Friday, October 8, 2010

Soothing and Cheering a Sick Child, and a $100 Visa Gift Card Giveaway

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We have children in three different school buildings this year. We are doomed: we will get every single illness that goes around.

When one of the kids is sick enough to stay home from school, I build the child a "nest": the child can choose the couch or the recliner, and I bring out pillows and throws, stuffed animals and favorite blankies. A congested child gets a vaporizer nearby. A barfy child gets a bucket. Anyone can have a cat delivered to them, though it's up to the cat if the cat will stay.


The child gets to choose what's on TV, and can watch it all day long if he or she wants to. Or I can bring the child books, or clipboards with paper to color on, or handheld video games. And I bought one of those knitting spool things (the kind that lets the child can knit a long, useless rope), and we bring that out only for sick kids.


Usual meals are abandoned: barfy children get saltines, toast, rice cereal, bananas, applesauce; non-barfy children can have anything that appeals, which is usually graham crackers, cinnamon toast, saltines. Children who are not barfing can have as much juice as they want instead of the usual "one cup per day" limit, and children who ARE barfing can make frequent requests for small amounts of juice or water or even soda.


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162 comments:

Jess said...

Um, I LOVE this. Pictures of tragic sick children and all! I hope to have a similar policy when our kids are sick--I love the nest idea. I did not often get sick when I was a kid and most of the time I didn't really get nursed/nurtured... but I remember one time when I was so sick my dad had to pick me up from school in the middle of the day, and then I had a nap in my bed and then he brought me chicken noodle soup IN BED, and I thought that was pretty much the coolest thing ever.

Jessica said...

I pretty much do the same thing. It's a TV on all day long sort of thing while Mommy cleans the house. SIck children don't play with toys, but instead veg on the sofa, so I take the opportunity to clean things up so they look tidy.

Caroline said...

we love rice babies, you can make them hot or cold, but which ever way it makes my kids feel better!

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St said...

My kids love a warm rice sock for comfort. They also get unlimited time to play on my iphone.

Mimi said...

When my kids are sick, they also get a "nest" of blankets and pillows on the couch. Also their choice of TV shows or movies and food. They will get a special treat if they feel up to eating.

Erica said...

I love that Mouse is snuggling William. (That IS William, right?)

We use the Similasan cough syrup and it works wonders.

My kids get the "cough all night" type of sickness for more often than the "barfy" kind of sickness. Maddie doesn't want a nest, she wants to be cuddled in a lap 24/7. She also gets unlimited TV and favorite snacks.

Jana said...

I let the sick child lie in my bed and watch movies all day. I'd let them use the couch, but the other children wouldn't be able to leave him/her alone. I also change their sheets because that's what my mom always did for me - clean sheets always smelled so good and made me feel better.

Mama Bub said...

We don't really have sick child procedures. When Bub gets sick he still operates at Level 10, so he's just germy and active. But growing up, being sick meant Jello (no matter what we were sick with) TV and resting in bed.

Mami2jcn said...

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

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Melanie said...

My mom always made me grilled cheese, which for some reason had magical healing properties.

melduke26 at gmail dot com

Julie said...

For non-barfy illnesses, my dad would always come home from work with a chocolate milkshake for the sick kid. Such a treat, and not only do I continue the tradition with my own kids, I have been known to pop over with one for my dad when he's under the weather.

d e v a n said...

omg - the pictures are so cute/sad!

My kids get a blanket and pillow on the couch, control of the remote and, as long as there is no barfing, what they want to eat. (no sugar though, since I've read that lowers your immune system.)

darrendevan at gmail dot com

Heather said...

My kids love to snuggle up on the coach with a movie on, their blankets, and water nearby. And of course some snuggles with mommy!!

Shari said...

I hope to somehow have such handy procedures for sick ones...right now it's rock-paper-scissors over who has to stay home with the kid. Usually not me. But in general, on the couch in front of the TV, with whatever he wants for lunch.

Julie said...

Staying in jammies and all the attention they want!

Jenny B said...

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.

