Children Don’t Have To Hurt: How I Manage My Children’s Pain & Fevers With Children’s MOTRIN®
Being a parent is a tough gig! From the moment we bring our precious bundle (or bundles) home from the hospital, we are virtually on our own. For many first-time parents, it can be an extremely intimidating time. Heck, my oldest is 15, youngest 3, and I still have moments where I question myself.
When my oldest was born 15 years ago, the internet was nothing like it is today. There weren’t thousands of “mom groups” on Facebook, or forums where one could ask opinions/questions. Back then there also wasn’t a huge blogging community of parents who shared advice, real life stories, or experiences where we could gain some parental insight.
Over the past 15 years of parenting my daughters, I have been faced with some minor, and major incidents where my children were in pain. As a parent, the last thing we want is to see our children hurting. In my 15 years of parenting, I have learned how to manage my children’s pain through the advice of doctors, family, friends, and my own personal experience. Sometimes, I even need to reach for Children’s MOTRIN® Ibuprofen to help with pain and fever.
Children Don’t Have To Hurt
Growing up, I dealt with excruciating earaches and growing pains; I cringe just thinking about it. Now as a parent dealing with my children when they have earaches or growing pains, it breaks my heart because I know how painful they can be. Some days, I wonder if they are hereditary because my daughters have all dealt with them in varying degrees.
Abby, my oldest, dealt with very painful growth spurts. She would be curled in a fetal position due to the growing pains in her legs. Thankfully, Hailee didn’t experience them as badly. Bella is approaching the age where Abby started to have painful growth spurts so I am watching for the signs.
Childhood pains and fever are very common. Sometimes, a day of high activity can cause our little ones to be sore once their body slows down. It’s kind of like the day after a good workout for us adults; our muscles tend to be sore and tender.
Did I ever tell you about the time I thought it would be fun to join the 7am workout at a blog conference? Oh, and I probably should mention I hadn’t worked out like that in years. Well, if I didn’t, let’s just say I could barely sit down for a week straight. I don’t want my kids to feel that kind of pain.
When children start daycare or school for the first time all those germs can lead to runny noses and fevers until they build up their immunity. I remember my older girls first few months in daycare and school, it was constant colds. Bella has never attended daycare and starts school this September so I can bet that I will be dealing with this again soon enough!
It is tough when one of our kids is in pain or not feeling well, especially at night. The rest of the family is trying to get sleep for school or work and their discomfort can lead to the disruption of the whole house. Here are a few tips from one mother to another that can help ease their pain and get them, and the whole family, the rest they need.
If you find yourself in a situation in the middle of the night where one of your children is not feeling well, the best thing to do is take them away from where the rest of the family is sleeping. For me that is our living room. We live in a bungalow so all of our bedrooms are at the back of our home together. Whenever one of the girls is up, crying, or not feeling well, we move to the living room and close the hall door to lessen the noise. This helps the rest of the family continue to sleep.
I can still remember when I was a child and not feeling well, my mother wrapping me up in her arms and how it made me feel better. When your little one is not well, a good old-fashioned snuggle and back rub can really help. It helps calm them so you can find out what is wrong. I know when Bella wakes up crying, it can take a few minutes of snuggling to get her to settle enough that I can ask what is wrong and where she is hurting.
Ease Their Pain Or Fever
Whether your child has a fever, earache, growing pains, toothache, or other minor aches and pains, you will want to ease their pain so they can get the rest they need. When my girls are in pain or not feeling well, I rely on Children’s MOTRIN® Ibuprofen. It contains ibuprofen which provides pain relief and helps to relieve fevers for up to 8 hours, letting my little one and me get the sleep we need. If needed, a single dose may be repeated every 6-8 hours. Do not use more than 4 times a day unless directed by a doctor.
Over the years, Children’s MOTRIN® Ibuprofen has been my go-to for many normal childhood ailments. Children’s MOTRIN® is for children aged 2-11 years old. If your child has pain due to headache, earache, muscle ache, discomfort due to toothache or is battling pain or fever due to a cold or the flu, consider Children’s MOTRIN® for fast, effective relief. Children’s MOTRIN® Ibuprofen also provides up to 8-hour fever relief allowing your child to get through the day or sleep through the night comfortably. When all else fails, check with your doctor.
