What To Do When Your Child is Sick and You’re Stuck at Home

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 Tips from a Daycare Provider for How to Manage when your child is sick and you can't leave the house

Running a home daycare is often an exercise in disease control and prevention.

I mean, I love seeing my kids share… but when it comes to sharing their germs, I’d prefer they didn’t! Unfortunately, often by the time a child starts to appear sick, they have already been contagious for a day or two, so the damage is done.

The first time a daycare child spiked a fever at my house, it was a bit nerve-wracking since I wanted to adequately care for this child until their parent could be there while also taking care of 4-5 other children, trying to monitor them for any signs of illness, and prevent them from getting sick if they weren’t already on their way.

Five years later, I’ve been through this situation countless times and I have figured out how to manage everything – from how to treat the fever, to how to keep the other kids happy, and also give the house a quick sanitization to prevent the spread of germs.

Now, while I try to always be prepared, sometimes you don’t have a chance to stock back up on cold supplies between two sick incidents.

Thankfully, my Walgreen’s pharmacist is always open to hoping on the phone and discussing cold and fever symptoms with me and directing me to the right options. I can then order everything I need from Walgreens through Postmates for home delivery – because trekking out to the store with 5-6 kids in tow is hard enough without adding sick children into the mix.

If I am able to drive to the store, it’s open 24 hours.

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The first time I had to go to Walgreens over a sick child, I was a wreck. I was so nervous to use the wrong medication or dosage – or that I would miss some mystery symptom and make the wrong call. Our local store’s pharmacist was really reassuring and has always made it clear that he is available to help, even when it’s something small like a cold.

He listened to all of my concerns and took his time going over his recommendations with me. He didn’t just tell me to give her TYLENOL®, he made sure I understood why I was giving it to her, showed me how to measure it accurately, and went over the dosage instructions. (Use only as directed.)

He also remembered us the next time we went in and asked how Ella was doing – which made me feel like I wasn’t just another customer.

A high fever can be serious – and I take caring for my daughter and my daycare children seriously. My children are trusting me to help them with their pain and fevers, so I only want to use brands that I know will effectively treat their fevers and help ease their pain. I’ve had great experiences with TYLENOL® so it has become my go-to brand.

Walgreens is the only retailer to carry all flavors of TYLENOL®. TYLENOL® is the #1 Pediatrician recommend brand for their own friends and family and starts reducing fevers in as little as 15-20 minutes. It’s also dye-free!

Currently, there is a digital savings coupon – through 12/15 with your Walgreens card, you can purchase Tylenol or Motrin, Children’s or Infant Pain & Fever Relief products for $6.99 (.5 oz, 4 oz. and 24 ct.) and $8.99 (1 oz. and 2. oz).


Homemade Golden Milk

Once I have my sick child set up comfortably in bed or on the couch and have helped manage their pain and/or fever, I always whip up my homemade golden milk for all of the kids. It’s a great immune system booster and the kids love it! (I know it may look a bit weird, but trust me – it’s delicious!).

For two child-sized servings, you will need:

  • 2 cups milk of choice
  • 2 teaspoon tumeric, or less to personal preference
  • Pinch cinnamon
  • 1/2 Tablespoon chopped fresh ginger
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • Honey or Pure Maple Syrup, to taste

Simply add all ingredients to a small saucepan and heat through, about 3 minutes. Pour into heatproof mugs and enjoy.

While the kids are enjoying their milk, I take the opportunity to grab some cleaning products and start cleaning any areas that the sick child may have been in, wiping down toys, etc. (I’m not above putting on a movie for them to watch as I focus on cleaning and taking care of the sick child.)

I periodically check the other kids for symptoms and fevers, too, just in case – and I’m always available for feel-better cuddles.

Taking care of sick kids can be stressful, but having the right people in your corner and purchasing brands you can trust make a big difference in easing that stress so you can focus on comforting your child (and keeping the not-yet-sick children happy, too).

And once again, I want to encourage you to use TYLENOL® as directed. 

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  1. My son has been feeling pretty sick for a while and we aren’t sure what to do to help out. We need to take him to a medical professional soon in order to get diagnosed and hopefully get treatment going. It’s great to know that Walgreens is the only store that has all the flavors of Tylenol available to the public.

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