Jenny B
jennyhasquads at yahoodotcom

Alicia said...

I remember whenever my stomach was upset, my Mom would make a special trip to buy 7-Up.

That stuff works miracles. :)

LiciaLee said...

Mine has not yet been sick (knock on wood) and is two months, so I'm thinking when the time comes it will be a constant holding cuddling trying to console her while we suck the slime from her nose with the scary hospital bulb she hates with a passion. :(. Not looking forward to it!

Susan said...

When my son is sick I am his live-in maid by choice. What he asks for, I get. We watch movies all day. He gets all the ginger ale he wants and popsicles. We usually eat soup with crackers.

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Superjules said...

Those are some very cute and pathetic little ones in those pics.

My mom used to give me chicken soup, toast, and 7 UP with a twisty straw on a little tray. She also had these little wooden Japanese dolls that I only got to play with when I was sick.

Anonymous said...

They just stay in bed all day and watch tv or sleep. They basically get whatever they ask for.

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Misty said...

Oh cher, look at those poor sick babies! Wrench your heart out! You're such a good mama. Love the nest idea. I didn't get sick a lot when I was a kid and my mom really isn't the 'nurturing' type, but more the 'suck it up, it ain't that bad' type. :)

beyond said...

i always got apple slices on a little plate! still makes me feel better when i am sick now...

Kelly Massman said...

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!
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divrchk said...

Why I was growing up, my mom always moved the kitchen tv into my room to keep me happy and the germs contained.

Anonymous said...

I remember getting 7up and saltines and unlimited TV! scg00387 at yahoo dot com

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meeyeehere said...

Bless those poor babies hearts!I hate seeing kids be so sick and barfy or puky.Well,I hate to throw up,always have.My mom would wet cold wash cloths for me and spin the cloth around every few minutes to make it cold again and apply it to pressure points to help me.I do this for my child too.I also give him a pep talk,saying it will get better soon and all that.
Poor babies,I just hate that!
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allysmama said...

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.
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TruthHole said...

my kids get sick pretty often and they just want to sleep when they feel bad.We try too cook special stuff they like and we try to buy little presents like balloons,new coloring books and a new dvd or something.
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Courtney said...

Chilly Willies!!!

Emily S. said...

My kids, when they are sick, want "Memaw's magic medicine." This is soda of whatever type is available poured into a freezer cup (provided by their Memaw, of course) that turns the liquid into a slushy. They have sworn by this curative since they were tiny, and they are 16 and 12 now.

AmyNaab said...

We do the same- lots of tv and cuddle time. I even will pull the couch up so that she can lay on it directly in front of the tv. :)

Kathy said...

Lots of cuddles and unlimited tv time.

fostertam said...

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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Tabathia said...

I usually let the older ones lie in bed with head propped on a pillow and cater to them while they nap or watch tv and with the baby I cuddle with her and lie with her and give her med's if needed
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Barb @ getupandplay said...

I cuddle up on the couch with my baby when he's sick and we both watch kids' tv shows and drink juice and I give him as much mommy time as he wants. (This works because I only have one child so far.)

Joanne said...

So far, my kids are too little to want to be alone when they are sick, so I hold them all the day and night. I am looking forward to when they can just LIE DOWN on their OWN for a few minutes. I will let them have whatever they want!

Allison said...

Maggie mostly just wants me to sit on the couch with her all.day.long. when she is sick so that is what we do. She gets to watch what she wants on TV and can request whatever to eat. She does allow me to get on my laptop while she lays listless next to me.

/kelly said...

I was sent to my grandma's house when I was sick and my parents had to work. To me, being sick meant cups of tea and fruit cocktail syrup if barfy and cups of tea and cinnamon toast if not. Wonderful memories, actually. Thanks!

kelly_rose01 at yahoo dot com

Marie Green said...

I was rarely sick as a child- no really, I don't think I ever once got to take the beloved pink bubble gum medicine after about age 3 or 4. But I do remember blankets and the couch and pillows.

