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Parenting: when sick gets real

by Leanne

This post has been sponsored by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Carter's Sibling ShirtsI’ve got three little kids, all of whom have independent schedules and loads of interaction with other kids. This basically means that cold and flu season is a constant struggle to stay healthy, and to minimize any illness that hits home. This year has been especially bad and there hasn’t even been one day that the kids’ classes were full or there weren’t a few last-minute playdate cancellations due to illness. 

I can’t have them live in a bubble or sanitize every surface they *might* touch, so what’s a parent to do? I want to make sure they can see and play with their friends and not miss out on crucial lessons, but I definitely don’t want them bringing home every little sniffle that goes through their classes. Awesome Science Party friends 2To combat illness, we implement these basic rules for keeping healthy:
1)    Wash hands frequently, and make sure kids know how to wash properly.
2)    Staying home when we’re sick – no need to send the illness around the school, family, or playground.
3)    Keep a good routine. With healthy amounts of activity, good diets, and plenty of sleep, we manage to avoid quite a few illnesses a year.

But, if the worst does happen and the kids do come down with whatever sickness is going around? Pfizer Consumer Healthcare has three solutions when sick gets real: Children’s Advil®, Children’s Robitussin® and Children’s Dimetapp®. Pfizer productsChildren’s Advil® eases those aches and pains, while reducing a child’s fever fast for kids as young as 2 and up to 11. Children’s Advil® comes in several great-tasting flavors, including: Sugar-free Dye-free Berry, Bubble Gum, Grape, Blue Raspberry, Fruit and Dye-Free White Grape flavors. There’s also Infants’ Advil® White Grape, which provides fever relief with a syringe for easy dosing for children 6-23 months.*

Children’s Robitussin® Extended-Release 12 Hour Cough Relief to control and relieve symptoms all-day or all-night. Available in grape or orange flavor, for children ages 4 and up {some Children’s Robitussin® products are only suitable for children ages 6 and up}.*

Children’s Dimetapp® Multi-Symptom Cold Relief Dye-Free eases your child’s stuffy and runny nose, while quieting a bothersome cough. All in a great-tasting grape flavor that’s dye-free, for children ages 6 and up.*Pfizer AdvilOur bottle of Children’s Advil® arrived just in time as my littlest was battling her first illness of the year. This was her first time graduating to the Children’s products instead of the Infants’, and this little big girl was thrilled to drink her medicine out of cup instead of a syringe. It may be a little thing, but seeing her this happy to take medicine makes my day so much better, and it adds a little joy to dealing with sickness. Pfizer all done with medicineThen, we used the other products to restock our medicine cabinet from last year and have on hand for the older two. Hopefully this illness passes quickly and leaves the rest of us untouched, but if the little one ends up sharing or picking up a bug from school, at least we’ve got what we need. Pfizer sick just gpt real 2 Nothing is sadder than watching your kids struggle with an illness, and I love that I can plan ahead and keep what we need in stock to make kids feel better and get back to being the fun and crazy kids that they are. Kiddos on Valentines Day smallYou can find out more at SickJustGotReal.com or by visiting the Sick Just Got Real Facebook page.

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shelly peterson January 30, 2017 - 11:08 pm

Sick is getting real right now. My son got sick last week, passed it on to me and I am still sick and now my grandson is getting sick.

lisa brown January 31, 2017 - 1:07 am

Any time the kids had the flu, it got real; flu is really hard on the little ones.

Janet W. January 31, 2017 - 4:20 am

Sick got real for us when my daughters and I all had the flu at the same time. We all three sat in my bed with buckets in our laps. It was horrible and we all felt rotten!

Julie Wood January 31, 2017 - 5:39 am

Sick got real for me when my son got real sick before his birthday party and he got a fever and was vomiting. It was a scary thing to go through!

Mami2jcn January 31, 2017 - 6:20 am

It was very real when my son threw up all over his bed.

Lauren January 31, 2017 - 6:50 am

Sick got real when my kids and husband were all sick at the same time.

