This post has been sponsored by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare and 20th Century Fox. All thoughts and reviews are my own.
We’ve all been there.
Your son throws up in the middle of the night. Or your daughter starts running a fever.
When my kids are home sick, I want them to be comforted and get plenty of rest to help them fight whatever bug it is they’re dealing with. I like to set them up on the couch (we have a sectional, and the corner spot is the coziest – and most coveted – spot, so I set them up there) with pillows and plenty of blankets. If they’re dealing with a cold, tissues and a trash can are nearby. If they’ve got a stomach bug, I give them a bucket and some clear soda to sip on and help settle their stomach.
It’s also crucial to have a plan for entertainment on sick days. I know that might sound frivolous at first – I mean, they’re sick! They should just lay on the couch quietly and rest, right?
But if you’re a parent, you know all too well the cycle that happens. They’ll start to feel a little better, and then will want to run around the house in their typical crazy fashion. Then they overdo it and feel worse than they did to begin with!
That’s why I like to have an arsenal of movies and shows to keep my kids occupied when they’re sick, so they don’t get restless and try to do more than they should. And hey, laughter is the best medicine, right?
We’re still in the midst of cold and flu season (boo!) so it’s a great time to go ahead and put together a sick day survival kit. Here are some suggestions for items to include:
- Medicine – we keep Children’s Advil® Suspension, Grape, Children’s Robitussin® Cough & Chest Congestion, and Children’s Dimetapp® Cough & Cold on hand.
- Entertainment – you can find great deals on movies your kids will love, and that will take their mind off of being sick. Our kids’ current fave is Ice Age: Collision Course. I don’t know if I’ve ever heard them laugh SO much at a movie before!
- Ice pack – keep these in the freezer. If your little one is suffering a fever, wrap an ice pack in a towel for some relief from the heat.
- Clear soda – keep small cans on hand. This is great for settling stomachs, and a little can is the perfect size so none is wasted.
- Heating pad – if your child gets the flu, a warm (not too hot!) heating pad can help ease any aches they’re dealing with.
Find these Pfizer Pediatrics medicines at Target to stock your Sick Day Survival Kit (click the links for the Target Cartwheel coupon offers, good through February 20!):
- Ease those aches and pains, while reducing a child’s fever fast with Children’s Advil®, a great solution for kids as young as 2 and up to 11. Children’s Advil® comes in several great-tasting flavors, including: Sugar-free Dye-free Berry, Bubble Gum, Grape, Blue Raspberry, Fruit and Dye-Free White Grape flavors. There’s also Infants’ Advil® White Grape, which provides unsurpassed fever relief among OTC pain relievers with a syringe for easy dosing for children 6-23 months.
- Formulated just for kids, Children’s Robitussin® DM Day/Night Pack (Children’s Robitussin® Cough & Chest Congestion and Children’s Robitussin® Nighttime Cough for ages 6+) non-drowsy daytime formula helps break up chest congestion, while the long-acting nighttime formula relieves coughs and runny noses to help kids get the rest they need.
- All in a great tasting grape flavor, Children’s Dimetapp® Cold & Cough tackles a child’s most bothersome stuffy and runny noses, all while working to relieve cough, for ages 6+.
And check out these fun 20th Century Fox DVDs for the perfect entertainment option (again,click the links for the Target Cartwheel coupon offers, good through February 20!):
- Ice Age Collision Course: Your favorite ICE AGE heroes are back and cooler than ever in this all-new animated adventure that’s mammoth-sized fun for the whole family! Now the entire herd—including Buck, Manny, Ellie, Sid and Diego—must work together on a hilarious journey filled with nonstop action and colorful new characters, in order to survive the global Scrat-tastrophe!
- The Peanuts Movie: Dream big and laugh along with good ol’ Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the beloved Peanuts gang as you’ve never seen them before — in a brand-new feature film from the imagination of Charles M. Schulz and the creators of Ice Age. Join everyone’s favorite eternal optimist, Charlie Brown, as he embarks on a heroic quest, while his beagle pal Snoopy takes to the skies to pursue his archnemesis, the Red Baron. It’s a hilarious and heartwarming adventure that proves every underdog has his day!
- The Sandlot: Tom Guiry plays Scotty Smalls, the shy new kid on the block who wants to join the rowdy pickup baseball team that plays every day in the neighborhood sandlot. The summer passes blissfully as Scotty learns to play ball under the wing of Benny Rodriguez (Mike Vitar), the oldest and best player, as well as Ham, Squints, Repeat and the rest of the kid-eccentrics. The skies darken, however, when Benny literally knocks the stuffing out of the team’s only baseball, a sign of impending doom, or worse, bad luck. Wanting to set things right, Scotty returns home and “borrows” his stepfather’s ball, which he promptly uses to hit his first home run, knocking the ball clear out of the sandlot into mean old Mr. Mertle (James Earl Jones)’s junkyard, home to Mertle’s legendary guard dog The Beast.