Our own sick kids basically get to do whatever they want. Lots of tv and stories and cuddling (oh, feverish children are so deliciously cuddly!). We also go out for short walks if the child has been sick for days on end and a) feel up to it and b) is getting stir crazy. I also make malt-o-meal more often if we have sick kids.

(Puking kids sleep on a couple of layers of towel at night to avoid middle of the night bed stripping. Ugg.)

Tammigirl said...

When I don't feel good my mom still brings me potato soup. She makes the best, most comforting potato soup in the world.

Kelsey said...

I rely on gingeale/7-up, smoothies for soar throats, honey toast, or whatever they want! Movies, coloring books, books are all on hand, too.
Kelsey
micahandkelsey1(at)cox(dot)net

Alyssa said...

My kids get lots of cuddles when they're sick and get to pick the TV show. They can eat whatever sounds good to them, and we both usually stay in our jammies all day.

Angel Jacklyn said...

ON DAYS I USED TO BE SICK WHEN I WAS A CHILD, I REMEMBER MY MOM ALWAYS BUYING "VERNORS" SODA. FOR WHATEVER REASON, SHE SAID IT SOOTHED A COMPLICATED STOMACH. LOL. IT WAS CUTE LOOKING BACK ON IT REGARDLESS! kytah00@yahoo.com

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missris said...

When we were sick as kids we could drink as much ginger ale as we wanted and watch as much tv as we wanted. It was such a treat in our house!

ms-texas said...

when my daughter was sick she always liked that Mom was home from work and she also liked watching movies

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Danielle said...

When my boys are sick I let them lay round watching cartoons all day.
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Just call me b said...

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

BrendaLea, the Prpldy said...

When I was sick we drank hot tea and toast or white soda and tomato soup. And laid on the couch with tv and coloring all day.

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Anonymous said...

When my daughter had a sore throat I gave her a popsicles to soothe the soreness. Now she thinks that anytime she is sick, she gets to have a popsicle. When she had a stomach ache a few months ago, she came to me asking for a popsicle to make it feel better. I had to tell her that popsicles don't help tummyaches, only sore throats.
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Emily N. said...

my mom would always give me some soup, saltine crackers and lemon lime soda pop and let me watch a movie or listen to a cd and sometimes she's rub my back.

Mandy W. said...

I let them eat or drink in front of the TV. Normally this is a no-no!

Samantha said...

When my daughter is sick, I keep her comfy in her room and I check on her every hour. Each time I check on her I bring her a new surprise from a glass of juice, to a candy, to a magazine, to a DVD.

Thanks!
Samantha
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DoughGirl said...

We hunker down with blankets on the couch and watch movies, play Wii(quiet games), read books. Also plenty of gatorade, ginger ale, jello and soup!

ape2016 said...

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.
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Anonymous said...

I would love to get sick at your house! Sounds like fun. At our house, if you're sick enough to stay home from school, then you stay in bed. If that weren't the rule, the kids would be faking sickness all the time! I grew up with a Dr. for a father, and there was never much sympathy for being sick. You just went on with life. Pedialite, ginger ale, saltines, and toast are the typical fare for a sick child in our home.
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Michelle S. said...

I love your methods!

I grew up with similar...spot on the couch, juice, crackers, toast, and ALLLLLL the tv I wanted. That was a biggie!

jen(melty) said...

I always feel like I'm a terrible soother. I make a "nest" like you say.. lots of blankets on the couch. But not before a towel. And the kid gets a bucket. And the remote and all the TV they can stand. If the child is barfing they get no food for as long as I can get away with it, and only sips of drinks. I have a legitimate phobia of barfing so I have to work hard at this, people! :) Usually the other kids will sit with the sick kid, which I find so sweet. When I was a kid I remember my mom used to stroke my hair up and around my ear. I loved that, but my kids wont' sit still for it.

Type (little) a said...

Sick children get the choice of mommy's bed or the couch, and (s)he can watch any or all the kid movie DVDs as s/he so desires. With (minimal) griping from Mommy. :-)

Lisa said...

The sick kids can stay in their bed (and I bring in a little tv to their room) or on the couch. Mostly pampered all day long with whatever they want.

