What to do if your child gets the flu Unfortunately, preventative measures against the flu don’t guarantee children will stay healthy. If your child comes down with the flu, soothe symptoms and speed up recovery with these 4 simple strategies.
1.) Create an atmosphere for resting and relaxation. Trying to get a child to sleep while sick can be quite the challenge! Instead of telling your little ones to sleep, focus attention on creating an atmosphere that will entice them to shut their eyes. Simply dim the lights, grab some blankets, and turn on a movie!
2.) Cook up a bowl of chicken soup. During cooking, chicken releases Cysteine, an amino acid that thins mucus and calms symptoms like coughing and plugged noses. The best part is you don’t have to make soup from scratch because studies show that most supermarket brands have the same effect!
3.) Relieve symptoms naturally with essential oils. Essential oils are more popular than ever because of their aromatic and healing properties. You can use essential oils to combat flu symptoms as a compress, steam treatment, chest rub, or diffusing. Learn which essential oils you can use to fight the flu here. Hint- Lavender oil is great for getting children to fall asleep!
4.)Keep your kids hydrated Make sure that you give your child plenty of fluids – including water and Drip Drop – before they tell you they are thirsty. Dehydration can intensify symptoms and is one of the main reasons children sick with the flu end up in the Emergency Room.
Bonus Tip: If your children become fatigued by drinking too often, consider freezing Drip Drop in ice trays to make a chilly treat that not only soothes sore throats, but also provides advanced hydration!
How do you soothe symptoms of the flu and speed up recovery?