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Sick Just Got Real: How do you handle summer germs?

by Leanne

This post has been sponsored by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Friends on slideI have kids, which means it’s a constant struggle to balance the sometimes not-so-clean activities of young kids without becoming the anti-bacterial gel wielding mom. This year has been especially bad and while I’m tempted to sanitize every surface they *might* touch, I also want my kids to be able to just be kids, too. I want to make sure they can see and play with their friends and not miss out on crucial lessons, and I definitely don’t want them missing out on summer fun due to illness. Blueberry pickingTo 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 playground, library, or playdate.
3)    Keep a healthy 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 a fever that came on suddenly and seemed to have no real cause. She was thrilled to have graduated to Children’s products instead of the Infants’ and be able 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 for back to school. Hopefully this illness passes quickly and leaves the rest of us untouched, but if the little one ends up sharing, 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 and not miss out on family fun. Family in Cherry Blossoms upside down sq
You can find out more at SickJustGotReal.com or by visiting the Sick Just Got Real Facebook page.

*It is important to remember to always read and keep the cartons for complete warnings and dosing information on Pfizer Pediatric products and to use as directed

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shelly peterson July 27, 2017 - 11:39 pm

My grandson started to not feel well away from home and threw up all over in the car. I felt so bad for him.

Julie Wood July 28, 2017 - 5:49 am

Sick got real for me when we were on a road trip and my kids got sick and we had to stop and take care of them before we could continue!

shelly July 28, 2017 - 9:58 am

My family had the flu for several weeks this past winter. It was awful!

Will G July 28, 2017 - 2:30 pm

Sick got real for me when I sweat like crazy and then got cold … it happened back and forth. Super miserable.

Cheryl B July 28, 2017 - 2:50 pm

Sick became real for us, during a vacation. Both kids we sick during most of it.

HS July 28, 2017 - 3:22 pm

Kids got sick on our cruise trip, the whole time we stayed in the room and dealt with vomit.

Steve Weber July 28, 2017 - 4:48 pm

Sick got real when people start spreading it in the house slowly one by one…

Edye July 28, 2017 - 5:13 pm

We were on a road trip with no medicine and had to find some at a gas station, ha!

Brenton Strassburg July 28, 2017 - 8:19 pm

When I literally could not leave bed without getting sick.

Margaret S Porter July 29, 2017 - 2:31 am

I hate a Summer cold. Everyone is outside and playing and the kids feel like crud.

heather July 29, 2017 - 12:43 pm

Kid got real for me one time when we took the kids on a trip to the country in the car. I always make sure I have lots of water and clean up materials in the trunk.

Rachel July 29, 2017 - 1:37 pm

Sick got real for my family when we got sick when traveling overseas.

Dan Dykstra July 30, 2017 - 5:33 am

We traveled to CO when my daughter got sick. She tried taking zinc to help her get over her cold. It didn’t help.

Jessica To July 30, 2017 - 8:05 am

Sick got real when my son had a cough at the beach that would keep everybody up at night so we ended up sleeping on the sofa.

Elena July 30, 2017 - 12:26 pm

Sick got real when my son got sick and threw up in the car on a road trip

Chrissy July 30, 2017 - 1:45 pm

The first time my husband and I both got the flu at the same time and our baby was 9 months old and not sick! I can’t imagine how much worse it would have been if she had been sick but seriously trying to parent in between puking is so hard! Not a fun time!

janetfaye July 30, 2017 - 4:13 pm

Sick became real for when my three sons were all sick with a virus and strep throat.

Susan Christy July 30, 2017 - 7:05 pm

Didn’t make it to the restroom before the projectile vomiting started.

Madonna July 31, 2017 - 6:06 am

Right now my sick got real story is about one of my dogs. In just one day she went from healthy to near death. Its been 2 weeks of constant worry and vigilance to make sure she makes it.

Gina M July 31, 2017 - 10:44 am

Sick got real when my son had Scarlet fever this Spring – the same week I started a new job!
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Amanda lea August 1, 2017 - 5:16 pm

My daughter got a red rash all over when she was tiny. So scary!! It quickly resolved Thankfully

Kristen J. August 1, 2017 - 7:01 pm

When we went on a road trip and left behind the backpack filled with medicines at the hotel. We were ridiculously far away by the time I found out but it only made everything worse when the youngest got car sick. It was a memorable trip that’s for sure.

Bridgett Wilbur August 2, 2017 - 5:36 am

Sick got real for me , when we brought are kids to go see there grandparents and my daughter threw up all over the car,

georgie c August 2, 2017 - 9:20 am

When I had a pounding head and stuffed sinuses and could virtually do nothing. Sick became real super fast ugh.

Tee A August 2, 2017 - 10:35 am

I got a stomach bug that made me throw up day and night for 2 days. My daughter started throwing up 1 hour after me and my son got it 2 days later.

Lori Jackson August 3, 2017 - 7:33 am

Sick got REAL when we were travelling from Florida to Canada and my Son got diarhea. It was horrible. We had to just pull over and det a room for the night, losing about 6 hours of driving time for the day.

Sara Zielinski August 3, 2017 - 11:01 am

Fortunately I have not gotten sick while on vacation or a road trip yet.

James Robert August 3, 2017 - 11:53 am

Last year I had all 5 of my kids on the same day come down with being sick Fevers, sore throats, etc. With 5 kids, giving them their normal doses of meds as directed, we go through a bottle a day.

amy stonger August 4, 2017 - 10:20 pm

Sit got real for me when we were in Myrtle Beach. My son had a horrible stomach ache and I was not prepared. I quickly learned my lesson and always travel with my own little first aid kit.

sarah mayer August 5, 2017 - 8:58 am

Sick got real this week when I came down with a terrible flu and have to fly out to NYC for work on Sunday!

Breanna Pollard August 5, 2017 - 9:24 am


Amber Cheras August 5, 2017 - 12:55 pm

Everyone had Strept throat in February and it lasted almost two months. Yikes!

Peggy Damon August 5, 2017 - 2:46 pm

Sick got real in my house when my daughter came down with strep throat….high fever for 3 days, it was the worst!

Katrina Angele August 5, 2017 - 7:14 pm

When my son was a baby he got a high fever suddenly. He ended up having a seizure. It was so scary.

Lizardbrooks99 August 5, 2017 - 8:40 pm

It’s real when ur a single mom with 2 toddlers, and u catch the flu between the 3 of u 5x in a row And miss Lots of work

nicole bowers November 2, 2017 - 9:13 pm

I make sure the kids get plenty of fluids and rest and take their vitamins to minimize the possibility of getting sick! if they do, Vics Vaporub and Robitussin work for me!


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