Emily said...

Cuddling. Lots and lots of cuddling. (My boys are still babies).

susan1215 said...

I let my daughter lay in my bed were she can watch TV or a movie and I bring her ginger ale, soup or crackers if she feels like eating.

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wisdomandpeace said...

When I was little, my dad would always pick up a box of popsicles at the store on his way home from work if my sister or I was sick. Also, he would move the little black and white tv with "rabbit ear" antenna from their bedroom into the sick child's bedroom. I continue the tradition by allowing the sick child to watch as much tv as desired, though not in their own rooms as our televisions are too big to move around very easily. I don't do the popsicle thing, either: don't really want to try to scrub red popsicle vomit out of my light tan sofa!

stumbull said...

My little one has not been sick yet (knock on wood) but I remember when we were sick as kids my mom use to let us sleep in her bed and we got lots of soup, vicks, and grilled cheese sandwiches. Grandma always gave us a shot of homemade whiskey (I would NOT recommend this she is very old school).

Anonymous said...

I remember my mom making me 7-Up pops when I had chicken pox. I had them in my throat and it helped so much.
Brianna
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sagessa said...

When Alex is sick he basically rules the house. He gets to sleep with us, eat whatever he wants, watch all the TV he wants (even Umi Zoomi, I hate that show). The only thing he gets denied is soda, that's still on his not allowed to have list. Everything else is up for grabs until he's feeling better.

fairydogmother said...

I have fond memories of my mom doing similar things when we were sick as kids (which was quite a lot, having been a preemie and all). The nest on the couch, saltines & graham crackers. And if it was a non-barfy illness (or once we progressed passed barfiness) we could have whatever appealed. Even if it meant sending my dad on a drive-thru run for soft serve. Or the year that I had pneumonia over Halloween when I was in 3rd grade, and I was too sick for trick-or treating so my sister and brother had to pool their loot together and divide it 3 ways, setting mine aside for when I was better. The all time best way of soothing me when I was sick was a special way my mom would rub my head until I would fall asleep. It is still the best thing when I'm sick or suffering a nasty migraine, even 30 years later. But only the way my mom does it, of course.

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Christy said...

My son has not ever been sicker than a head-cold (he's only 10 months, so I know it's coming) so I don't have much to say about comforting him except rock him as much as he wants and free cuddles all day (or night, as it were). Poor things are so pitiful when they're sick!

spatulater said...

Unlimited tv access and lots of ice cream made being sick almost worth it when I was a kid.

Amber said...

My daughter gets to watch way more tv than usual when she's sick. We usually spend all day on the couch watching tv or with books or games. She also really likes to be able to sleep with me instead of in her own bed.

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#6 on the Threatdown said...

I was pretty much left to my own devices on sick days as a kid. I think my mom always thought we were faking. For my own son he likes to be cuddled and rocked. I also sing him songs which usually makes us both feel better. I know he will outgrow this some day, but for now it is healing for us both.

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sy said...

my little cousin gets really active when she's sick o_o so i just try to keep her entertained with different games, video games are good.
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Anonymous said...

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!

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Chelsea said...

My baby is only 7 weeks. He hasn't been sick but we do a lot of cuddling when he's fussy!

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Small Footprints said...

When I was a kid, my mom cozied us up on the couch, skootched the coffee table next to the couch and loaded it with coloring books, story books, puzzles, etc. and then served us "sick" food (a bowl of peaches, toast and 7-up). The best part, though, was when she'd sit with us. A kid mostly needs mom when they are under the weather!

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becky said...

when i was little my mom set me up by the tv and brought me milkshakes and fries. not the best healing technique but i loved it. my son gets elderberry syrup that he calls black medicine and would be set up on the couch all day if anything ever stopped him from running around.

Deb said...

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.

gmissycat said...

When the kids were sick, we all were all upset. Hate seeing little one sick but the illness depended on what we did. Baby asprin always seemed to help.
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Shel said...

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 always keep vegetable soup and crackers in the cupboard for those sick days.

