Its always rough when one of the crew goes down with a bug, but when its the smaller, none-talker its that bit more tough!
See, you know yourself that when you’re entering barf city, the last thing you want to do is drink, eat or engage in unnecessary interactions.. But unfortunatley as parents, though we may notice changes we never TRULY know until the throwing up commences.
And that’s when panic sets in, mountains of stinky sicky washing, calling into work and looking after a poorly toddler who doesn’t do personal space (resulting in you too, catching the wonderful array of variants of sickness bugs)
So the last thing you want to worry about is how to keep that little sicky one hydrated..I put together a few tips I’ve learnt on my parenting journey.. To save you time.
磻 Start simple, a special cup?
Does your child have a favorite cup? Maybe their brothers out of bound cup? Cool! Go with that, with small amounts so there’s no ‘guzzling’ – resulting in that speciality exorcist sick!
磻 Fruit shoots? The novelty is maybe worth it.. And of course you can shove whatever you like in there,tip away the drink and just use the bottle be it for ;water and a dioralyt sachet, Vitamins in the squash.. Any antibiotics you need to get in?
磻Toddler tea party, if your toddler can tip their own water/squash they’re more likely to drink out of a tiny toy plastic cup than a real one! (warning… Do not attempt milk you’ll regret that, not only for the throwing up, but for if they pour it and it sticks in your rug or something 濫)
磻 Curly wurly straws- something a little exciting about a curly wurly straw!
磻Bath time syringe? Shove them in the bath, pop a cup of dioralyt and water on the side of the bath, and let them syringe it in their own mouth. Play, shooting it into their mouth.
磻Another good one for in the bath,a bowl of (whatever liquid your heart desires) Pretend ice cream and a spoon! A bit of pretend play spooning ice cream into each others mouths!
磻Don’t steal my drink! One I’ve played many a time, pour yourself a delicious drink of whatever you want them to have, remind them how silly and cheeky it is to drink mommys/daddys/anyones drink and then giggle and pretend tell off if they drink some (this is great for the rebellious type)
磻Ice lollys- desperate times call for desperate measures and ice lollys can cool down and hydrate and give a bit of sugar too!
Do you have any tips?
*signs of dehydration : Dry tongue and dry lips.
No tears when crying.
Fewer than six wet diapers per day (for infants), and no wet diapers or urination for eight hours (in toddlers).
Sunken soft spot on infant’s head.
Dry and wrinkled skin.
Deep, rapid breathing.
Cool and blotchy hands and feet.
Please consult medical help if your child is poorly. *