When Sick Gets Real

This post has been sponsored by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. All thoughts and reviews are my own.

If there is one thing I have learned time, after time, after time again, it’s that you can’t choose when sickness strikes your house. And there is something about the holidays that make being sick so much worse. Because the thing worse than missing one of your favorite holiday events, is being a parent that has to tell your child they can’t go.

I remember breaking the bad news to Emily one year that she was going to have to miss out. It broke her little heart and she insisted that she had made a “miraculous” recovery and was perfectly fine. But the fever she had and the look in those tired eyes told me otherwise. I’m not sure who cried more that evening.

In our home we go to great lengths to try to keep the germs away, but our attempts aren’t always successful. No matter how hard we try to fight and defend our home from germs, sickness showing its unwelcome face is eventually bound to happen. Having a sick kid is hard, so hard. But there are a few things we’ve learned throughout the years that help to make things a little more manageable.

#1 Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate

On the road to recovery hydration is one of the most important steps we can take. Offering the girls fluids frequently and monitoring their fluid intake helps me to know that they are staying well hydrated.

#2 Keep it clean

From surfaces to dirty hands, keeping germs from spreading to the rest of the house is so important. Wipe, wash, clean and repeat.

#3 Boost Immune systems.

Vitamins, fruits, time in the sun and sleep. Do everything you can to help their immune systems fight through the illness

#4 Show some grace

When sickness strikes life is going to get shuffled. From offering the kids more tv time than usual to realizing that they laundry may not get folded right away. Remember to show your child, and yourself, grace.

#5 Let medication work for you

In our home, we trust the Pfizer Pediatric products like Children’s Advil®Children’s Robitussin®, and Children’s Dimetapp® – to help tackle any illness that may come our way. The Pfizer Pediatric team is there for you with a product for any symptom that might occur. From fevers, coughs and body aches. They have great products to help keep your little ones comfortable while on the road to recovery.


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  • Living on Cloud Nine

    Great Tips and little Cuties Christmas tree is precious just like her!! So girlie! xo

    • Aren’t those darling?! They both have the exact same tree and I just adore how fun and girl they are.

  • Giving yourself and your kid grace is huge!

    • Right?! HUGE! When I was sick a couple weeks ago I was forced to practice that.

  • Sicknesses stink this time of year. And they always seem to get passed all around. I agree with giving grace!

  • Heather Bramlett

    Always give grace 🙂 Having sick babies is the WORSE 🙁 I’ll never forget when Ian woke up on Christmas moring with a 103 fever and the flu….

    • Oh man that had to be TERRIBLE! When Marissa was 2 we spent my birthday eve at urgent care under similar conditions. No fun at all.

  • ellen ross

    OH poor thing 🙁 That’s the worst!
    XO Ellen from Ask Away

  • I received a similar pack from them and we use the meds they provided as needed! Great advice too.

    • Thanks Dara! It was nice to get all stocked up for the sick season.

  • It’s always a bummer when kids get sick around the holidays! Great tips!

    • Total bummer. I just hate them having to miss out. Thank you.

  • We love and use all of these products! We couldn’t live without Children’s Advil! I can’t even tell you how many times it has saved us from going to the hospital for a super high fever!

    • It’s the best ever and Emily doesn’t mind the taste. #winning! It truly is the little things.

  • These tips are spot on! This time of year we’re bound to fall to sickness at some point!

    • Thanks Becky. It really sucks, but sure enough it is bound to happen.

  • Knock on wood, C’s been so healthy this year. Let’s hope it stays that way.

    • I am crossing my everything for you. Being sick SUCKS!

  • Dimetap is seriously my fave! I remember when it was a prescription when I was little. That is one cute girl even if she was sick!

    • She is so flipping sweet, she kills me. That is awesome to have that memory friend. I love having medicines around that this girl doesn’t mind taking. She used to be SO hard. We practically had to tie her down.

  • We have a special homemade bell that we bring out when the kids are sick (okay, adults too)…it’s super cute and brightens up all that time spent in bed. Which actually sounds like a luxurious vacation.

    • That is ADORABLE. I need to see said bell.

  • Lizzie Simantz

    Allowing grace is something I always try and remember!!

    • Yes! I had to show myself LOADS of grace when I was sick a few weeks back. That was TERRIBLE!!!

  • Ugh, sickness as a mom is something I dread. Having a slew of people who are all ill to care for is such a drag! Grace is key! You are one smart mama 🙂

    • I always find myself praying that it’s spaced out or that mama is spared. Thanks friend.

  • Being sick during the holidays just shouldn’t happen! Love these tips and those sweet pictures of Emily!

    • No! It really shouldn’t. One year so missed Christmas, my birthday AND New Year. That was the worst.