the Good and Bad side of dealing with a sick child

Parenthood is not always happy times and wonderful moments.  Odd times surfaced unexpectedly too where our parenting knowledge and skills are being challenged.  One of these few challenges that we frequently come across is children’s illness.  Most mums and dads if not all find it dreadful and worrying.  I think the best way to get the grips of it is to look through the good and bad side when faced with such a situation.

A few weeks ago, my motherly nature had been formidably tested again when Ruby was unwell.  I hate it when my kids are so poorly as it shakes the comfortable routine we have in place.  It can’t be avoided though as kids go through them every year like the last time when Ruby is not feeling great.

Ruby feeling under the weather.
Ruby feeling under the weather.

However, whilst looking after Ruby being crappy, I have noticed some good and bad side of it.  Here goes my list.


  • Checking temperature and giving medicines

Whether you like it or not, thermometer and medicines became your best buddies.  It’s the first thing that comes to your mind and want to reach out to until your child feels better.  I turned into a paranoid well-being when my kids are ill that I constantly checked their temperature.  Worst of all, some medicines like antibiotics have to be consumed with empty stomach, so it’s difficult to find the right timing with it whilst trying to work out how to evenly space the dosage per day.  You don’t want to wake up a sick child just to take a medicine, don’t you?

  • Cleaning up vomit

Most kids who are under the weather tend to puked too.  Ruby had a bad cough and every time she’s coughing she’s also inclined to throw up.  That made me so thankful for my antibacterial wipes, towel, kitchen roll and blanket as they’re so handy during a stinky and messy times cleaning up the vomit.   Despite of their assistance, I still hate it, who doesn’t anyway?

  • Interrupted sleeps

Waking up a couple of times in the middle of the night and even almost every hour is expected when you’re dealing with a sick child.  This time, it’s not the alarm clock that wakes me up but her crying and whining, not until I let her sleep in our bed where her restlessness still left me wide awake.  Most of the time, the constant wailing was even unnecessary, she just wants attention regardless of the time of the day.

  • Doctor’s Visit

Getting an appointment to see the Doctor is a struggle rather than an inconvenience.  Our health centre opens at 8am, and as soon as the clock struck 8, I was already on the phone constantly ringing them.  It took me 40 minutes til I managed to get through and had finally booked an appointment.  On top of that, bringing a sick child outside the house is not ideal for the fear that she might get sick in the public area.  But it’s still best to have her checked to put the anxiety away.

  • Childcare Issues

At work, I’m only given 1 day of carers leave or should I say upon manager’s discretion, of course it all depends if you’re in the good or bad books.  You get 2 days if you fight for it.  Company politics I suppose!  Situation is made worst if your child is sick/vomiting, Childminder’s policy is not to take kids who are sick within 48 hours since the last episode of sickness.  This is how another dilemma enter into the picture.  Family support? I don’t have any so I ended up having to take annual leave for a couple of days until she felt better.

 Here goes the good side of it too… the “it’s not too bad after all scenario”:


  • Bountiful of cuddles

One of the advantages that I benefit when my kids are so poorly is that their need for warm cuddles… I just love it when they cuddled back when I hug them.  I think all parents are at the same boat with me here.  Although it can be annoying when they’re overly clingy but I don’t mind it when they’re not feeling well as it feels like having a baby again.

  • Mummy bonding time

Who doesn’t want to feel important and in demand? I do, and I love it when all they want is Mummy to care and look after them, unlike the normal “they want to do their own stuff kind of thing”.  Mummy and kids bonding time just feels nice.  I have to say, their Daddy got jealous with these moments I’ve got with them.

  • Being off work

Sometimes working Monday to Friday seems too much, two days off on a weekends is not enough to relax as you’re catching up with chores at home.  But when my kids are not feeling too well which means I can be off work, Yay! I love to just be at home, relaxing and spending quiet moments with the sick child.  Perfect time to have a lazy day and have a Movie Time in bed.  I absolutely won’t mind that at all, would you?

Have you seen any good and bad side too when your kids are not feeling well?

This post is linked up with:

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33 thoughts on “the Good and Bad side of dealing with a sick child

  • It’s so worrying when our little ones are poorly, but the cuddles are lovely too. It’s good to be able to see the good side as well as the bad! #sharewithme


  • Awww poor Ruby, hope she’s all better now. Baby H had her first real cold and cough last week – it was horrible, like you say she kept waking and was quite confused by her coughing and what was going on. But, I agree, I did love the mummy cuddles. A great list, and I love your positive outlook #movieday 🙂 #bestandworst

    • ReimerandRuby

      aw Thank you! She’s better now… I still felt sorry for them though when they are so poorly, but yes enjoying the mummy cuddles and movie time too!

  • oh poor thing I hope she is better soon. It’s horrible when they are poorly but I agree cuddling up on the sofa and having a few days off work is definitely one bonus x

    • ReimerandRuby

      I know it’s bad when they’re not feeling too well but the thought that I can be off work is great, lol.

