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4 Health Hacks for Kids

By Brandi Goodman

Kids are among the largest age group that experience frequent sickness. They're also the most difficult to treat. It can be tough to get them to take their medication, rest as needed, and follow the rules in order to recover promptly. With some health hacks for kids in mind, you can help your child get through their illness a bit easier.

Give Them Cough Drop Suckers

Most cough drops are choking hazards for young children. It can be difficult to get them to safely keep them in their mouths and use them long enough to help diminish the cough they're experiencing. Cough drop suckers are actually available now. This gives them a stick to hold and a fun way to use the cough drop without worry of choking. They have a mild flavor as well -- much more suitable for children than the adult versions.

Follow the BRAT Diet

The BRAT diet is recommended when you're feeling ill. Try to remember this for yourself and your kiddos when sickness sets in. Bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast are the few things people tend to keep down when they're feeling nauseous. It will get something in your child's stomach without irritating it too much. 

Put a Vapor Rub on the Feet

Vapor rub was intended to be put on the chest. The strong scent is supposed to help open up the airways and get people breathing better during a cold. Now, people are suggesting rubbing it on the soles of the feet before sleep. This can work well for a child fussy about the strong-scented mess that doesn't smell too great. Make sure to put a pair of socks on your child afterward so it doesn't get rubbed into the bedding. They should be breathing easier come morning. 

DIY a Dish Soap Ice Pack

Kids are prone to bruises. Having ice packs on hand can help ensure you can soothe them. Even if you don't have an ice pack, you can make a DIY option that works just as well. Freeze dish soap inside a sandwich bag for just two hours. It will be gel-like instead of so solid, easier for children to get comfortable with. 

Dealing with a sick child is never easy, but with these hacks in mind, you can at least get through it a bit better. It's best to find the simplest solutions when it comes to helping a child through their illness. It will make the whole process less stressful for you both.

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