Friday, October 8, 2010

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As moms, at one point or another our children will get sick. Whether it be an ear infection, a fever, the flu or a cold, the day will come. And I think it's safe to say that we all dread those days! When you are dealing with a young child - no make that a sick young child, it can be hard to come up with things that will make them happy, help them feel better and keep them somewhat entertained.

I've been super lucky with Brayden. Not only is he a very happy go lucky little boy, but he hasn't been sick very often. But when he is, boy or boy...you KNOW he doesn't feel well! And the things that normally make him happy or entertain him just don't work anymore.
One of the things that I've found is the hardest to do with a sick baby is to get them to drink and stay hydrated. Recently, I learned a little trick that works great for Brayden. I take him to the ice maker and let him put ice in his sippy. Being involved makes him that much more eager to drink it down so that we can go fill it up again!

Another thing I've learned about a sick Mr. B is that he loves to be held when he's under the weather. I've found a few kid audio books that I can hold and he can turn the pages on and he loves that. He feels involved and like he's doing something but he's still comfortable and where he wants to be - with me!


But most of all, Brayden's very favorite activity when he's not feeling well is playing the bath. He absolutely loves it when he's sick. I get out all of his little floaty toys and water shooters and let him go to town. We wait to get his head wet until the very end so that he's not sitting there getting cold. He has a ball playing and the warm water always seems to make him feel better.


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313 comments:

  1. Lauren is a cuddle bug when she doesn't feel well. She loves baths and she actually loves medicine, believe it or not. Nothing beats cuddling with my sweet girl though when she doesn't feel well.

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  2. Jaden has a CONSTANT ear infection. I can pretty much tell when he doesn't feel good because he is super clingy and not interested in his bottle. He is 10 months old and during these nights he has a really hard time falling asleep (apparently laying flat makes the ears hurt worse). To help calm him down, I let him lay next to me in my bed and rub his belly and his little bald head. He watches the ceiling fan and rubs my arm until he falls asleep. Once he's in a good, deep sleep, I move him to his bed and continue about my business. This is only something we do if he is really sick and not feeling well and it makes a world of difference in getting him to calm down for the night.

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  3. I know this may be easy for me to say because my children are all older, but stop and take time. Nobody ever forgets what wonderful care a mother takes of us when we are small. That is why we all want our moms when we are sick even as adults! I would love to have just one day back to snuggle with my small children, I miss them:)

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  4. I have four kids ages 9, 4, 2 and 10 weeks. When it comes to the small ones they loose interest very easily so I have things like paint and colors. We bake cupcakes and I let them decorate. Also, when my kids are sick they love to be in my bed. It makes everything better to be cuddled up with mom and dad watching their favorite shows and chilling out. My 10 week old is getting over whooping cough and for him it has been tons of lovin'. I have been holding him a lot. He has just needed that and it makes this mama happy!

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  5. My little Naomi, 8 months, just had a bad flu virus, which was not fun for her or me. I didn't know what to do other than hold her, and PRAY that God would give me strength to get through, yet another sick day, until she felt better! I would hold her, give warm baths, and sing, but I prayed a lot as I rocked her too.

    Jenna:)

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  6. I know for me the biggest thing is just cuddling with my little guy for as long as he needs me too. Its such a sad thing when he sicks but I love the cuddles.And he always loves a nice long bath (I mean who doesn't when u dont feel good?). Also, I always try to remember that as tired as I can be when he is sick it too shall pass!

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  7. My boys have always loved to cuddle up on the couch and watch movies snuggled with Mommy. Special drinks and snacks are always a favorite but my favorite will always be holding them and rocking them.

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  8. Well, Brandon had his first diaper rash at 17 months old so I was pretty clueless on how to treat it. He got his diaper rash from his spicy diapers because he was teething his eye teeth. We were in Branson with the in-laws and my MIL suggested to let him run around without a diaper on after he had a fun time in the tub. This did the trick, we just had to watch him closely so he did not pee on the floor.

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  9. Well, I'm not a mom--YET (I'm 25 weeks pregnant!!), but I will ALWAYS remember what my mom did for me when I was sick. She treated me like I was the only person in her world. She would cuddle with me and get me a cool wash cloth to put on my forehead and eyes and tell me how sorry she was that I was sick. It didn't always make me feel physically better, but the fact that one of my favorite memories with my mom is me being sick let's me know that she was doing something right!! That's what he'll remember--not being sick, but being treated like mom's prince :)

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  10. My son, Cade, was very sick the first 2 years of his life. He hated Pedialyte, but we found the best trick for keeping him hydrated was to make popsicles out of pedialyte, gatorade, and anything else that may intrigue him.

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  11. Flavored ice chips nd popsicles help keep my daughter hydrated.

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  12. we have rice babies and you can heat them in the microwave or make them cool by putting them in the freezer.

    abivens2@gmail.com

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  13. When my 3 yr old is sick he just wants to lay in bed and watch movies. Any other time in life he is go go going so having him in one spot all day is a strange occurance!

