Like us, kids find it hard to get a good night's sleep when they're not feeling the best. 


From high fevers to aches and pains and that awful coughing that just won’t let up, a restful sleep can seem impossible at times.


And if your child isn’t sleeping, chances are you aren’t either.


But there are a few things you can do to help nudge your little one off to dreamland…


A warm bath



There’s nothing more soothing than a nice, warm bath, especially when you’re not feeling the best. Try adding in some lavender oil. This will help relax your child if they’re a bit tired and irritable.


Hot water bottle


A great way to deal with the ‘chills’ is a hot water bottle. It might not take the aches away completely, but it will dull the ache somewhat. It’s also super comforting!


Lots of pillows



For earaches, sinus pain and tickly coughs, it’s a good idea to elevate your child’s head and that means having lots and lots of pillows. Doing so will help to drain any mucous away, and that’s a great start on the road to recovery.  


Clear the nose


Before going to bed, blow your child’s nose. If there’s one thing that will prevent sleep, it’s blocked up airways.


Honey and lemon



Doctors always tell you to drink up whenever you’re sick, and there’s a reason for that. Water helps to thin the mucous, making it easier for your body to flush out the ‘nasties.’ The honey will make it taste better so your child won't turn their nose up at it.  


Get massaging


There’s nothing like a gentle massage when you’ve got aches. Softly rub their tummy or back and you’ll find they’ll become less distressed. The calmer they are, the more likely they are to drift off.  


Humidifiers to the rescue



Humidifiers create warm, steamy air. Once your child breathes this in, the mucous in their lungs will begin to break down, so they’ll be able to breathe more freely. A few drops of eucalyptus oil in the humidifier will also help with some coughs.


Be with them


Sometimes when you’re sick, all you want is your mum. With that in mind, you might want to set up camp beside your child’s bed. You don’t have to spend the whole night with them, but nice to be there as they begin to close their eyes.


Bears to the rescue



While mum is all very well, is there anything more comforting than a cuddly teddy by your side?


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