Did you know that school-age kids get around 8-12 colds a year, and they can last anywhere from six days to two weeks?! Now, that’s pretty crummy, if you ask me.
A lot of times our kids have sore throats on those sick days. Whether it be from a cold or a flu, a sore throat is no fun for anyone.
Us Moms need to be prepared for days like this!
So, here’s my 5 tips to help a child with a sore throat!
Keep them Hydrated
Keeping children hydrated is so important when they are sick. Keep a water bottle near by and remind them to take small sips throughout the day. If their throat is so sore that it’s hard to sip, make them fruit popsicles. Just freeze any sort of fruit juice in Popcicle molds or small cups and hand them over.
Keep Them Full
With a sore throat, it hurts to eat and swallow foods. So, I suggest keeping some squeezable pouches of pureed veggies and fruits nearby. That way they can get the nutrients they need with less pain.
Also, a good cup of chicken noodle or tomato soup can do wonders for a sore throat.
Keep them Warm
When a child is sick, warmth can be so comforting. So, throw blankets in the dryer to warm them up, so your kids can snuggle with them on the couch.
I also like to make homemade heating packs for sore muscles. I put rice in an sock (usually one that’s missing it’s match), tie off the end, and microwave for a few seconds. They stay warm for a long time and my whole family loves them!
Keep them quiet and relaxed
Children need to rest when they are sick. So I wrap my boys up in their warm blankets, and let them stay on the couch. We don’t do a lot of technology around here, but when my kids are sick, I don’t mind one bit if they binge on some good cartoons throughout the day. I also like to get them some audiobooks to listen to, and relaxing music.
Keep their throat soothed
You’ll want to give your child a good cough syrup that will help heal and soothe their throat. The problem is that cough syrup doesn’t always taste all that great. Actually, 40% of parents say that giving children cough medicine isn’t always easy. Knowing that, I’ve started using Dr. Cocoa Long-Acting Cough Relief for my child. It’s made with 10% cocoa, so it tastes like chocolate, which he loves. I love that it has effective symptom-relieving ingredients work. Now, there’s no more struggle with getting my son to take his medicine. Sound good? Want to try it out? Click here for a $4 off coupon!
Hopefully, with these tips, your child will be feeling better quickly!
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marshmallows work well to coat the throat and stop coughing immediately. Problem is that if your kids are young, they’re also a choking hazard. (They can’t be heimliched or suctioned out by EMS) What I do with my 3 yr old is dissolve a handful in hot cocoa and let it cool a bit then let her drink it. It works great!
Cool tips! Thank you 🙂
Great tip! Thanks.
My little one is getting over a sore throat. He’s too young for cough medicine, but we do everything else you said. Also, honey works great to coat an itchy throat.
Great tip! Thank you!
I would definitely love to try this out. It’s always a struggle getting kids to drink their meds, so this would definitely relieve a lot of the hassle!
I bet it would. My son says it’s “tasty”.
We also take lots of rest when the kiddos aren’t feeling up to par. I’ll definitely look into this cough syrup, we currently use hylands & have no complaints. Hydration is definitely key when sore throats & virus come visiting. Great article thanks for sharing.