Elena January 31, 2017 - 8:57 am

Sick got real when my whole family got sick and we spent days in bed

Bridgett Wilbur January 31, 2017 - 9:09 am

It got real for me when I had to pick my daughter up from school and she puked all over the car.

Chrissy January 31, 2017 - 9:11 am

The first time we all got the flu after we had kids was when sick got very real for me. It’s so hard to function when sick but as a parent you don’t have a choice so that was incredibly hard!

Stephanie Phelps January 31, 2017 - 9:55 am

Sick got real for me when all four of my kids and my husband and I were all sick at once with the flu!

Cindy Merrill January 31, 2017 - 10:52 am

Sick got real for me when the bad case of the Flu ruined Christmas for my family. We all were very sick.

Kelly D January 31, 2017 - 11:23 am

Sick got real for me when we had the stomach flu hit before Christmas.

janetfaye January 31, 2017 - 11:24 am

Sick got real for me when my son and I were ill from a virus for almost two weeks.

shirley January 31, 2017 - 12:28 pm

Sick got real for me when 2 days before Christmas I had kids,8 in all, dropping like flies with sickness. and of course hubby gets sick. So it was prepare for Christmas, food, family, shopping, etc, and 6 0f 8 kids sick, and hubby too. This was a long Christmas break, but so glad they did get sick and better during break.

Melissa Cunningham January 31, 2017 - 12:44 pm

I had to reschedule my sons birthday when I came down with the flu

heather January 31, 2017 - 1:11 pm

Sick got real for me like a month ago and it took me like three weeks to get over it.

Jessica To January 31, 2017 - 1:26 pm

Sick got real for us a couple of years ago when it was the day after Christmas, my son had strep throat symptoms and my only vehicle wouldn’t start.

Natalie January 31, 2017 - 2:26 pm

Sick got real for me when my whole family got a bad flu virus and transferred it to me. I was out of commission for a few weeks!

Stephanie Grant January 31, 2017 - 2:50 pm

Sick just got real this past weekend for me. My son woke up with a bad stomach ache and vomiting, by Sunday night the whole house was sick with the same yucky stomach bug!

kelly tupick January 31, 2017 - 3:03 pm

Sick got real for me when me and my husband and my daughter all came down with the flu the morning of Thanksgiving. It was awful, we had to skip Thanksgiving that year with the family.

sus January 31, 2017 - 4:02 pm

Sick just got real today as we were in a hurry and getting ready to get in the car…my little one started vomiting. We didn’t make it our destination…well even out of the driveway.

Steve Weber January 31, 2017 - 5:29 pm

sick got real for me when I was on vacation in Las Vegas.

Nicole Martin January 31, 2017 - 5:44 pm

Sick got real for me when my son threw up allllll over me!

Rachel January 31, 2017 - 6:03 pm

Sick got real for me yesterday when I came down with a wicked head cold. I got plenty of rest today, increased my fluids and took some Advil.

Brent January 31, 2017 - 6:25 pm

Sick got real when I was in bed for like 24 hours (except for when I had to run to the bathroom) and couldn’t eat anything, I lost like 7 pounds that day.

DEBIJOT January 31, 2017 - 6:53 pm

Sick got real for me when my son got sick in the car on the way to school.

Susan Smith January 31, 2017 - 6:56 pm

Sick got real for me when myself, my husband and our two children were all sick at the same time.

ellen beck January 31, 2017 - 7:04 pm

Sick got real for me a couple of weeks ago. Not to give too much info but stuff was coming out everywhere by everyone. Not a good time.

Amy Stonger January 31, 2017 - 7:23 pm

I was so sick Christmas morning. The kids even waited for me to open their gifts but I felt horrible.

Hannah C January 31, 2017 - 10:38 pm

Sick got real for me when I had hand, food, and mouth disease. That was the worst sickness I can remember feeling.

Cheryl B February 1, 2017 - 3:21 am

Sick got real when everyone in my home was sick at the same time.

Elle February 1, 2017 - 9:25 am

Sick got real when my son vomited all over the backseat and floor of the car.