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  14. We watch lots of movies at our house when Brayden's sick. The other day he watched Toy Story twice and Cars twice :)

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  15. I have always given my babies with a fever a cool bath and then they always wanted to cuddle when they were not feeling well and they loved to be comfy cozy on the couch watching movies. They have new prescription out now for sore throats called magic mouthwash!! and it worked well when my 2 grandsons had a viral infection and it caused sores in the throat!

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  16. My daughter Aspen luckily has not been sick very often, but a bath is always a great way to make her smile even when she isn't feeling well. Also giving her frozen fruit--bananas are her favorite--is a great way to get her to eat something. I think they melt in her mouth and taste a little bit like ice cream.

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  17. Lots of frozen treats! Ice cream and popsicles help to keep them hydrated!

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  18. I'm all about the bath and the cuddling. I don't have kids yet, but we watch our nephew frequently and the last time he was sick.

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  19. My middle guy is just getting over strep throat on top of a virus. He has been so sad having to stay home from school the past 3 days (he's in Pre-K). The whole time he has been home he has been not wanting to do anything :( So, we've been spending lots of time watching movies and eating applesauce!

    My kids love being able to just chill out in the living room and watch some shows or a movie while cuddled up in blankets. The TV isn't on too much, so when they are sick, it's a treat for them to sit there and just relax and rest.

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  20. my little one has only been sick a few times...knock on wood:)

    when he has the tummy bug not so long ago, we gave him popsicles and that just helped things so much. plus he loves baths and that is good for fevers as well.lots of cuddles and love is the best advice i have..

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  21. cuddles, cuddles and more cuddles, my littles don't take to medicine alot so if they have to drink it, we make sure that I have a cup with there favorite juice standing by...

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  22. Chicken soup, crackers, blankets, and laying on the couch watching videos does the trick for us.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  23. Pick out a few of their favorite movies and hit the couch. Juice, popsicles, and Jell-O are always a hit since they really never want anything substantial. The movies keep them occupied and the best part is that they stay still and have a chance to rest and maybe even catch a nap.

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  24. on the days when we've had the dreaded stomach bug, libbi is not a huge pedialite/juice drinker, but if I freeze some of them in an ice cube tray, she WILL eat a "popsicle" :)
    and, of course, nothing beats a lot of momma's TLC :)

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  25. I think the best the thing to do with a sick baby is just TLC! Even though I'm a mommy myself now I will never grow out of having my mom take care of me when I'm under the weather-there is something so comoforting about having your mom close by that makes you feel relaxed and secure when you're sick.
    Liz
    lizz5990@hotmail.com

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  26. If they feel like eating, it's whatever sounds good to the sick one (I had 4). You can tell how sick they are by what they choose to eat.

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  27. here's what our babies love when they're sick: popsicles...movies...a new coloring book and fresh box of crayons (isn't that the best?)...and of course snuggle time. having a sick child is the worst...but being able to just sit and hold your baby is THE BEST! :o)

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  28. My baby is only 3 months old and thank the Lord she hasn't gotten sick yet! I probably will freak out the first time she does being a first time mom :)
    courtney.mulholland@gmail.com

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  29. It's so tough when they are sick. When it's a really young child, like both of ours are, I think it's safe to say they just want mommy. We just seem to make everything better right? My youngest has been sick alot, just follow doctors orders and don't make any plans to leave the house!! Love on those sweet babies when they are sick!!

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  30. It is so hard when they are sick and I always found that my son always just wanted to be held or for me to sit with him. They grow up so fast, but still to this day when he is sick he calls on Mom : ) Does a momma's heart good!

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  31. I love to see what other mommas and daddys do for their sweet peas when they are feeling rough. I have run into a few moments lately when Sophia's molar teeth have been coming in. Mostly, the 2 "d's" diaper rash and horrible poop diapers, yuck! So I try to pump her full of fluids (since she is not a fan of drinking when she is sick, I get out a fun straw and big kid cup, she seems to be more likely to drink then! (dont forget to hold the drink for the child, or you will be cleaning up another mess!!

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  32. Thankfully my little guy has not gotten sick yet, but that doesn't mean I don't have a plan of action. I think a good snuggle day with Mommy and a few of our favorite friends (stuffed animals) could help make anyone feel better.
    meganastor@live.com

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  33. we have been blessed to not have had too many illnesses in the last 3 yrs. But when we do, we like to rest while watching favorite movies and reading lots of books.

    jennyhasquads at yahoodotcom

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  34. Lots of rest and love! Let them choose movies to rent of choice and keep them hydrated.

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  35. tweet
    http://twitter.com/quacklynn/status/26782840294

    quacklynn at gmail dot com

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  36. I know this sounds horrible, but...the best thing in the world for Caedmon when he's sick (because he pretty much refuses to sleep, even at night) is Curious George DVDs. He has a TV & DVD player in his room, and his happiness and my salvation many nights has been to plug that thing in and let it run for hours at a time. Definitely not something I would normally do, but when they're sick, you don't have much of a choice!

