemon juice and fresh parsley. It makes the whole house smell amazing throughout the day and it’s the perfect comfort food to heal sick kiddos. Save leftovers and enjoy it for several days.

How to Soothe Sick Kiddos

Getting plenty of fluids is also so important for kids when they are sick. I find that adding ice to a fun cup and adding a straw can sometimes make the fluids go down easier. And don’t forget the hot cocoa with marshmallows on top. It’s a great sore-throat soother.

How to Soothe Sick Kiddos

Finally, it’s really all about making your sick child comfortable. I always look for the softest, coziest blankets and pillows to create a cozy little nest on the sofa for my kids. There’s something about being on the couch with a favorite cartoon on that always seems to speed up recovery! A big part of making them comfortable is helping them know that you’re there for them. Administer plenty of hugs and snuggles and remind them that you’ve been sick like this before, too. Soon enough, you’ll see smiles like this again and your mom-heart will grow three sizes!

How to Soothe Sick Kiddos

Do you follow any tried-and-true tips from your parents when it comes to soothing sick kids? I’d love to hear if your mom had any special tricks to make you smile when you were sick!

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