Don’t let nasty infections and bugs get your tyke down! Distract them with these activities…

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It’s a fact — your kewpie’s developing immune system isn’t as strong as yours. So, you can expect that they are likely to fall ill more often than you.

When junior feels unwell, all you want to do is to make them feel better or at least, try to distract them from feeling out of sorts.

We’ve rounded up a list of things you can do at home to comfort your munchkin when they’re under the weather…

1) Play a reverse scavenger hunt If your mini-me is up to the challenge, ask him or her to gather things from around the house that match your request. It can be as simple as things starting with the letter S or are red in colour.

2) Tap their backs to loosen any mucous If your tyke is suffering from a congested chest or has sticky mucous blocking their airways, cup each of your hands and give his upper back a series of taps. This will loosen any stubborn boogers, so they can blow it out easily.

3) Stay hydrated Fever, flu and a sore throat can deplete your mini-me’s body of water ― the lack of fluids will worsen their condition, so ensure that they load up on liquids. Your kewpie’s intake of fluids needn’t be restricted to water — watered-down juices, soups and porridge can also work.

Fever, flu and a sore throat can deplete your mini-me’s body of water ― the lack of fluids will worsen their condition, so ensure that they load up on liquids.

4) Gargle salt water Stir half a teaspoon or one teaspoon of salt into a cup of warm water and get your peewee to gargle the solution before spitting it out. Salt water has anti-bacterial qualities to speed up the healing of sore throats.

5) Elevate your child’s head To prevent mucous from flowing back into their airways, which will worsen their congestion, get your child to lie down with their heads on a couple of plump pillows.

6) Complete colouring books Colouring can be therapeutic for your wee ones when they’re feeling unwell. Colouring books give your child a sense of quietness and mindfulness — the exact benefits that meditation has on the brain.

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7) Start on a craft project Got an empty shoebox, paper towel roll, rubber bands and paper fasteners lying around? Turn them into your own DIY “guitar”. Besides keeping their hands and mind busy, a completed craft project will give your child a sense of accomplishment. We’ve got you covered with various craft activities to try.

8) Give your child some additional screen time Ease up on your gadget rules when your mini-me is unwell. If an afternoon spent watching back-to-back episodes of Paw Patrol will make them feel better, then let them.

9) Get moving While your tyke should stay away from any strenuous physical activity, staying cooped up in bed all day may make them feel even worse. If they’re able to manage walking for short distances, so bring them along on any of your short errands. Going outdoors and getting some fresh air can do wonders to lift their mood.

Honey possesses antibacterial properties to protect and soothe a sore throat or cough, just be sure not to feed honey to any child aged below 1, as it carries a risk of botulism.

10) Drink some honey and lemon Juice half a lemon and add a tablespoon of honey and warm water in a cup. Honey boasts antibacterial properties to protect and soothe a sore throat or improve cough, just be sure not to feed honey to any child aged below 1, as it carries a risk of botulism.

11) Read to them Snuggling up in bed with a good book can keep your cherub’s mind off their discomfort and drift into a deep sleep or nap. Choose books written specifically for unwell children — you can’t go wrong with favourites like Get Well Soon, Spot by Eric Hill, How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon? by Jane Yolen. Both books are suitable for children aged 3 to 7.

12) Tell them about the good old days Dig up old photos on your computer, smartphone or in photo albums and reminisce about the good old days with your little one.

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