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Have some tips to share on how you help your children when they are in pain or have a fever? Leave them in the comment section below!
Disclosure: Although this post is sponsored by Children’s MOTRIN®, the opinions and language are all my own, and in no way do they reflect Children’s MOTRIN®. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, company, provider or party in question.
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Tara Pittman says
I have a large bathroom so I bring a futon mattress in there on nights kids are not feeling well. It helps me to sleep better.
Ruth I. says
I agree with your tips! Snuggles are really helpful because they feel safe in the mother’s arms. It’s good to know that there are medicine like Mortin that is very reliable and trusted.
Helene Cohen Bludman says
It can be so frustrating to try to make your sick child feel better and nothing works. Motrin always seemed to help my kids.
Stephanie Jeannot says
Being sick for an adult can be a pain int he butt. So I can imagine it being even worst for kids who want to enjoy their childhood and play and do things with their friends. But the good thing about being sick is that once they get it out of their system and you see that they are certainly human, they get back to normal again.
Heather Johnson says
I keep pain killers on hand in my medicine cabinet just in case. Luckily my kids have need pain and fever meds rarely.
Michelle Gwynn Jones says
Snuggles are nice all the time. Remember, only one person should be in charge of medications.
Children’s Motrin was always my go-to fever reducer when the kids were sick. My oldest is 32 now!… And the youngest is 20. Motrin’s been around for a long time and it’s been a family favorite.
Sarah Bailey says
These are some great sounding tips, it is wonderful to be able to feel like you can help someone you love feel less of the pain.
I remember having earaches as a child and they were beyond painful! Having my mom there when I was feeling ill brought me so much comfort.
Terri Beavers says
Children’s Motrin is my go to for pain relief for the kids. As a retired nurse, it’s the brand I trusted and recommended and it’s the only one I’ve used for my kids and grand kids. When the kids are in pain at all, I always baby them. I cuddle up with them to watch movies. It helps take their mind off of their aches and pains which is usually gone way before the end of the movie, thanks to Children’s Motrin.
Jennifer L says
I dont have kids on my own, but as someone whose babysit cousins and friends’ children I only know a fraction of the worry and struggle that comes with trying to alleviate/stop them from feeling pain. Although snuggles won’t take the pain away, it definitely helps them feel like someone is there to protect them and gives mental comfort which I find they really appreciate.
There is nothing that helps quite as much as cuddling! Love your tips, keeping them comfortable when they’re sick is #1! We love Motrin, too! It’s a must have!
Claudia Krusch says
It is always hard to see our kids in pain. I always keep some Children’s MOTRIN Ibuprofen in the house. It works fast to make my Son feel better.
Laurie P says
we’ve always got Motrin in the house for my kiddo! Very reliable brand, we’ve trusted for years!
Carole D says
Unfortunately other then helping with fever, I these and other pain remedies are not that effective for pain, they help a bit but do not take the pain completely away. As for snuggling my children are like me, when in pain they don’t like to be touch. We snuggle lots when not in pain.
Yona Williams says
Oh wow…you’re right…Mom groups, online help and Googling important questions were not a thing for many mothers. I hadn’t stopped to think about it…a lot has changed.
I’m not a parent yet (in a few years, perhaps!) but these are very good tips. I’ll keep them in mind if I have a kid someday, since I know the first time they get sick I’ll be a mess.
Sheryl Bullard says
As a parent and a grandma my methods are older but more dr’s are returning to them. When child is sick it’s important they do not dehydrate. That will make them weak and harder to fight whats ailing them. Most kids and adults hate that pedialyte salty stuff. I always did the flat ginger ale(making sure its a true ginger ale like vernors) just a few sips every 30 min will stop dehydration. Next if they are a wake enough and NEVER LEAVE THEM ALONE a cooler bath NOT cold will help mange body temp. Something some parents still do is give a popsycle this also helps with dehydration remember they only need a little fluid so do not force to finish.
Eileen Kelly says
Oh yes, remember it well! When those babies need us it is imperative to be there for them. Motrin has always been a go to for me with them. Still is as adults
Mommy Rockin' In Style says
Whenever my son gets sick, I’m always sitting beside him to know that I am always there for him.
Gee Villaruz says
It is more painful to moms seeing their kids in pain. Good thing there are medicines that can help readily ease the pain brought by fever.