  • haha so agree with all of this. I hate the puke and the doctors and the general disruption but an excuse to chill and cuddle and watch films is soooo nice 🙂 I hope Ruby got better quick for you. Thanks for sharing with #bestandworst and see you soon x

    • ReimerandRuby

      It took her around 5 days to feel better but she’s back to normal now. Yes, the bonding moments is the best part of it, lol

  • My little girl is sick right now but I do agree, there are some good sides like the cuddles. I never usually bring our girl into our bed but this morning she woke up so early burning a fever that I brought her in with me, and I really enjoyed the hour of snuggling (and being poked and prodded). Every cloud has a silver lining eh? Thanks so much for linking to #coolmumclub lovely x

  • Totally agree with this. I hope Ruby is feeling much better soon and full of energy for Christmas 🙂 #FabFridayPost

    • ReimerandRuby

      He’s feeling better now… and hopefully, no more illness for this year, fingers crossed!

  • Assuming your child isn’t feeling too poorly, then a day or two off work would definitely be good! Hope Ruby is feeling better soon 🙂 #SundayStars

    • ReimerandRuby

      She’s definitely better now, makes a difference when you look after them yourself and be off work with no bother.

  • Poor thing. Glad she is feeling better. Mine’s been having a rough go of it since the weather started changing. Good for you for trying to find some positive

    • ReimerandRuby

      The weather changing has something to do with their illness, isn’t it? Feel sorry for them though, but yeah looking through the good side of things makes it a little better.

  • Totally agree with this post, there are so many bad things about them being ill, and it can be so worrying, but I love the cuddles and the enforced down time. Thanks for linking up to #sundaystars

    • ReimerandRuby

      I know seeing how kids being ill is worrying… but yes having cuddles is a bonus. Thanks!

  • It’s awful when our little ones aren’t feeling too well. Ruby looks and sounds very much under the weather. Wishing her a speedy recovery and I hope you take full advantage of those cuddles! #KCACOLS

    • ReimerandRuby

      Yes I did as it was just the two of us at home, daddy is away to work and Reimer was away to school… just having some quiet mummy ruby time…

  • Thank-you for opening my eyes, I’ve never really looked at it from this point of view before. I think it’s because I’m always so busy stressing and trying to comfort the girls, that I’ve never seen it from this point of view. Wishing your little one a speedy recovery. Xx #KCACOLS

    • ReimerandRuby

      Thank you! She’s feeling better now! it’s nice to see the good side of it though so we won’t be too stressed out.

  • Oh yes the pros and cons of it all. I had a little sicky baby last night and while it’s tough those moments snuggled just the two of you is precious isn’t it? Thank you ever so much for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

    • ReimerandRuby

      Oh yes, it’s precious as it is. It actually makes you appreciate the moment being with kids just at home more focused on them and not busy doing something else.

  • I think we all hate it when our kids are ill, but we all love those poorly cuddles. Thanks for linking up to #TheList x

  • I hate it when they’re ill! My eldest has been off school for over a week so far with a nasty flu type bug, having Type 1 Diabetes and asthma bugs like that knock him for six the poor boy. I’m suspecting by the feel of my throat today that he’s shared it too arghhh!

    Thanks for linking up to #PicknMix
    Stevie x

    • ReimerandRuby

      That’s one of the downside if our kids got ill, they tend to pass it on to us too… grrr!

  • Aww I’m sorry your little one was poorly, hope all is well now. I totally agree with each of these points, although when my little girl is poorly she sleeps all day! It sounds awful but it is the best thing for her and I can get so much done. When my little boy is poorly however he’s the opposite and is awake all day…and night! Great post. #KCACOLS

    • ReimerandRuby

      I think it’s better when they sleep as they recover quickly I think and we can do something else too… Both my kids just won’t sleep at all unless they’re in our bed but still restless. Thanks for dropping by!

  • I hope that you little baby is getting better now. 🙁 I hate that too but I love the cuddles too. Big hugs. xx Thank you for linking up with me again. #FabFridayPost

  • I’m so sorry to read that your little one has been unwell!! It is so worrying when our kids are ill. I literally can’t stop thinking about it and my head is constantly thinking of ways to make them feel better. I agree with you with your bad list. But the one that I hated the most is when they vomit. I can’t stand tummy bugs because I know for sure that not only me will get it but the rest of the family too!! The sleepless nights are also a down side for me too. I agree with your good list. Feeling that you are in demand and to be able to give and get extra cuddles!! Thanks so much for sharing this at #KCACOLS. I’m very happy to have you again this week. 🙂 xx

    • ReimerandRuby

      I hate it when they get ill and worst if they pass it on to us, being parents it’s difficult being ill as we have responsibilities to deal with. Yep extra cuddles is the best part of it though.

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