Being a mummy is hard work at the best of time let alone at the worst, and there is nothing quite as bad as when your little ones are poorly. The feelings of helplessness and the isolation that comes with being stuck indoors can be really demotivating but how about turning it around and making it into your mission to keep the little ones entertained.
I have been challenged by Britmums and Vicks to show a couple of our solutions to perking up those poorly little ones! 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 and 1 in 10 parents get really creative; either telling jokes (8%) or even do magic tricks (2%)
Everyone loves cuddles when they are sick and no one more so than Amelia, she is such a cuddly girl and loves watching a movie or having stories read to her while sitting on my knee. We were sent a fabulous book that claims to help children fall to sleep, The Rabbit Who Want To Fall Asleep is all about Roger who cant fall asleep so mummy takes him to see Uncle Yawn who knows just what to do. We loved making silly voices and acting out the book with the finger puppets and even making up our own stories too – Amelia is just starting to put sentences together so it was funny to listen to what the reindeer got up to – lets just say I wouldn’t want to be down wind of him in a hurry! lol
Bathtime is always fun with little ones and having things to play with in the bath keeps them distracted long enough to get rid of the sweats and a sink full of hot water in the bathroom with a little Vicks in helps clear sinuses too while they play! Top tip as we have been doing this since I was little!
Another thing we do is try to do is keep fluids topped up, high temperatures mean that liquids are essential and although they may not feel like drinking I haven’t met a child yet that will say no to an ice lolly – homemade ones filled with fruit are even better!
I like to think that medicine is one of the best medicines too and we love to make the little ones at least crack a smile when poorly, whether it be just being silly, making funny faces or dancing around! Vicks have come up with some simple tricks that would make any little one smile and I personally love this one to make a picture come to life! So easy to do and you only need a sheet of paper, some pens and double sided tape! Simple! Pop over to their Youtube channel to see more #VicksTricks!
Findings have shown that over half (52%) of parents said that rest was the most important thing for making children feel better, this was followed by ‘medicine’, which 40% of parents rely on and finally more than a third of parents (36%) believe in the power of TLC. The medicine aspect we rely on regularly for a bout of the sniffles is good old childrens paracetamol and *Vicks Vapour Rub which helps relieve congestion, sore throat and coughs due to colds. Heck I even use it myself, I am a firm believer in the old ‘pop a light layer on the bottom of your feet and slip on a pair of socks before bed’ – I don’t know why it works I just know it does and that is good enough for me!
With the kids starting half term holidays I am sure we will be struck down with more bugs once they get back to school – always the case but at least with this handy list of things to keep them occupied and perky things will be fine!
* VapoRub is for the relief of nasal congestion, catarrh, sore throat and cough due to colds. For children aged 2 years and over. Always read the label.
Vicks have been used for over 100 years in the treatment of coughs and colds, Vicks was created in the United States in the 1890’s by a pharmacist called Lunsford Richardson. Since then, Vicks has helped millions of consumers with their cold and flu symptoms across the 5 continents. Its expertise has made it the number 1 Selling Cough and Cold brand in the world.
This post is an entry for the #VicksTricks campaign