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Melinda said...

toast with butter, cinnamon and sugar :)
I loved this as a kid when i wasn't feeling great

Anonymous said...

Grandma's chicken noodle soup is the best at curing all ailments

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Joy

sodahoney said...

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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abitnerdy said...

turn on the humidifier on warm of course, wrap them in the softest blankets available. cartoons. rub them to sleep. no sugar. no high energy activity. lots and lots of TLC and rest.


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Haven said...

chicken soup and board games!

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cathy said...

When I was in 7th grade I had my wisdom teeth out and I was miserable. The biggest thing that I remember is my older brother (16) came to bring me water and ask me if I needed anything. I was astounded! That was the first time I remember him actually being nice to me. We're great pals now.

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DanielleCorrelle said...

I *love* the idea of the "nest." I really don't remember getting any specialness when I was sick as a kid... I mean, I was taken care of and babied, but not to where I remember anything that I wouldn't have normally been allowed to do anyway. Aside from staying home from school...so, I guess that. My children aren't in school yet and very rarely get sick (I am sure with school it will be entirely different and I will have to steal your ideas, hehe).

bdiane34 said...

Lots of love, hugs, kisses, soups, medicine.
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Kerry said...

Vernor's ginger-ale is a tummy soother in our house.
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JC said...

New books, hot miso soup and cartoons can always do the magic.

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juliloquy said...

I agree that the photos of sick children are sweet. (My parents took photos of us when we were sick, too - I have to remember to do the same with my kids.) My mom used to give us Jello mixed with hot water - like Jello tea - once we could keep food down. I'd do the same with mine, except my kids don't do so well with artificial food coloring.

melanie said...

we do lots of couch time with plenty of tv, special drinks and rest. i need to do a better job of pampering though. you gave me some good ideas.

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Anonymous said...

Tina said...

My daughter has been sick with the stomach virus twice, and she got it pretty badly. Each time lasted approximately 5 days. She was so sick that she didn't care for TV or a video. She just laid in bed taking tiny sips of Gatorade every 30 minutes. When I was growing up though, I watched countless hours of TV when I was sick. Now that I think about it, I think TV only made me more tired.

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Cheryl888 said...

Sick days mean snuggle up on the couch together under a blanket, drink hot tea, and eat chicken soup...all while watching what the little one wants to watch on TV!

Tami said...

Snuggle, spoil rotten and follow Dr.'s orders always works for us!!

Karina said...

chicken soup and a good movie

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sandra said...

When our kids are sick they get to snuggle up on the couch with pillows and blankets, lots of herbal tea, and movies galore.

Misty said...

When I was a kid it was all about getting lay on the couch all day with control of the remote control! Sick kid got to choose the channel all day long!

Wendy said...

i remember my mom bringing me 7-Up. that was the best!

Domestic Goddess said...

I secretly like it when my kids are sick. They are both autistic and have ADHD so they NEVER STOP MOVING. Except when sick. It's my only chance to cuddle with them! And they let me!

MommyNamedApril said...

i like to rent a special movie for my kids and will usually get them a cool bendy straw to encourage more fluids. we always let them make camp on the couch too :-)

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The Murray Crew said...

Run, Hide, Cry! Seems like nothing really works when the kids are sick, so hard! :)

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Devany said...

She's only a baby yet, so lots of rocking and playing with her hair. Soothes me too.

Carolyn said...

My mom used very similar tactics when we were sick. We could camp out on the couch, have small sips of soda if we were sick, and watch tv. I think it's hard being a grown-up and getting sick with no one to take care of you!

Megan said...

My mom never let me sleep in her bed ever, but when I was sick she made me a pallet on the floor of her room and I got to drink lots of orangeade. Kinda sounds like torture now, but it was special then!

Tim said...

We always had popsicles and lots of stories read when the kids were sick.

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LAMusing said...

I love how you sorted it out by barfing/non-barfing children LOL. When I was a kid mom gave me chicken noodle soup, 7UP and books or coloring books :)
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Norma said...

My daughter was rarely sick (6 years perfect attendance in grade school) but on those rare occasions there was bubble up, soup, books and board games

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DawnA said...