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  37. Well, I don't have any cool tips on dealing with sick kiddos- its pretty much survival-mode! But I did learn something new this summer in dealing with mosquito bites... Bactine! It works great! It numbs it a bit so the itching stops for a while and it doesn't sting on bites that have been scratched too much- like other creams do!!

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  38. I'm not a mom, but I am a nurse! Honestly all the medicine in the world does not do as many wonders as holding a sick kid, loving on them, and providing them with cinnamon sugar toast and 7Up (My mom did this!). Early.Erica@gmail.com

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  39. My tip is do anything that they want... that way they will be less cranky. When we had these little people anyway there was the unsaid contract that we would take care of them and teach them to be great members of the society.

    rsmstahley @ adelphia dot net

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  40. My tweet http://twitter.com/rsmstahley/status/26787033057

    rsmstahley @ adelphia dot net

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  41. Oh, I hate it when Westin is sick! He loves baths when he is sick too. Also just laying around on me makes him happy. :)

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  42. I was always a big cuddle bug when I was sick as a child so I do the same thing for my little guy. I just hold him and snuggle. I know that it makes him feel better. I also feel so blessed to have this little man and I don't want to miss any opportunity of snuggle time. He just turned two and has lots of ear infections and eye surgery. When he had his eye surgery he got to eat popsicles. It was a nice little treat for him and it kept him hydrated. He was so out of it and all he could say was Yum!

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  43. My son loves to be held and also loves playing in the bathtub....even now at 8 y.o.! He is also obsessed with Popsicles, so we let him have as many as he will eat (mostly low-sugar, homemade ones).

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  44. Oh boy..Dealing with a sick child is something that I, unfortunately, have a lot of experiance in. My son was born at 25 weeks gestation so he has had his share of sick time. My biggest, most helpful advise in the hydration department is popsicles..weither it be reg. ol' homemade Koolaide popsicles..or the Pedilite brand..they work great for my son. Also letting him pick out his dinner from a line up that I give him..lol..otherwise it would end up being pure junk..haha! Also..if he is full of mucus I turn on a super hot shower..shut the bathroom door and sit on floor/toliet and read him books..the steam from the hot shower will loosen the mess in his chest. Also tons of rest..I let him bring all of his covers and pillows to the couch and make a little spot for him to lay and watch TV. And push tons of fluids..and keep the fever in check :-/

    Lori from TN

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  45. http://twitter.com/Lori_Sethsmama

    Just tweeted :0) But for some reason it wont allow me the direct link to it..but its my latest tweet!

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  46. http://mama2amiracl3.blogspot.com/2010/10/how-does-100-visa-gift-card-sound.html

    Here ya go direct link to my blog :0)

    Lori from TN

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  47. I have 9 month old twins and a 2 year old son! I have had my fair share of sickness in this house and I highly recommend pedilyte pops. My kids love them and I let them have as many as needed while they are sick. Also applesauce seems to go over well with my kids.

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  48. I have been very lucky. My children do not get fussy when they are sick. So just some liquids to hydrate and wet cloth on the forehead to keep cool and some tv or sleep and that keeps them pretty at ease.

    MCantu1019@aol.com

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  49. Popsicles! Either the pedialyte ones, or even just otter pops, help keep the fever down.

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  50. We cuddle a lot and watch fun things on TV, like ELMO! We love Elmo!

    We also eat lots of popsicles. Yum yum!

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  51. I make sure I keep lots of popsicles, her fave movies, coloring books & crayons nearby...we cuddle in bed together & do all those things. she loves cuddling with mama when she is sick & she loves the bathtime w/ her dora bubbles.

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  53. I cant figure out how to do the link but here is the link to my twitter :) I am still a bit of a newbie on twitter lol

    https://twitter.com/bayleesmama06

    we are friends on there so you should be able to see it :)

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  54. shoot, I forgot to put my email :/ its bayleesmommy07@gmail.com

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  55. When my son is sick, we lie in my bed and watch Spongebob together. It's the best! <3

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  56. Lots of extra love and attention! If they are little, using a medicine dropper to give fluids works well.

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  57. I have found that just sitting with them and relaxing instead of trying to get things done or stressing works best for me. I will just devote my full attention on them when they are sick.

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  58. My son is older so he just knows that he needs to rest until he feels better! When he was little, I would read him lots of stories!
    kmassman gmail

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  59. I did lots of cuddling and would rock my 4 when they were sick. They are getting older now and need less rocking but all 4(13,13,10,7) still love to cuddle!

