I still remember the drive home from the hospital with my newborn son. I was extremely nervous to put him in the car seat fearing that I was doing it wrong. Every little bump on the road, brake or acceleration of the vehicle made me cringe with fear that we’d injure him before we even got him home. As the years have passed, I’m a much more confident parent but I think that fear really never goes away for any parent. Am I spending enough time teaching my child? Does he understand not to talk to strangers? Are kids at school being kind to him? The list of worries as a parent is really endless!
That tiny baby is now 5 years old and I’ve had plenty of experience taking care of him through various illnesses and injuries. He’s had croup multiple times, ear infections, fevers, the flu, RSV, pneumonia, surgery and even a broken leg. You never know when an illness or injury will happen so it’s important to always be prepared. This is why I always have both Children’s TYLENOL® and Children’s MOTRIN® in my medicine cabinet.
Do you know what the difference between Children’s TYLENOL® and Children’s MOTRIN® is? Children’s TYLENOL® contains acetaminophen that helps as a first line of defense against pain/fever and lasts up to 4-6 hours. Children’s MOTRIN® contains ibuprofen that helps to fight persisting pain/fever and lasts up to 8 hours.
When my son has a fever, I turn to Children’s TYLENOL® to help him feel comfortable. Our “sick day” routine includes medicine and a snuggle in mommy’s bed while watching cartoons together. Never underestimate the power of momma’s snuggles! Lying in bed with him helps me monitor his symptoms to see if they are getting worse.
Since Children’s MOTRIN® can last up to 8 hours, this is the brand I turn to in the evening so I can help my son rest comfortable at night when he’s sick. My son has a sensitive stomach so if he has been vomiting, I stick with Children’s TYLENOL® overnight as ibuprofen may cause irritation to sensitive tummies.
Cold & flu season has already started again so it’s important to be prepared. As a single mom, I don’t have someone at home to stay with my son when he’s sick so I can run out to the store. This is why I make sure that I’m always prepared for illnesses or injuries.
The last thing I want to do when he’s sick is take him out to the store to buy medicine or other comfort items.
Do you know how to properly take your child’s temperature and what temperatures indicate a fever? This chart helps to explain everything plus we have it in a printable version so you can keep a copy in your medicine cabinet for reference.
Now is a great time to check your medicine cabinet to make sure you have all the supplies you need in case of an illness or injury. Make sure you check the expirations dates on the products you have too. If you need to restock your supply, be sure to print this $5 off coupon before heading to the store.