Entertaining Children When They Have a Cold #VicksTricks

Being unwell as a child
I remember when I was unwell being allowed to stay in my parents bed all day. Children’s TV wasn’t an all day thing back then and my parents TV certainly didn’t have more than 5 channels!
I’d be upstairs with my mum checking on me, bringing me water and whatever food (within reason) that I wanted, while my baby brother was downstairs. Keeping us (my two younger siblings and one seven years older) separate was a away of not having everyone sick at the same time.
Usually one of us got well and another fell ill.
We didn’t have the flu jab either.
Vicks VapoRub* was a brand I grew up with. Whenever we had a blocked nose or a full blown cold, my mum would rub some on my chest so I had a better nights sleep. My mum grew up with this product too; it was developed over 100 years ago! I also remember her making me warm juice to soothe my sore throat.

Entertaining my daughter
So far my daughter seems to have gone from one cold to the next this season! I can always tell when my very chatty, active toddler isn’t herself. She becomes quite clingy, there’s more tantrums over silly things and she loses interest in food.
I try to avoid giving her medicine unless its really needed. Over 52% of parents said that rest was the most important for making children feel better and this was followed by medicine, which 40% of parents rely on.
To keep her entertained, I sit her on my lap facing me like I used to when she was a baby and I’ll sing her favourite songs.
Or we snuggle up on the sofa and watch her favourite shows. And read her a story. Anything to get a smile – even if I have to do a silly dance. I’ll try to get her to nap for as long as possible too.
We recently found #VicksTricks Magic Trick videos. This one is our favourite and their all easy to recreate at home.
When it comes to keeping children entertained, 75% of parents put on the TV or a DVD, and 27% read to their children.
Stopping a cold in its tracks
Having discovered Vicks First Defence nasal spray**, when I feel that prickly feeling at the back of my throat and/ or my nose starts to become block, I do two sprays and carry on with my day. It unblocks my nose within minutes and lasts up to 8 hours. It has a refreshing scent too.
I use Vicks VapoRub* on my daughter (and on myself), it helps her to breathe better throughout the day and night. I love that this little pot works almost instantly, and it’s a perfect size to have in my bag. Again it lasts up to 8 hours which is perfect for her getting a good nights sleep. It contains active ingredients which are naturally derived from plants.
My daughter started drinking milk again, so a cup of warm milk helps to soothe her sore throat.
Getting back on our feet
As part of our family being healthier new years resolution, we have been eating more fruit at lunchtimes and getting more fresh air (even through it is cold out).
I’ve also been teaching my toddler to cover her mouth when she coughs or sneezes and to use tissues and bin them.
*Vicks VapoRub is for the relief of nasal congestion, catarrh, sore throats and cough due to colds. For children ages 2 years and over. Always read the label.
**Vicks First Defence nasal spray is a medical device. Always read the label.
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