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  60. I'm a first time mom but I'm sure when my little one is sick he'll get all the attention he wants. My mom used to do that for us and made sure that we were comfortable and well-fed and hydrated. I hope to do the same for my little one. My mom did such a good job that I ALWAYS miss her when I'm sick

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  61. When my little guy isn't feeling well, the first thing I do is pray! That always sets the right tone for the rest of the things we do!

    jana_mccraine(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  62. I don't have kids, but when my husband is sick I make him homemade soup and lotion kleenex! scg00387 at yahoo dot com

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  63. scg00387 at yahoo dot com http://twitter.com/#!/DesMoinesDealin/status/26810427626

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  64. Maddox is teething right now, and he wants to be held constantly! I know he doesn't feel very well because any other time he does not want to be held. It's funny, but a bath makes him feel better also!

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  65. My son never wants to stay in bed to rest, so I keep some coloring books(new) and new box of crayons put away for these times. He get to crawl up in my bed and use his new items. He also likes to eat of a tray and have mom "serve" him. I'm just happy it works!

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  66. keeping a child hydrated and not too overbundled is key. and some hugs and chicken soup don't hurt either :)

    deeg13 at gmail dot com

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  67. deeg13 at gmail dot com

    tweeted :)

    http://twitter.com/DeeGee13/status/26815268579

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  68. I don't have kids, but I do have a rare immunodeficiency called hyper IgE so I'm sick a lot... I get tons of ear infections and two things help me most and have since I was a kid... a warm dry washcloth held to my ear or getting someone to cup their hand over my ear until it is like a "suction cup" action on the ear... Once it got cooler when I was sick my aunt always would make me hot chocolate (like super hot) but put ice cubes in it... I dunno why but sipping on that made me feel better.... or russian tea. I was usually allowed to watch more tv and cuddle on the couch too. So I find those things comforting even now at 25.

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  69. Whenever my daughter is sick, she wants MAMA…and so, she gets my attention! I cook her chicken and rice soup, give her crackers and juice and popsicles! We color, play board games, play on the wii or ps2, or watch movies and snuggle.
    thanks
    bleatham*at*gmail.com

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  70. tweet
    http://twitter.com/#!/sleatham1/status/26825615398
    bleatham*at*gmail.com

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  71. A massage with lavender babylotion always made my sick nephew happy and calm. =)

    Jenniferspurwur@gmail.com

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  72. I always play relaxing music,have a humidifier running and yes,lavender baby lotion massage makes a happy baby.
    jacksoncrisman@yahoo.com

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  73. the best thing a mom can do is just give lots and lots of attention. My youngest has had 6 surgeries for her cleft palate and each time I focus my attention and energy on her. We read, color, watch TV and do whatever she wants.

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  74. When my daughter is sick, she also likes taking a bath. I also hold her a lot and try to make sure she's as warm and comfortable as possible.

    stephanierosenhahn at yahoo dot com

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  75. cold drinks and ice cream.I also like to buy little presents to cheer up my kids when they are ill.

    truthhole@gmail.com

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  76. My daughter is 14 months old and has had 7 ear infections since May - we finally got tubes a few weeks ago!

    Payton hates medicine. So I will put her liquid medicine into her sippy, put just enough milk to cover the medicine, and give it to her. That way she gets her meds!

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  77. We have lots of cuddle time around here when Brock is sick. That is what seems to work best for him. He has a pair of comfy sweat pants I will put on him with a comfy shirt and we will lay around and snuggle for most of the day. Well, we would, that is until #2 came along, now I have no idea what I will do when one or the other is sick! Lol!

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  78. I have 4 kids. When 1 of them is sick, we all go out of our way to treat the sick one like royalty. I buy all of the favorite snacks and popsicles for the sick one, and we all take turns checking on him/her to see if we can do anything. They all say it makes them feel so special to have everyone trying to help.

    For the older ones, I also rent movies to help pass the time.

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  79. My tweet:
    http://twitter.com/MrsMowItAll/status/26865785080

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  80. I don't have kids of my own but I take care of 2 boys (3, 6). What I like to do is to set up camp on the big comfy couch with big pillows and blankets. I'll have movies, puzzle books out for him and set up a table right nearby where I can bring food. It makes feeling crummy a little better to get the royal treatment. We also do a fair amount of snuggling/resting together.

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  81. My girls love to cuddle in the bed and watch movies when they are sick. To keep them hydrated.. I like to make homemade popsicles out of their favorite juice or Gatorade (works every time!)

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  82. When my boys are sick the last thing they ever want is to eat. (That is usually how I can start recognizing something is wrong!) So I always try to keep their fluids up by giving them more juice, pedialyte, and popsicles! My 3 year old is always excited for popsicles! Also, extra cuddling always seems to help too! :)

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  83. My daughter is grown, but now when my grandson gets sick or has to come home from school he comes to my house. When he feels that bad we usually pile up in my bed (with the dogs of course) and watch cartoons until he goes to sleep.

