We had a miserable week here last week. I had the flu, Jacob had a rotten cough, and even my poor dog wasn’t feeling himself. I feel like the entire week went by in a total fog, and I’m actually amazed that I managed to get any work done. I’m even more amazed that the work I did actually made sense! It’s bad enough when I don’t feel good, but it’s even worse when my poor little monkey pants is sick (he would be really ticked off if he knew I called him that in public!). When Jacob is sick, I typically go to my old favorite feel-better activities from when I was a kid. Of course, with all the changes in technology and medicine, some of those ways have been updated a bit, but in other cases, the classics are still the best!
5 Ways to Make Kids Feel Better When They’re Sick
Disclaimers: I am not a doctor and my opinions should not replace medical advice. I received a free sample of Mucinex along with promotional items. My opinions, as always, are solely my own.
1. Coloring books! Whenever I was really sick, I got new coloring books and crayons. Even today, when I’m not feeling good, those classic “feel-better” items still make my cold a little less miserable.
2. Pet Therapy- There is a reason that pets are used in therapy so often, they really do make you feel better. Studies have proven it time and time again. Jacob enjoys snuggling with our dog Cooper, who sadly has also been feeling under the weather this week.
3. A Movie Marathon- If you typically don’t allow your children much television time (or even if you’re not so strict on that front), a sick day is the perfect time to relax that rule a bit. Let them pick out a few movies for their own marathon. Since Jacob never stops going, even when he’s sick, a movie marathon is the perfect way for me to get him to relax a bit.
4. Board games. If your child is well enough to sit up and play a few board games, break out all his favorites and make it an afternoon of games. I like cooperative games for times like this, because it’s no fun to lose a game when you’re already feeling miserable.
5. The right medicine. Obviously, the right medicine goes a long way towards making your children feel better. With Jacob, it’s hard to find one that works well. I don’t know if it’s just his system, or if this is something common in all kids, but most cold medicines don’t really have any affect on him at all. So far, I’ve found maybe three that work. Children’s Mucinex Multi-Symptom Cold Medicine is one of those. Be sure to talk to your pediatrician before giving your child any medication.
About Children’s Mucinex Multi-Symptom Cold Medicine
Children’s Mucinex Multi-Symptom Cold Medicine contains guaifenesin to help loosen up mucus, dextromethorphan HBr to help with the cough, and phenylephrine HCl to dry things up a bit. Together, the combination helps knock out the worst cold symptoms. You can read more about the active ingredients and drug information here.
The medicine comes in a Very Berry flavor, and honestly, it still tastes like medicine. It’s not pleasant, but it’s not as bad as some of the other medicines out there. No medicine is ever going to taste fantastic, so that’s not really a point against Mucinex. Jacob chases his with juice. It doesn’t seem to make him drowsy, but then, nothing does. Adult Mucinex knocks me out, so I was pretty surprised that he didn’t seem even remotely sleepy after taking it. Again, I have no idea if that’s typical, your child may be different.