After 3 weeks of strep-throat and flu in our house during the month of February, I thought I'd share something I started when Matthew was 3 and have done ever since.
Since I didn't have much else on the brain besides who needs to take what medicine next, this tip is about getting sick kids to drink plenty of fluids: SET YOUR TIMER! Give the little whipper snapper a bottle of water, ginger ale, sports drink* or whatever and set your kitchen timer for 10 or 15 minutes. Each time the timer goes off, they take a drink. It becomes like a game for them, ensures they are keeping hydrated and takes the pressure off of both of you to constantly watch the clock.
To help Steven (5yo)- who got tired of the timer thing real fast- I told him to take a drink each time a commercial came on during his cartoons. That worked better for him because it made him feel more in control of his situation. Plus, he would take a drink with EACH commercial rather than with each commercial break, so he took in more fluid than I even expected.
The boys also like getting broth in a sippy cup for lunch or dinner. Matthew may be 10, but he still likes that one when he's sick.
*I know many people don't like to give kids sports drinks because of the sugar content, but when they are sick I give them whatever they will drink. Sometimes the treat of getting something they usually don't get is incentive enough to drink it all up.
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