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  84. http://twitter.com/#!/fostertam/status/26880281860

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  85. I never cover with a blanket and keep their heads raised with a pillow and usually during fever I stick to Ibuprofen and keep plenty of ice cold water around
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  86. tweet
    http://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/26901735967
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  87. Well I am a mom of 3 teens and a 5 yr old, so I have been through anything and everything. I just followed my mothers cues from when I was sick as a child. My mom would rock and sing songs to me in a dimly lit room, with soothing instrumental music in the background. She would rock and wipe my head with a cool wash cloth. Then when I finally would sleep, she went to scrubbing the house down with Pine sol. When I would wake up the house would be so fresh and clean. She would make me something to eat and get me something cool to drink, and rock, rock, rock me back to sleep. So, this is what I have done with my children.

    dizzybloom(at)gmail(dot)com

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  88. Tweet

    http://twitter.com/HeartnSoulmom/status/26903206397

    dizzybloom(at)gmail(dot)com

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  89. I agree with you just holding them and comforting them when they don't feel good.

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  90. I have found that feeding sips of drinks with a spoon is fun. This is also good when they are throwing up, because I find too much at once makes them puke again :-(

    Thanks for the great giveaway!!

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  91. My children want to be held, they want to cuddle under their blanket, and sometimes even ask for medicine that will help make them feel better! We also ready books or watch their favorite DVD while resting on the couch! My sons throat hurt and was coughing recently and a throat drop seemed to help him, too.

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  92. My first baby is just over 8 months so I'm new at all this, but when he's not feeling well a bath can instantly perk him up. We snuggle together and watch a show or go for a quick walk, the fresh air seems to help!

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  93. Whenever my three year old gets sick, she knows she has to rest in order to feel better. She doesn't mind taking medicine either. Bathtime is always relaxing for her. Another treat is for her to watch any (appropriate, that is) movie she wants. She loves princess movies!

    Whenever Hallie isn't feeling well, the Hubs or I will get her a special treat because nothing makes you feel better than a little happy! :o)

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  94. When kids are sick I try to be super-nurturing. I hold, cuddle, rock, prop them up in my bed with a ton of pillows, rub backs, soak and scrub feet, offer custom menus, and just all-around indulge them.

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  95. Popsicles are the best way to get fluid into my little girl. Watermelon if it's in season works,too.

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  96. All four of my children have seasonal allergies. That can lead to ear infection, sinus infections and strep throat. Our doctor recommened a daily allergy pill, we us Claritin. That has worked wonders for us! Great giveaway! Thanks!

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  97. Anytime sickness hits our home, and the kids aren't up to going out(or I'm not), I rely on movies, coloring books, books, and forts. Gingerale and toast and smoothies are always favorites, too.
    Kelsey
    micahandkelsey1(at)cox(dot)net

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  98. Turn on a movie, get comfy on the couch or recliner, and simply sit there, quietly loving on your baby. Basically, do what they want you to do. In order to encourage them to take the medicine, put it in a sippy or bottle nipple. Offer a prize when they take medicine and drinks well, even if the prize is a special tv show or movie. It works!

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  99. Lots of time in the rocking chair with mama! It's the one time my daughter, who's 16mos, slows down enough to let me cuddle her, and it's something that comforts her when she's sick. Pedialyte popsicles help for getting fluids in, popsicles made with favorite juices.

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  100. Jarrett has already been in the hospital for 4 days & then we went to the ER last week...& he's only 9 months old! I sure hope this isn't a sign of whats to come. But, if I've learned anything, its to listen to your child & go with your instinct. Don't hesitate to take your child to the ER if you think something is wrong. Of course holding that baby tight & comforting them is one of the best things a mama can do!

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  101. I tweeted about your giveaway! <3

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  102. When our little guy was sick with a stomach flu all we could do was cuddle on the couch read books and watch some cartoons. He was so sick that he wouldn't even eat a popsicle. In the end we had to give him just a dropper full of liquid every ten minutes which was hard for all of us. Eventually he would take one ounce through his sippy, but it took a lot of convincing. The best part of this bad situation was getting to cuddle with my little guy who is usually so active he isnt interested in just sitting!

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  103. Well, my daughter is just 6 months old so I don't have alot of experience with sickness. And so far, we haven't had to deal with much sickness. She had her first little cold back at the end of August, and she was just a little cuddle bug. She also had a little reaction after her 4 month shots and she was a cuddle bug then, too. Know it won't always be this easy! Will be interested in reading the rest of these comments!

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  104. We just had a bought with colds... so we used little noses and a humidifier...

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  105. The boys love cuddling so we do lots of cuddles and kisses. It's also the one time they get to eat/drink anything their little hearts desire just so they are eating and drinking.

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  106. Popsicles are a great idea for a sick young one. I use to put my boys (who are teens now)into a nice warm bath and just let them play and then back into their pj's and we would sit and snuggle up.