Pitiful sick babies (and how cute they were trying to smile!). When we had upset tummy it was only bananas, applesauce, rice, tea and toast for the day. Now it's noodle soup (especially oodles of noodles).
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Amie said...

It's pretty much the only time I let the kids sleep in my bed (to keep them way from the others)

Leah @ A Butterfly In My Stomach said...

When we were sick as kids we received the royal treatment...covers, couch, soup, and t.v. We loved the TLC.

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quitecontrary1977 said...

My daughter wants to be left alone when ill, but as a kid we'd get popsicles, pudding,sprite, chicken broth, coloring books and all the cartoons we could stomach. As a result, I faked sick quite a few times!
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duckslovestrawberries said...

I remember my mom would always make me chicken noodle soup. I would always lie in bed and watch tv. Then my mom would make me take nasty medicine.

Elizabeth in Chicago said...

Microwaved rice bag, ramen soup with egg, and a cat who liked it when a child stayed still long enough to be comfortable.

Naddez said...

I usually give them chicken noodle soup while they're sitting up on my couch watching their fave show.

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Luvdaylilies said...

Lots of cuddling, love, cool wash cloths, juice or sprite and extra attention from everyone in the house=) It's so sad when a kiddo is sick=(
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Sarah said...

When I was sick my mom used to make me chicken noodle soup. She would always let me camp out on the couch and watch whatever I wanted on TV. That always made me feel better!

angie lilly said...

When I was growing up, my mom would wheel the TV into my bedroom (yes I am that old hahah) so that I could watch all the kiddie programs. It made the time go by much faster when I was feeling horrible.
Angie
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Scott said...

I hate to sound like a cliche, but TV was it for me. I only stayed home sick when I was so sick that I couldn’t really go to school, so I was bedridden basically. But TV kept me out of my mom’s hair!
Scott
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Scott said...

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Deanna G. said...

When I was sick my mom used to make me chicken noodle soup and a hot pack for my tummy :)

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Katie said...

We do kind of the same thing. The kid gets to do whatever they want. But, (knock on wood) we've yet to experience anything beyond a yucky cold. Usually this means a day curled up on the big chair watching DVDs and sipping juice.

And I kind of love it because they get all cuddly.

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Megan said...

Definitely get them nice and comfy on the couch with books or their favorite movie. Bring them soup and crackers and some pedialyte...and some sweets too unless their stomach is upset.

slehan said...

My mother would always read to me when I was really sick. When I was getting better she'd teach me how to crochet.
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PauleyD said...

My wife does a lot of the nurturing when the kids are sick, to be honest. But I will read to them, and watch movies. When they feel well enough to start playing videogames, that's the signal that they are feeling better.

When I was a kid my Mom used to make a "hot toddy", which was a thimble full of whisky, sugar, and water. Which would be completely unacceptable now, but back then nobody blinked an eye!

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nape said...

My son has severe asthma, so sick days have become a routine of their own. I fix a “bed” on the couch with blankets and pillows, and help him get as comfortable as possible. Usually he wants just water, but occasionally, I’ll give him Diet 7Up or Sprite. I give him food to graze on rather than big meals. He loves movies, so we keep plenty handy to help pass the time.

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Amber said...

Awww little cuties! As a kid my mom always bought me a book to read to keep my busy (Yes I was a nerd, lol). It always comforted me though! :)

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Amber said...

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Megan said...

I give the kids lots of hugs and snuggles, and try to let them do things they like - which usually means watching shows on hulu!

Megan said...

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jillyrh said...

Chicken soup, blankies, lots of tissues with aloe and watching videos

jillyrh said...

Tweeted

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Lexiquin said...

My mother would always feel my forehead/temple with the inside of her wrist (I don't trust my judgment that much). She'd offer me jello, ice cream, and 7-Up. and, if I needed medicine, she'd crush up an aspirin in a spoon of jelly (something I would never do).

Anne J said...

Lots of rest is what helps my kids the most. Plus I let them have soda when they are under the weather.
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Anne J said...

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