Helping children feel better when they are unwell with #VicksTricks

Being a parent is so much fun but when your child feels poorly it can suddenly become such a hard, tiring and worrisome time so if there is a way to help children feel better when they are unwell a parent will try it.


We were sent a package as part of the #VicksTricks Challenge to help find ways to make children feel better and get them back on their feet again quickly. 

To help parents find ways to entertain children during a poorly period Vicks have developed a series of #VicksTricks magic Videos, that are easy and great fun to replicate!



How do you make your child feel better when they are ill?

Vicks believe that traditional love, fun and laughter are key to help comfort your children when they are not feeling 100% and I agree! They also did some consumer research to find out what is the most common home home remedies for British Parents. Here are their key findings:


Vicks believe that traditional love, fun & laughter are key to comfort your children when they aren’t feeling themselves. That’s why Vicks have developed a series of sharable #VicksTricks magic videos that are simple, easy and great fun to replicate! You might want to also share some of Vicks consumer research, which looks at British parents most common at home remedies. Here are the key findings: 

Let them sleep!

Over half (52%) of parents said that rest was the most important things for making children better

Pyjamas days are what we do. No going out, no exercise, nothing too strenuous. Time spend together with your child on the sofa is great. Let them sleep if they want to. I know I would love to do nothing more than sleep or lie about when I am ill.

Give them medicine

40% of parents rely on medicine

Normally we don't use medicine but when you child is really looking rather poorly a dose of medicine might be just enough to perk the up and make them feel better. I know I am amazed at how quickly medicine can work on a small one and I also take it when I am not well. Even sometime like *Vicks VapoRub is so helpful helping unblock noses and make kids breath a bit easier.

Give lots of cuddles

More than a third of parents (36%) believe in the power of TLC

Sometimes housework and chores have to be put on hold for a simple cuddle on the sofa. If this leads to a few hours of sleep for the little one all the better. If you are lucky you might get some sleep too! Win, win!

How do you entertain your child when they are ill?

Family Psychologist Corinne Sweet highlights that “one of the most powerful antidotes to sickness developing further, is parental care and concern.” 

Corinne advises that: “listening to a story or watching a film is a good idea, as it is soothing and promotes laughter (an immune booster). But don’t let them play video games, watch scary films or spend hours on screens. This will keep their minds over-stimulated, when their immune systems need gentler stimulation and rest.”

Watch their favourite Film:

Three our of four (75%) of British parents put on the TV or a DVD

Nothing shouts trying to feel well when you are poorly than snuggling under a duvet and watching a favourite film. This goes for children too! It means they can get some enjoyment but rest up at the same time. It is one of the first things we do when our children are unwell.

Cuddle up to a good book

Over a quarter (27%) read to their children


Kids love books and it is a great way to keep kids entertained when they are poorly, or well. Get a few of their absolute favourites and make an afternoon of it. If they want to then do some crafts. Easy, fun, educational and restful. Even just a made up story from your head can take their minds off how they feel.

Get creative, get them laughing

1 in 10 parents get really creative; either telling jokes (8%) or even do magic tricks (2%)

They say laughter is the best medicine and that is true also when it comes to poorly children. I know we try so hard to get a giggle from the kids when they are well, with jokes, acting (badly) and acting a fool. I love hearing even the smallest giggle from them when they are poorly.

How do you make your child feel better when they are unwell?

  • I know we often use baths as a way to help make the kids better. It is one of the few things that they always get excited about when they don't feel well. Sometimes a long soak and sometimes just a short play.
  • We also use a Vicks humidifier to help them get a good nights sleep. Sometimes we use it on our own and sometimes we use the Vicks VapoPads in it. I have even used it for myself.
  • Making sure their favourite soft toys are always available is also another winner in our house.
What other ideas do you have to help you children feel better?

How do you prevent illness?

  • When you see the first signs of a cold using **Vicks First Defence Nasal Spray (for children ages 12 and over) has been clinically proven to help stop a cold in its tracks and not develop into a full-blown cold. It can also reduce symptom severity and duration. Keeping yourself healthy can help so much when it comes to looking after poorly children.
  • Get children into the habit of washing their hands as early as possible. This helps prevent the spread of cold and flu germs.
  • Giving children a healthy balanced diet can help boost their immune systems. Lot of fruit and vegetables where possible. We just bought a soup maker which has increased our vegetable intake so much!
  • Get active. Making sure children get exercise every day is essential. It is easy to stay inside, especially when the weather is rotten, but getting dressed up warm and going out to play is amazing at helping keeping illness at bay.
  • Make sure they get enough sleep. Going to bed too late can seriously hinder their ability to fight illness.
This post is an entry for the #VicksTricks campaign

* VapoRub is for the relief of nasal congestion, catarrh, sore throat and cough due to colds. For children aged 2 years and over. Always read the label.

**Vicks First Defence is a medical Device. Always read the label.

Training Mummy

Training Mummy is a 30 something mum to two beautiful children - a girl born February 2014 and a boy born in October 2015.

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