    Brook

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  107. I FIND THAT A HEATING BLANKET AND A WARM CUP OF MILK DO WONDERS! kytah00@yahoo.com

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  108. SECOND ENTRY TWEET http://twitter.com/#!/kytah00/status/27050975615 kytah00@yahoo.com

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  109. I've been pretty fortunate with Kaiser, who has been exceptionally healthy, but the times when he's feeling crummy I let him carry around his lovie, Buster, to keep him company. This is a VERY special treat, because he's normally JUST a bedtime friend. And of course, extra cuddling from Mommy helps, too!

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  110. It's been a long time since my daughter was little - but I remember she always liked laying around and watching movies! Plus as a special treat Mom was home from work

    debbiebellows[at]gmail[dot]com

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  111. tweet

    http://twitter.com/bellows22/statuses/27101640982

    debbiebellows[at]gmail[dot]com

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  112. Chicken soup! Haha. It cures everything!

    an_original_username AT comcast DOT net

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  113. Tweeted!!!

    http://twitter.com/HavensTwit/status/27116325538

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  114. Getting lots of rest.. Whether it's laying in bed, cuddling on the couch, or making a tent out of blankets on the floor.. And drinking plenty of gatorade usually makes my boys feel better.
    dgoodridge84@yahoo.com

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  115. My boys like to be held and have their hair strokes, They also enjoy eating freezer pops, and spending time coloring.

    prpldy (at) comcast dot net

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  116. Oh, when they are sick, we shut down. We snuggle. Read books. Watch TV. Whatever.

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  117. lots of rest, some soup, saltine crackers and lemon lime soda pop and watch a movie or listen to a cd.

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  118. My kids always feel special when they are sick because I allow them to make a "nest" next to our bed. I have peace of mind as well because I can always keep a closer eye on them. They also love when I place a frozen wet cloth on their heads during a fever. Cuddles are always #1 though. :)

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  119. lots of snuggles, of course - we always bring their pillow & blankets to the couch for them to camp out during the day. We've been lucky that our kids aren't sick a bunch either. One thing I discovered with MC is the forehead scanner thermometer - that thing is great!

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  120. Tweeted! https://twitter.com/sweethomealagrl/status/27200568227

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  121. I'm a big fan of apple cider vinegar, it's great at killing off a cough, sore throat, AND congestion! Added to organic grape juice (also good or coughs), even my little ones will drink it.

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  122. When my babies are sick, they like to cuddle and read books and watch cartoons. They also like to take a warm bath.

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  123. My kids love a bath when they aren't feeling well.

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  124. Tweeted...
    Just entered @jenna05's Visa Giftcard giveaway...http://jennasjourneygiveawaysandreviews.blogspot.com/2010/10/dealing-with-sickies.html
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  125. The girls like to be in the tub as well. We also gargle with salt water a lot and wear fuzzy pajamas. The kids like to use my special blanket as well.

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  126. When my daughter is down and out, I keep her stocked with tissue, liquids, magazines and her favorite DVDs.

    Thanks!
    Samantha
    jamesmadison1974@gmail.com

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  127. My girls were both sick last week and they got plenty of orange gatorade, green jello, cinnamon sugar toast, homemade chicken noodle soup and homemade rice pudding. We watched a LOT of movies on Netflix (streaming) and did a lot of Charlie Brown puzzles (their favorite).

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  128. If they feel up to it we do arts and crafts or a puzzle, if not than it is cuddling under a blanket in our jammies and vegging out on Spongebob.
    ape2016(at)aol(dot)com

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  129. I'm all about staying in our PJ's all day long and vegging out on the couch or in bed. I hate it when my little one is sick, but I'm not going to lie...I love those snuggles!!

    amyduncan06@mac.com

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  130. Johnson & Johnson's Vapor Bath in a warm tub is a favorite at our house when the kiddos have a cold.

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  131. Fun ice packs like smiley faces or Nemo make "you need to put ice on that" time so much easier! :)

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  132. Tweet! http://twitter.com/danddgiveaways/status/27472461328

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  133. My son Brayden is 21 months old, and when he gets sick he gets really cuddily. I give him some tylenol, give him a bath and just cuddle. He will sit with me or lay down with me all day long. But as soon as I get up he breaks down---I hate to see him sick at all, but I will admit I do love his cuddles!

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  134. I used to rock my boys as much as they wanted. It seemed to calm and soothe them when they were sick. Now, they want to be left alone to heal. *sniff sniff*

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  135. I do lots of cuddling and try and get her to drink lots of breastmilk.

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  136. I let my daughter lay in my bed and watch TV or a movie and I give her ginger ale, soup or crackers so she stays hydrated, but most all she just wants to sleep.

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

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  137. http://twitter.com/susan1215/status/27575090163

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  138. When my little one is sick, all bets are off. Naps are all out of whack, he'll only eat oatmeal and crackers, etc. The thing is, you just have to go with it. Give your child the leeway to be sick and picky. Oh, and give them lots of cuddles and Motrin.

