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All parents know that having a sick tiny human is rough. It’s rough to see them miserable. It’s rough to know what to do and how to help them. And it’s rough to take care of the tired, miserable tiny human, when you just feel tired and miserable yourself.
I am not a perfect parent. Shocker, I know. I have made loads of mistakes when my tiny humans are sick. So, learn from my mistakes, and do not do these things when your toddler is sick with a tummy bug.
Do not give your vomiting toddler a cup of whole milk. Even if your two year old is super convincing and asking you for “ilk” in her sweetest, most convincing voice. You will regret it within a half hour. I promise you. Same thing goes for macaroni and cheese. Stick to the BRAT diet, mamas. Trust me. Instead, keep them hydrated with sips of NEW Little Remedies® Probiotic Plus Electrolytes, and hold off on the milk for a couple days.
Do not google “should I take my kid to the hospital.” I know, it’s super tempting to do some googling and then fall into the black hole of mommy boards where women are telling horror stories and then you instantly think the worst and tell your husband you have to go to the ER, immediately. But resist. Text your level headed friends or call your pediatrician’s after hours line. If you just have to look something up online, at least use a reputable site and not some random message board thread.
Do not think, oh, he’s acting good this morning, lets go to Target. Because then, once you get to Target, you will regret the decision and pray that he doesn’t throw up in the store.. I know you miss Target. I know you’ve been inside your house for 72 hours with no human contact other than social media and your husband. But pukes in a store or pukes in your car are way worse than pukes in your home. And, you’ll probably be so excited to be at Target to get your latte and laundry detergent, that you’ll forget the diaper bag in the car. Stay home, or better yet, have your mom come over to watch the tiny humans and go to Target alone.
Do not let your other toddler drink out of the sick toddler’s cup. I know, they’re tiny and you can’t watch them every second and they love to share germs. But if possible, quarantine that sick toddler and keep him away from his baby sister. Chances are, if she grabs that sippy cup, she will get sick as soon as he starts feeling better. When you have a sick tiny human, all screen time rules no longer apply. Let your well child watch the iPad all day long to keep her away from the sick one on the couch watching Netflix.
Do not start cleaning up the towels you have lining your carpet when she hasn’t puked in 6 hours. This is a rookie mistake. I keep my house in sick tiny human mode for at least 24 hours after the last puke episode. I line my carpets in old towels, keep puke pails in every room my toddler may be in, and cover my couch in a water proof mattress pad. And always make sure there’s a puke bucket in every room your sick toddler may be in.
I like to be prepared, because it’s so annoying when you need something for your miserable toddler and you don’t have it. Which is why I keep a go-to sick tiny human basket. I have it all organized in one spot, so it’s easily accessible in the middle of the night, because isn’t that when sickness always strikes tiny humans.
Sick Tiny Human Basket:
-NEW Little Remedies® Probiotic Plus Electrolytes
-Back up thermometer in case you think the first one isn’t working.
-OTC fever reducers (and a print out of easy to read dosing instructions.)
– Soft washcloth to put on foreheads.
-Saline spray for congestion.
-Saline wipes for crusty noses
-Old towels for any puke incidents–kept inside our “puke pail.”
I found the BRAND NEW Little Remedies® Probiotic Plus Electrolytes in the digestive care aisle at Target, not in the baby aisle where you may think you’d find it. You can also find other Little Remedies® products there: Little Remedies® Gripe Water and Little Remedies® Gas Relief Drops. AND until May 14, you get a $5 Target gift card just for buying one box of Little Remedies® NEW Probiotic Plus Electrolytes!
When my little ones are hit with a icky stomach bug, I know how important keeping them hydrated is. Little Remedies® NEW Probiotic Plus Electrolytes is ideal for rehydrating tiny humans, with electrolytes to provide vital minerals and nutrients to help support hydration. It contains 5 billion active cultures of the probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG, which helps keep the digestive system in balance and supports immune function. (These statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.) I believe probiotics are vital to keeping their little bellies healthy, and I always up their probiotics when my tiny humans have “yucky poops” or puking. I love that it combines the probiotics and the electrolytes in one convenient package.
I love using Little Remedies® products on my tiny humans. Not only is Little Remedies® a brand I trust, but I know it’s a safe choice for my children. Little Remedies® NEW Probiotic Plus Electrolytes doesn’t have any artificial flavors, dyes, or parabens and it’s gluten free. It’s a yummy berry flavor, and Emmy totally approves.
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What do you do when you have a tiny human down with a tummy bug? Let me know in the comments!