Fortunately, we were able to bring the fever down enough with Motrin and Tylenol, but we were still uneasy. We had a fitful night of sleep, worried that we’d end up in the ER with our son before the morning, but thankfully, we all made it through to the morning, and our pediatrician diagnosed him with a virus that just needed time to run its course. “It will probably get worse before it gets better,” he told us, and as we drove home from that appointment, we knew we had to do the hard thing: we had to cancel our trip.
What a huge, huge disappointment. Instead of spending a week in New England visiting family, we were stuck at home trying to keep our sick toddler occupied with quiet activities. And I don’t know about your toddler, but unless he’s feeling absolutely awful (a rare occurrence), he generally is not super interested in “quiet” and “calm” play. So we had to get creative by finding some new-to-him activities to keep him occupied while he was recovering! Maybe they'll help you next time you've got a sick toddler...
1. Ice Cubes and Empty Containers
We also did a (slightly messier) variation of this activity while we were stuck inside this winter with some cold, cooked pasta mixed with a little olive oil. Fun sensory play!
2. Inside "Pool" in the Bathtub
3. Dramatic Readings
4. Looking through Family Photos
5. Fun in a Cardboard Box
6. Out with the "Old," in with the "New"
7. Have a Special ACtivity to Celebrate When the Sickness is Gone!
What are your tried and true tips for keeping a busy toddler occupied while they’re sick? I’d love to hear them in the comments below so I can file them away for next time!