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  139. while I haven't experienced this with my own child several of my friends have me down as their emergency contact person if their child gets sick so they hang out at my house for the day if their too sick for school or day care.

    I make sure their comfy and I keep several throws on hand for that reason. we also have several kid friendly movies so they watch a movie or two and take a nap. I also push the fluids to make sure they stay hydrated.

    If its cool out I make brownies, when it's cool I make yummy smoothies. they love it and when the parents pick them up at the end of the day they don't want to leave.

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  140. I blogged about the giveaway:
    http://miracleaftertherain.blogspot.com/2010/10/dealing-with-sickies-100-visa-gift-card.html

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  141. Here are a few of my favorite things for little sickies: The Sudacare Plug-ins for kids are AMAZING; Johnson & Johnson's vapor bath; Vick's for babies; popsicles and (of course) Tylenol!

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  142. Sick babies are so sad =( My daughter was a huge nurser when she was sick- so we just cuddled and nursed all day. Sometimes frozen breast milk popsicles were a special 'treat'. Regular popsicles, movies, and snuggles became the routine as she has gotten older. jen_michelle at hotmail.com

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  143. Well luckily I have not had to deal with a sick baby yet. My little one is 6 months and we have not had a sickness yet (Knock on wood). I however have gotten lots of good advice from all the comments!
    stumbull (at) gmail (dotcom)

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  144. When Harrison is feeling yucky with fever, I find that giving him a cool bath seems to make him feel better. That and lots of cuddles and running my fingers through his hair. I hate it when he's sick but I do love the cuddling - it's about the only time I get it from my very independent boy!

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  145. Similasan has been around most of my kiddo's 14 years. I've relied on vit C and tea and ginger tonics to relieve all his illnesses. Similasan has also cured ear aches and snotty noses. The "pink eye" drops have thankfully worked immediately in at least 5 pink eye cases - allowing for QUICK returns to school during those pesky outbreaks. SO glad to see they have reached the mainstream. Homeopathic works. My kid has only been on antibiotics once in 14 yrs.

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  146. sick babies are so pitiful. hugs and kisses work best!! if not movies and chicken rice soup!

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  147. When my grandkids are sick we like to rock and snuggle.

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  148. ooo pj day and lots and lots of cuddles.

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  149. Quiet time in bed. No TV or video games, just books, puzzles or other restful activities.
    jvmwordsmith@comcast.net

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  150. Tweeted.
    http://twitter.com/Jayne_Martin
    jvmwordsmith@comcast.net

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  151. my little cousin gets really hyper when she's sick lol i just carry a bunch of tissues with me.
    songyueyu at gmail

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  152. i tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/syytta/status/27879574063

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  153. We don't have children yet, but we enjoy homemade chicken corn soup and lots of rest if possible when we're under the weather!

    ~eunice b
    tigergal01 @gmail .com

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  154. http://twitter.com/tigergal01/status/27931177651

    tweet

    ~eunice b
    tigergal01 @gmail .com

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  155. I let my kids eat and drink while reclining on the couch - a special privilege indeed because otherwise nobody is allowed to have food in the living room!

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  156. Tweeted
    http://twitter.com/amjro

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  157. Cuddling, cuddling, and more cuddling. He even get to sleep in bed with me, that is super special treat to him. He loves it...and I do too!

    Aly at infertilityoverachievers dot com

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  158. I'm not a mom yet, but all this great advice will help me for the near future :)
    wakechick25(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  159. Popsicles! And also a warm "snuggie" (warm, fuzzy fabric sewn into a pillow shape with rice in it) that is heated in the microwave to cuddle with.

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  160. When my little boy is sick we usually set up a nest with his cuddle blanket and stuffed animals on the couch and watch movies or his favorite tv shows. and try popsicles and lots of liquids to keep him hydrated :)

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  161. Cuddling is the best remedy in our house for my younger children. And my 7 year old enjoys watching an extra tv program.

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  162. I tweeted: http://twitter.com/Erika105/status/28359355931

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  163. I have found that when my Babies have fevers they love to have a cool wash cloth placed on their forehead! I also have a Pediacare Gentle Vapors plug in that I keep in their rooms when they are congested! It helps them breathe so much better! AND the best of all, cuddling and loving on them is the best remedy! MOMS are the best medicine!!!

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  164. Whenever my daughter is sick (which thankfully at 10 months hasn't been very much) she loves to cuddle....and loves taking tylenol! Of course we don't give it to her unless she needs it but she loves to suck the medicine out of the dropper!

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  165. Well, all of my kids like to snuggle when they're sick. Which is kind of nice, but I do not like them to be sick. For my daughter (3) I make kool-aid or get powerade because she doesn't normally get to drink them and it helps her drink more. For the boys (1), I let them drink as much milk as they want. They love milk!

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  166. Luckily, my little guys don't get sick often. When they do, it's usually a doosie, and they usually want to just sleep or lay on the couch. I'll let them snuggle with me on the recliner and we spend the day resting.

