Winter has been tough on our family this year. Stomach virus has blown through twice, colds, and seasonal allergies on top of it all. It’s awful to see my kids sick, but it’s an inevitable part of the season. We’ll get through it, and so will you! Read on for a few resources to help you through this rough patch.
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If your sweet cherubs are like mine, it’s hard to hold them down when they’re sick. One Popsicle, and they think they’re well enough to head on out to the playground. Sorry, bud, gotta stay in bed. It can be even harder on brothers and sisters stuck in the house for days or weeks… or months… on end waiting for everyone to be healthy enough to get back to normal life.
I’ll share a few of our favorite streaming resources for your little sickies, and a couple suggestions for what to do when YOU are sick. Because the only thing worse than having sick kids is being sick with sick kids.
I hope you all feel better soon. This, too, shall pass.
Reading About Being Sick
When You’re Sick…
When I’m sick I crave the familiar. Chicken noodle soup, ginger ale, saltines, and old movies that I can watch or just ignore and fall asleep. For my kids, I have a stash of Sick books to pull out. The familiar characters always send the same message: just rest and you’ll feel better soon. Easier said than done, but at least they might lay still while listening to a familiar story in bed.
Germs Are Not for Sharing is a good reminder about stopping the spread of icky germs by washing your hands. Keep those kids separated, wash up, and hope for the best!
Blow Your Nose, Big Bad Wolf is a humorous take on the old, familiar tale with a Wolf who is more sneezy than scary!
We just love Bear. Bear Feels Sick is such a sweet story with Bear’s friends all pitching in to help him feel better. Then his poor forest friends get sick! Hmmm sounds just like our family.
Achoo! and Germs Make Me Sick! take a closer look at what’s going on with your body when you’re sick. My oldest inquisitor loves this kind of book – fun facts presented in an easy-to-understand and memorable way.
Get on the Magic School Bus! Inside Ralphie takes us on an adventure with Miss Frizzle and the class into our sick friend, Ralphie. One of our very favorites.
Shows About Sick Kids
Two healthy kids and one sick one? You can bet that sick one is laying in bed, watching TV until his eyes are ready to pop out. We have one little TV with a Fire Stick that I move into their rooms when they are sick. We are all streaming – no cable – so it really works out well when someone is down for the count.
Some Random Lady’s Sick Kids Playlist
Stories, songs, and science about being sick. For the inquisitive sickies in your family. The end is very calming. Hopefully it will lull them into sleep. Good luck!
View my Sick Kids Playlist here or click to view on my YouTube channel.
We stream YouTube right to the stick (or our main Roku TV) so the kids can watch educational playlists anytime. I love using YouTube this way because it gives me more control over what my kids are watching (no thank you toy unboxings!) while allowing us to tap into the vast educational resources available on YouTube.
Below are some more of our favorite shows about sick kids – streaming on Amazon, Netflix, and Hulu.
Magic School Bus on Netflix or Amazon
Season 1, Episode 3
Sid the Science Kid on Netflix or Amazon
The Big Sneeze, Season 1, Episode 18
Sid’s Health Day, Season 1, Episode 20
Doc McStuffins on Hulu or Amazon
If your little one likes Doc, any episode is great!
Download our K-2 printable for more fun and engaging learning activities!
When YOU are Sick
…and can’t get to the grocery store
Thursday night is when the first one went down – my oldest with the stomach flu. The highly highly contagious virus had all five of us hugging the porcelain by Friday night. Of course, I didn’t have a single bit of sick food in the house. No bananas. No Rice. No applesauce. Out of bread… Shame on me – no BRAT diet for us. We didn’t even have any soup or crackers.
I honestly can tell you, it was Walmart to the rescue. I use their pick-up service every week for our regular shopping, but this day it was key. I couldn’t have walked around a store, but I could drive up, sit in my car, sign, and drive away. It is so easy.
Grocery Pickup at Walmart
Click for $10 Coupon off your first order
Minimum $50 order
Order tissues, cough drops, Tylenol and Advil, heating pads, ice packs, Robitussin, or Pepto. Get soup, crackers, tea, honey, all the BRAT stuff you need. You can even order a rice cooker if you don’t have one. If you’ve never tried Walmart grocery pickup and you have one in your area – try it when you’re sick. I’m not even kidding when I say it will change the way you shop. I have not set foot in a grocery store for over three months. The best part is it’s completely free.
…and will be down for more than a couple days
If you have a big family getting sick one after another or just know you will be out of commission for more than a couple days, make things a little easier on yourself and try out Amazon Prime. I’m all about easy shopping. There’s nothing easier than shopping online with 2 day free shipping. If you don’t want to commit, no biggie. Just cancel before your 30 day trial is up. Don’t worry, they’ll remind you.
Prime will deliver different TV shows and movies for you and the kids, fresh towels, sheets, and pajamas when you’re too sick and tired to do laundry, games or books to entertain the kids while you recover, plus either Lysol wipes or essential oils – whichever remedy you’re into. Order on Thursday night when the first kid is sick and have everything you need by Saturday afternoon when everyone else is in bed, too.
I know this list won’t make you feel any better, but I hope it makes things a little easier when you and your little ones are sick. Get well soon!