Sick day traditions — do you do anything special when your child is ill?

I’m writing this post as I have Ava laying on the sofa with a mild sinus / ear infection. I just checked on her to make sure she’s comfortable, with her own pillow and the ‘sick sleeping bag’ — the sleeping bag that belonged to me when I was a little child. It has the manic orange colour combinations which are so typical for the ’70s, with cute circus illustrations, and is wild and fun enough to brighten up any sick day. I brought her tea and some fruit and nuts on a tray, and put my cool hand on her warm forehead to measure her temperature (I never use a thermometer!).

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It made me think of sick day traditions. When I was a child, I remember the food on a tray — I was always supposed to eat at the table, but when I was sick my mum would bring me tea, fresh orange juice and toast & fruit on a tray. To my bed or to the sofa, depending on how sick I was. And she would put her cool hand on my forehead to measure my temperature and read me my favourite story. : ) I still remember those soothing traditions, little things, but oh so important when you are feeling miserable!

And I was wondering — what sort of traditions do other people have when their children are sick? Do you make chicken soup? Fruit mandalas? Do you have a special pillow or blanket perhaps? Do you remember being sick as a child?

OK, time to check on my little girl. Happy (and healthy!) weekend everyone!

xxx Esther

PS Always in my handbag!


Comments (17)

February 8, 2019

My mother would put up a comfy camp bed at the end of my parent’s bedroom where we seldom intruded, with lovely cold sheets, and move us from our room there. Then with a huge show and step ladder, she’d reach down your ‘Sick Box’ from the top of the wardrobe. To open it up on the over bed table and examine the contents was one of the great excitements in life. My favourites would always be a wooden jigsaw with cut out shapes of all sorts of things, and of course a previously unread book.

February 8, 2019

Love this even though I’m sorry Ava is sick! My parents would give me a “cool cloth” (a wet washcloth) for my forehead and make pastina with butter. Even today, a cool cloth helps me feel better!

February 17, 2019

My mom always made, and still does- pastina with butter when we were sick!! And my grandmother used to make it for her!

Lizzy in Minnesota
February 8, 2019

This is always something I find so interesting! When I was a child, my mom would give me ginger ale, jello and saltines, and I would be allowed to watch my favorite Disney movies on our living room couch. My husband (from Italy) grew up with his mom giving him white rice with olive oil and parmesean cheese and coca-cola (to help with nausea), and would spend the day in bed! With my girls, we have a special sick blanket (also an old sleeping bag from my and my mother’s(!) childhood – it’s from the late 50s and covered in winnie the pooh). I give my girls crackers to nibble on and feed them plain rice if they’re hungry and run essential oils (eucalyptus, lavender, and peppermint) through a difuser. We also have a portable region-free DVD player that I’ll bring out as an extra special treat to let them watch one of our Italian DVDs. xo

Lee Ann
February 8, 2019

Loved thinking back to these moments. Even though I was sick, they are truly some of my fondest memories as a child! I think because I’m one of five, so the undivided attention alone felt so special. My mom would always make me a bed out of blankets on the floor, bring me chicken noodle soup and massage my feet. Such simple, sweet times.

February 9, 2019

Love hearing all of the different traditions!

February 9, 2019

My mom wasn’t one to make a fuss over me when I was sick (she even sent me to school with a high fever) so, as a result I’m extremely fussy with my son. He usually doesn’t sleep in my bed but when he’s sick he sleeps by my side and I make soups and let him watch a bit of tv. 🙂

February 9, 2019

My child is only 2.5, but has been sick more or less since late January. It’s the same for all younger children in Sweden this time of year, it even has its on name meaning month of taking care of children, so it got me thinking. I think anything goes when my child is sick, ice cream for breakfast, sleeping in the couch, two hours of television. I always try to make it as comfortable as possible and really slow everything down. Maybe I will develop more traditions over the years, at least I still use the same bucket as I used when I had the stomach flu, even though it really doesn’t give me any happy memories. 😉

February 9, 2019

We also had the cold cloth tradition… and my mother would buy me new books. I love the smell of new books, I would browse through them and she would read a few stories. And I was allowed to listen to stories (on LPs back then) the whole day. And there was fresh herbal tee – a bit a challenging taste when I was little. It it was also more about the warm cup and the smell…

February 9, 2019

I remember being sick as a child. My mom would bring down my blanket and my pillow and put me on the sofa, so that I wasn‘t alone. And she would bring me a wet, cold towel for my head that was tied around my head with a scarf and she told me I looked like a „ Indianer“. She would make tea for me and a toast with Nutella and a fruit plate. And I was allowed to watch TV. I loved it! And I do the same when my kids are sick! Get well little Ava❤️

February 9, 2019

When I was ill, my mum would allow me to go to my parents bed (which was a complete no-no otherwise), she’d bring me chicken soup (in bed!! Another no no), a drink and some fruit. I’d also get a new book or another small present. She’d also put a wet cloth on my forehead. I remember once they even brought the tv from the living room and rented a movie and let me watch it in bed (we never had tvs in bed or would be allowed much tv in general). It all felt like a bit treat although I felt poorly. I have great memories!

February 9, 2019

My parents didn’t let us watch much TV and we didn’t have many videos. We did have a box set of Fawlty Towers and we were allowed to watch it when we were home sick. Such strange British humor, but I still remember every story!!!

February 10, 2019

I never had a day off school in 10 years, I don’t think I was allowed to notice I was ill. So, with my 4 children it’s been a learning curve, but so natural to look after them. Essentially, I sit with them, sleep with them and let them watch a little TV in the day time. A little dry toast, or pasta. Clean sheets and pyjamas. I love the idea of the box of quiet objects! X

Courtney in Australia
February 10, 2019

I love that you still have that orange sleeping bag from your childhood!! How cool!! I hope Ava is feeling better by now. xx

February 12, 2019

Bij ons was het vroeger: appelsap, beschuit met bruine suiker of lange vingers. En het dekbed van biven mocht op de bank. En overdag even tv kijken, maar dan wel het liefst schooltv haha. Grappig dat de warme herinneringen overblijven van deze momenten die in eerste instantie helemaal niet leuk waren. In ons eigen gezin gaat het ingeveer hetzelfde. Krukje naast de bank met alles voorhanden wat ze nodig kunnen hebben. Zo’n speciale deken klinkt eigenlijk ook wel fijn! Maar voor nu hoop ik vooral dat het voorlopig niet nodig is en Ava snel opknapt!!

February 17, 2019

I always had nice memories of when I was sick as a child which is a strange thought now that I’m a parent because now everytime one of my children get sick I go into panic mode and am worried sick until it is over. As a child if we were sick we would stay in our beds all day and my mom would sit on the bed by our pillow and read stories from Mrs. Piggle Wiggle. I remember just staring at my mom and watching her mouth as she read the words to me. She would make us toast with jelly and chicken noodle soup. She would buy us new coloring books or paper dolls and I’d sit in bed enjoying them. I also remember if I was sick for several days in bed she would brush my long hair, she said it would make me feel better. 🙂

March 14, 2019

We always had a special blanket- a patchwork quilt that my mum made- and were allowed to lie on the sofa. I was one of four and also loved the one-to-one attention and calmness that came with a sick day… the issue for me was that as a child I started to fake sickness (regularly and from quite a young age!) to be able to get this experience- so now I need to work out how to provide my children with nice memories and a routine without them trying it on too often!

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