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This past weekend started out with the kids getting sick. Anytime one of your kids is sick it’s not fun, and when you have more than one child and they are both sick it’s near torture. “Hold me!” “No I want you to hold me!” Thankfully, mine are 6 and 3 so I can still manage to hold them both on the couch. However it’s not long before they start fighting or complaining that the other one is too close.
This is when being a mom is really tough. The kids are cranky because they don’t feel good and you want to sympathize and baby them some but then you can’t let them bicker and gripe at each other. I don’t know about your kids but both mine annoy each other pretty equally when they want to.
Kinsa Smart Stick Digital Thermometer To My Rescue
Sick kids are rough, but I love the Kinsa Smart Stick Digital Thermometer . It makes it so much easier on me to track any fever. The Kinsa Smart Stick Thermometer connects to your smart phone and keeps track of fevers for you. It’s so handy and easy to use. You have to read the directions though when it comes to using the extension. I was so mad that I almost threw the thermometer away because I thought it wouldn’t work. Finally, I sat down and saw that I had to first connect the thermometer directly to the phone THEN I could use the extension and connect it to the phone.
Each child has their own profile, so if more than one kid is sick at at time (which is what happened to me recently) then you are able to easily track each one.
There’s a lot of great features in their Resources area as well-
They each took a cool bath, which meant that I was running from the bathroom to the living room to keep a check on both kids. It helped, but at one point their fevers got high. This was when I realized that I had run out of Tylenol and Motrin. I know, who does that? Right?! My husband ran down and got some along with some gatorade. I gave each kid some Tylenol and it came down some (thankfully).
Fever = Cold Kid
The other hard part to me about a child with a fever is when they are cold. You obviously don’t want to put blankets on them or wrap them up in sweats however at the same time you don’t want them to be miserably cold on top of sick. Enter my favorite blankets on the planet.
I had some aden by Aden + Anais swaddle blankets from when my son was born (not to mention many other things in their line because the products are FANTASTIC!). The swaddle blankets are made of muslin material which is light and breathable. The blankets also get softer each time you wash them. What could be better than that?? I put one over each kid which sufficed them being cold but wasn’t a heavy blanket either.
I keep a couple of these in the car as well so for when they get cold. Typically this is when we are going out of town (but you know kids). They are light and easy to store away which is a huge plus for me.
Thankfully, it seems to have been a one evening deal and all is well now. It sucks having sick kids, but when you can find things to comfort them or make it easier to care for them a little bit of stress can be relieved. When you are a parent, every little bit counts :).
What do you do when your kids are sick? Have you found anything that helps comfort them or makes it easier for you to care for them?