Shelly Dixon February 1, 2017 - 11:18 am

I’ve been sick this week and my two girls are sick too. It’s awful.

jan February 1, 2017 - 12:44 pm

I do not get sick often, but once we were all down at the same time. No fun.

DailyWoman (Lacey) February 1, 2017 - 7:58 pm

Just a couple of weeks ago a head cold went through our whole family including myself. When I get sick I still have to continue on so its nice to have some meds that help me do that.

Seyma Shabbir February 1, 2017 - 9:19 pm

Every time I get sick my sugar level goes up! As a diabetic it always get ugly so I am really careful about washing my hands and not shaking hands or touching others who aren;t family.

Laurajj Jacobson February 1, 2017 - 9:25 pm

Sick got real for us last week when our little one was sent home from school with a temp. He slept all day…and ended up in Urgent care as his ear and throat started hurting really bad during the night. Ended up having an ear infection and Strep. UGH…poor little guy…so hard to see them not feeling well and hurting.

Vanessa Flores February 2, 2017 - 8:42 am

Sick got real when we were all running to the bathroom at the same time to vomit and had a stomach bug with one bathroom.

latanya February 2, 2017 - 8:54 am

sick got real when my hubsand and I were both really sick, so we had to hope and pray that our son would not get sick from either of us

Sarah Hayes February 2, 2017 - 5:09 pm

the other night when my LO woke up sick and we didnt get much sleep was real

Starla February 2, 2017 - 7:48 pm

Funny that I come across this because sick just got so real for me this past Monday when I had a day full of interviews when I had to cancel all of them because on the way to preschool I had a car full of vomit. So, safe to say I was a nurse the entire day for my little one!

Thomas Murphy February 2, 2017 - 8:56 pm

sick got real when me and my son both got sick at the same time.

Kristen February 3, 2017 - 12:21 am

I once had to board a plane home with a cold and it was the only time I got airsick…miserable!

Barbara Montag February 3, 2017 - 12:26 am

Sick got so real for us when nasty colds hit us all on Thanksgiving.
Of course no turkey for us!
thank you

Tee Anderson February 3, 2017 - 5:44 am

2 years ago both kids got ear infections, then I for the first time got an ear infection. No fun. 🙁

mark thompson February 3, 2017 - 7:59 am

When all 3 of my children had the stomach bug at the same time!

laura bernard February 3, 2017 - 10:35 am

Sick got real for me when I ended up with pnemonia!

Michelle R February 3, 2017 - 3:55 pm

Sick got sick for me the day my daughter was running a fever, my husband was out of town and suddenly I was coming down with the same thing. We have no family in town so I was really stressed. I’d love to be able to clean out my medicine cabinet with some stuff that isn’t expired to have on hand.

Dana Rodriguez February 3, 2017 - 5:47 pm

Sick got real for me just last week. We shared the flu. Not good times.

Margaret S Porter February 3, 2017 - 6:11 pm

My mom who is bedbound got sick a month ago .shes just getting over it. That got real to me!

Cassie Eastman February 3, 2017 - 6:49 pm

My kids caught hand, foot and mouth last summer. Instead of all catching it at once, my youngest caught it first and it lasted for over a week (he also got an ear infection), then my 5 year old for another week, then my 7 year old. We were home sick and miserable for a month!

Tonya Mcminn February 4, 2017 - 11:03 am

Sick got real for me when I ended up with a sinus infection which than turned into bronchitis

Jessica February 4, 2017 - 12:47 pm

Sick got real for me when my daughter started school and brought home all of the germs. The whole house got sick at once.

Melissa T February 5, 2017 - 5:52 pm

Sick is real for us currently because our family is battling the flu.

Sarah Mayer February 7, 2017 - 8:04 am

Sick got real for me when I had to travel to MN for 10 days to do a swim wear event all at the same time just coming down with a cold.

Tabathia B February 7, 2017 - 5:09 pm

Recently when my daughter had the flu and she ended up in the children’s ed due to her fever

amanda lea February 7, 2017 - 5:12 pm

My daughter was having episodes of throwing up when she was tiny. It was terrifying but thankfully it passed!


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