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  167. This is always a hard situation depending on the sickness but Vernors when they are a little older always seems to help and loving on them a lot!
    gmissycat@yahoo.com

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  168. Tweeted here!
    http://twitter.com/gmissycat/status/28610471438
    gmissycat@yahoo.com

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  169. We set up a "sick bay" on the couch with blankets, tissues, juice and a "barfy bucket" (if needed). Lots of DVD's and usually one of the dogs plants himself right on top of the blankets and "watches" my daughter to make sure she's okay. I think the dogs get more upset that she's sick than I do! I always keep vegetable soup and crackers in the cupboard for those sick days.

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  170. Tweet:
    http://twitter.com/auntiethesis/status/28619782860

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  171. I am thankful that my kids are rarely sick. But when they are, I just cuddle with them as much as I can. We usually watch tv or movies. And I always let them eat and drink what they want at that time. Usually chicken noodle soup

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  172. Lots of popsicles, water and movies!

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  173. Tweeted about it :) http://twitter.com/sweetteapolka

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  174. toast with butter, cinnamon and sugar :)

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  175. I have figured out that when Addi is sick there is nothing else that has to get done that day but take care of her. No laundry no cleaning.
    Laurie
    lbjrmann.blogspot.com

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  176. A warm bath will bring down a fever (my preference over pill). Isolation so no one else gets sick. Plenty of sleep and lots of liquids(in any form no caffeine(check your pedilite bottle)).

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  177. http://twitter.com/sodahoney/status/28724500049

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  178. As a mom to 4.....when one of my kids get sick. I make sure they are treated with extra love and care. I allow them to eat or drink in places not usually allowed. We sit down together and read books or just watch their favorite show. They love it and some how they always seem to feel better faster. :)

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  179. I'm a newer mom but when my baby is sick I try to feed her more breastmilk so that she gets extra fluids.
    ilovebijou @gmail dot com

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  180. My daughters like to just have quiet time and extra treats. They also like tomato soup when they are sick, and no other times of the year.

    bikemom at gmail dot com

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  181. I can always tell when my lil guy is getting sick.. he only wants to cuddle with me. Dumdum suckers seem to lighten his mood as well


    http://kbahansen.blogspot.com/
    bonita

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  182. tweeted: http://twitter.com/prpldy/status/28948942476

    prpldy (at) comcast dot net

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  183. I don't have kids (yet) so I don't know about dealing with them. I will tell you though that my hubs acts like a 2 year old when he's sick. Between dealing with the whining (you'd think he lost a limb!) and trying to get him to actually take some medicine or drink more water, I feel exhausted.

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  184. Lots of holding & resting in mommy & daddy's arms. Sleeping on mommy's chest in a big, comfy chair & a sippy cup of Gatorade is what comforts our little guy the most.

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  185. My 2 tips for sickies are ...

    Pajamma Day are the best to cuddle and rest.
    Watching our favorite shows while we rest can always break out a few smiles :-)

    ~Heidi - Mama to 4

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  186. PRAY! Also, be willing to be cuddly all day if you need to!

    jana_mccraine(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  187. Most of all make sleep a priority, my midwife told me this and I really believe that it works. Laying low and laying down often helps to recover quicker!

    shannoncarman at yahoo dot com

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  188. http://twitter.com/channynn/statuses/29045348320

    tweet!

    shannoncarman at yahoo dot com

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  189. We usually just hang out around the house and cuddle up in bed or on the couch and watch loads of tv. Don't feel bad about a day of tv because that rarely happens. I am loving that she's getting older and will actually sit and cuddle with me now as before she only would when she was sick.

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  190. When my little one is sickly I usually get her bathed, in warm pjs and rock her and hold her until she is asleep. Fortunately she has only been sick 2 times. :)

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  191. Vicks is a sick kiddies best friend! Always works for congestion and doesn't smell to bad either! ;)

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  192. hereis one for you- when the kids are tossing their cookies- put a couple walmart bags in a cardboard box- can tie it up and close the box and toss it- no rinsing vomit down the drain and can get a low enough box it is easy to hold and throw up

    sonic makes apple juice and cranberry slushies that you can get for those kiddos or adults so they do not get dehydrated and even when they melt down they taste good

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  193. Popsicles and more popsicles, lots of cuddle time!

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  194. When my kids are sick they usually get to chill on the couch with some tv or movies. When they have colds, I put them to bed with Vicks on the bottom of their feet (covered with socks) and on their chests. Someone told me about the feet thing last year and it seems to really help! I also found some all natural honey cough syrup at Walmart that I give the kids when they have bad coughs during the night!

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  195. A humidifier always works for us!

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  196. soups, liquids, lots of love, hugs and kisses
    sweokgrl@gmail.com

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  197. I tweeted
    sweokgrl@gmail.com
    http://twitter.com/bdiane34/status/29137552766

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