Helping Your Sick Child Feel Better
UNDERSTANDING how your child will behave when he or
she feels unwell-in particular, down with the
flu-will allow you to help him or her feel more
comfortable, and boost your own tolerance. It's not
easy having a sick child at home.
Never hesitate to visit the doctor if you feel
unsure, or if your child is particularly ill.
When tactile children feel unwell, they can become
physically very needy, and it will not be enough to
sit them on the couch to watch TV or read a book.
They will expect to sit on you and be continuously
cuddled until better.
they improve, they will insist upon your helping
them to do things, as they hate being immobile.
This frustration can lead to a few half-hearted
physical tantrums and various spills as they
physically complain about how they are feeling.
They will want everything to be within reach, so set
them up with a table beside them with various needed
items, and expect a bit of mess. Don't make a
fuss-it will be over soon enough.
Auditory children are very whiny when sick. They
like verbal communication, the humming sound helps
to unblock their ears, and complaining just makes
them feel better. The auditory child's ears are
sensitive, so the plugged ears, head congestion or
ear pressure from a cold will make her feel
unpleasant, disorientated and out of sorts.
may also find that children will resist some chewy
or crunchy foods, as eating them may cause an
unpleasant sensation in their ear canals. Try to be
patient, minimise noise and do everything you can to
assist in decongestion-hot showers, gentle nose
blowing and appropriate medication recommended by
They will become extra sensitive to noise, so try to
keep it down and be patient.
Visual children will become fussy about very minute
things when they are feeling unwell. The curtains
are not in the middle; the photo isn't hanging
straight; the desk light is too bright. This is
simply because placing things in order makes them
feel better, so in their effort to soldier on they
can become finicky.
your visual child suddenly stops caring about visual
appearance-her hair is messy, he doesn't want to
wear his favourite T-shirt-you can guess he or she
really must be feeling unwell.
Likewise, when they start to get worried by their
red nose, or notice how the chicken soup is not in
the right bowl, you can be confident they are on the
great thing about visual children is they are easily
entertained once quarantined in their beds or sofa.
Reading, TV and simply watching what's happening
will easily distract them.
Taste and smell
Taste and smell children can become easily hurt if
they don't receive the attention they want, and they
can hold a grudge.
This can be somewhat unrealistic, as they will
expect the same amount of attention they would give
you if you were sick, which is an awful lot. They
will be clingy and need a huge amount of attention.
Since their main information sense-taste and/or
smell-is dulled, everything will feel off. Food will
taste funny, things will smell wrong and so their
usual comforts are gone.
There isn't much you can do, other than wait and
assure them they will get better very soon. And in
the meantime, lots of cuddles, chicken soup and
perhaps a visit from an old friend or family member.