9 Tips to Soothe Sick Toddlers

December 18, 2015 by Jenny Melrose

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This is a sponsored post on behalf of Maty’s Healthy Products, but all opinions are my own.

There is nothing worse than a sick kiddo.  It’s especially hard when it’s a toddler because they have a limited vocabulary as it is and it’s difficult for them to communicate how they’re feeling.  We can usually tell how our girls feel by looking at their eyes.   They get those glossy feverish looking eyes that make me go into super mom mode who’s sole purpose is to soothe my sick little one.

9 Tips to Soothe Sick Toddlers

9 Tips to Soothe Sick Toddlers

Get them in the most comfortable clothes possible.  If your child is most comfortable in jammies then put them in a fresh pair of jammies.  Both of my girls still wear footy pajamas and if I would let my kindergartner wear her footies to school every day she probably would.  I truly believe that pajamas are the first step in soothing sick toddlers.

Give them a lukewarm bath.  I find that a bath always helps soothe my girls.  If they are running a fever it helps get their entire body temperature down.  I also like to put epsom salts and a drop of my favorite essential oil into the water with them.  They always seem more relaxed and less irritable when they come out of the bath.

Use Maty’s All Natural Vapor Rub.  Anytime my girls seem to get sick they always have some type of congestion with it.  I rub Maty’s All Natural Vapor Rub on the bottoms of their feet and on their chest as well.  I love knowing that it does not contain any harmful chemicals and they are still getting cough and congestion relief.  Plus, it is gentle on their skin, which is key when you have children that are fair like my Riley.

Tips for soothing

Diffuse therapeutic grade essential oils.  I have officially used essential oils for a year now and one of my absolute favorite ways to use our Young Living oils is via a diffuser.  Both of our girls have a diffuser in their rooms and they love picking out their oil of the night.  My go-to is RC or lavender when they are not feeling well and they are both part of the starter kit.  You can find out more info here.

Tip for Soothing a Sick Toddler with Maty's Cough Syrup

Use Maty’s All Natural Cough Syrup for Children.  Last year, Riley had a crazy cough that I  could not get to stop.  Joe had already made the move down to North Carolina so I was home with both girls by myself and I called my neighbor and asked her to go to the store to get her something to make the cough stop.  My neighbor came back with eight different types of cough medicine.  I reached for Maty’s All Natural Cough Syrup first because I saw that it had antioxidant-rich buckwheat honey.  Within minutes the cough was under control.  I love knowing that I’m not giving her anything that will cause side effects.  You can learn more about Maty’s All Natural Products on their Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram & Twitter.

Tips for Soothing Coughs

Find quiet activities that keep them busy, but still.  When my girls get bored, havoc usually ensues.  They become irritated when they’re bored and sick.  Both of my girls love their Magnetic Stick n Stack Blocks and they’ll sit and play with them quietly for hours when they feel well so they last at least thirty minutes when they’re sick.  I also love having them color with Mess Free Coloring Books.    These books are great because the girls can lay on the couch and color without worrying about getting it on the couch because the markers only work in the books.

Tips for Soothing when sick with still activities

Keep them hydrated.  I’m not one to give my girls juice.  I’ve only started giving them orange juice in the morning.  When they’re sick though I add a little bit of apple juice to their water.  As long as they stay hydrated, I’m happy.

Feed them clear broth soups.  This goes back to keeping them hydrated, but if they have a cough it will also help soothe their throats.  The clear broth is best because it is likely to not add to any congestion that they are already experiencing.  Our Veggie Noodle Soup is my go-to because it also has kale and carrots, which give them those healthy nutrients they need to help them get better faster.

Vegetable Noodle Soup

Apply gentle massage or touch.  Sometimes it’s as simple as rubbing their back or temples. My girls love having their faces caressed and it helps them relax.  It’s as if it makes their eyelids heavy with sleep, which is often the number one thing that they need.  You know your children best.  Stay calm and relax them because that will be the best medicine.



7 thoughts on “9 Tips to Soothe Sick Toddlers

  1. Jennifer Fishkind says:

    Seriously running to the store to get this cough syrup right now! I haven’t heard of it before, but going to give it a try! Perfect timing!

    1. Jenny says:

      We love their products. The chest rub is amazing as well!

  2. Leigh Anne says:

    Thanks for all the great tips Jenny. I always know my kids are getting sick by their eyes too

    1. Jenny says:

      Thanks so much Leigh Anne!

  3. I love these helpful tips… Thank you for sharing!

    1. Jenny says:

      Thanks Desi! I’m glad you found them helpful!

  4. Cora says:


    Great piece – but there are

    only 6, maybe 7 tips.

    The headline says 9


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