Saturday, May 14, 2005

Your Sick Child...

by Eliza Ferree

What do you do when you first think your child is sick? I'll give you a second to respond to this.
For me I place my hand to their head, if it's warm I start looking for a thermometer. Others may try pressing their lips to the forehead. Have you been to the store to look for them now? There are millions, so many they should have their own aisle.

Here are a few that I have found comforting. Safety 1st is right up there with Vicks. Why you ask? Well, I know both names from other products I use, I mean who hasn't used the safety 1st plug in things, or gates? As for Vicks, you've most likely taken Vicks and slapped it on your own chest or put it in a humidifier. Right?

The safety 1st thermometer is clear and has a blue button at the end of it. Push the button. Wait for the L to appear and stick it in your mouth. Wait to hear the buzzing and it's done. Read your temperature. Yes, it's that easy and you don't have to worry about keeping track of time since it has the built in timer.

Of course as I mentioned in another blog before, they have the pacifier thermometers but I'd only use this for those that actually use a pacifier. Make sure it is a child using them and not trying to get off of them. You may end up getting him/her off the pacifier just to like these.
Vicks has a solution you put in your humidifier to clear up the passages. I will warn you it can get very strong but it does do the trick, they now have a Vicks humidifier too. I'm going to have to check this out and see how much I like it. I know I like their vapor rubs so pretty sure I'll like these as well. Don't forget they too have the thermometer.

You've figured out your child is sick but now it's time to take the medicine. How do you do it? You could try having them plug their nose until they swallow but that doesn't always work. They have a spoon now that measures the medicine and plugs it up so that none spills out while you are trying to feed it to your child. This will also work great for those that need to run out of the house for a while. Pour it in this spoon, cap it and go. Later you can uncap it and give it to your child. Your child may not like the idea but they'll get better faster.

What's worse a sick child or a child that is better because you gave them the medicine on time? Yes, they may kick and scream. They may tell you they hate you, but in the end they will thank you for making them better. If you need another reason, think of it this way, at least you won't have to be catering to a sick child.

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