Sick Baby & Toddler Parenting Hacks

Sick Baby & Toddler Hacks Flatlay - teddy, muslin, thermometer, nasal decongestorWe have just had the worst few days of sickness with the little ones, and what must be our third bout of coughs and colds that have gone through our family since the start of the new year. Usually we can see a cough or cold coming on, but this one took us completely by surprise coming on very suddenly on Saturday evening.

At some point between attempting to syringe some calpol down the little ones throats and unsuccessfully attempting to catch the projectile vomit that caught us off guard (twice), I realised that over the last three years we have actually learnt quite a lot about looking after little ones when they are poorly. So I thought I’d pull together a list of our top tips and tricks, hacks and generally things that have worked well for us with two little ones.

#1 Always have a fresh batch of muslins to hand in each room. They come in handy for pretty much everything, but especially for snotty, runny noses and very sudden vomiting that catches you off guard.

#2 If you sense your little one is about to come down with something, stock up on cough, cold and general sickness remedies and medicines that you are happy to give your little ones. Whether its calpol, teething powders, cough syrups, Snuffle Babe or vapour plugs, make sure your cupboard is stocked in case you aren’t able to get out of the house for a few days all of a sudden.

#3 For little ones with coughs, rub some Snuffle Babe or other suitable baby/toddler vapour rub on the soles of their feet and pop socks on top before they go to bed or down for a nap. I don’t know why or how it works but it does.

#4 For runny noses, put some vaseline on noses and the tops of little lips to prevent soreness and chaffing.

#5 If little ones are too sick to be able to hold down liquids, give them water in the little syringes that come with Calpol bottles little and often to keep them hydrated.

#6 Double up on bed sheets before bedtime. Our little ones have often thrown up in their beds, or worse in ours. If you know they are poorly then pop an extra sheet on beds with a disposable bed sheet/changing mat before bedtime and if they end up being sick you can quickly remove the soiled one and have a fresh one ready.

#7 Bring up a syringe of calpol ready to go (or whatever sickness remedy they are taking), a bottle/cup of water and a sick bucket to keep besides their bed or yours in case they are unexpectedly sick during the night. This will save you running downstairs to get any of these things at crazy o clock in the night when you are half asleep.

What are your best tips, tricks and hacks when your little ones are poorly? Share them with me below in the comments!



  1. March 3, 2017 / 2:06 pm

    Sorry they’ve both been so poorly 🙁 I swear by the vapour run on the feet trick! Works every time x
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    • March 6, 2017 / 9:47 pm

      Thank lovely. I know! I would so like to understand why that works!!

  2. March 6, 2017 / 6:33 am

    Great tips honey – I’ve done the calpol set up ready to go before! Keeping Muslins in each room is a great one – Josh spends half his life munching on muslins anyway so I should make sure I keep a stock everywhere! xx #marvmondays
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    • March 6, 2017 / 9:43 pm

      Ha, ha, bless him! There is something quite comforting about muslins for little ones isn’t there. Ella still likes to use them to snuggle with on the sofa from time to time and she’s three!

  3. March 6, 2017 / 6:52 am

    Great tips! I have had 2 poorly kids for what feels like months, they love sharing their germs! Having muslins in each room is a great one. Sorry your little ones have been ill, hope you all feel better soon xx #marvmondays
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    • March 6, 2017 / 9:42 pm

      Thanks lovely, I don’t know whether its the weather or its having two little ones and they’re passing it back and forth to each other? It does feel like its been months of sickness over here too so I feel your pain!

  4. March 6, 2017 / 7:39 am

    I was drawn to this as we have a little under the weather-ness going on now! Such goo tips, I’m book marking this for future reference! #marvmondays

    • March 6, 2017 / 9:40 pm

      Oh dear, poor thing 🙁 Glad this has been helpful, there are also some other fab tips some other mums have shared in the comments like keeping medicines in the bathroom cabinet upstairs to save you a trip downstairs in the middle of the night. I also loved a couple of others around essential oils and vitamins!

  5. March 6, 2017 / 9:26 am

    Muslins and baby wipes help in most situations in our house! #MarvMondays

    • March 6, 2017 / 9:36 pm

      I agree, I think you can manage almost any situation at home, or outside if you’re armed with muslins and baby wipes 😉

    • March 6, 2017 / 9:26 pm

      Such a fab idea! I think I might have to remember that for next time. I’d just need to make sure they don’t eat them all first 😉

  6. March 6, 2017 / 11:57 am

    We have 12 people living in our house (ten kids and two parents) and when one gets sick, we ALL get sick — unless I take precautions. It’s a “must” to have disinfectant wipes on hand to wipe down every doorknob and handle in the house, especially those in the bathroom. And if the sick kid gets put in “isolation” right from the start, then we have a pretty good chance of keeping everyone else from getting sick. I give my kids elderberry syrup to boost their immunity, extra vitamin C and D, and Zinc, as well as rub them down with essential oils (Thieves from YL works best with illnesses) — and I never suppress a fever unless it gets above 104. #marvmondays
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    • March 6, 2017 / 9:30 pm

      Wow, what a lovely large family 🙂 You sound like you really have it nailed, I’m going to remember those vitamins and essential oils for next time. I usually start taking vitamin D myself if I feel something coming on, or the little ones start getting poorly and it usually works pretty well. I bet with the mix that you have going you stand a pretty good chance of dodging things!

  7. March 6, 2017 / 2:48 pm

    Gah – sickness in little ones is horrendous. Especially if you get it too! Hope you don’t get anything again for a while! #marvmondays

    • March 6, 2017 / 9:25 pm

      It is the absolute worst isn’t it. Fingers crossed the Mr and I don’t pick it up too!

  8. March 6, 2017 / 2:51 pm

    Some great tips! My little one also got hit by a sudden cold on Friday night and struggled to sleep because of coughing and congestion. I swear by calpol, Snuffle Babe and the Calpol vapour plug. I actually keep all the medicine in the bathroom upstairs so it’s accessible straight away if something happens in the night. I really need to remember to use the vaseline more often though! #MarvMondays
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    • March 6, 2017 / 9:24 pm

      Keeping all the medicines in the bathroom is such a great idea! I can’t believe we never thought of that either. I think I may have to relocate a few things, it’ll be so much easier to run and grab them from there than downstairs!

  9. March 6, 2017 / 2:58 pm

    Great tips. I miss having muslins around the house, they came in handy all the time. A syringe full of carpool ready to go is a great one as I hate turning lights and things on in the middle of the night, it just makes it harder to get them settled again x
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    • March 6, 2017 / 9:23 pm

      We still use muslins for our three year old, not as much, but every now and then they come in handy. I think we are overflowing in muslins now 😉 I agree about turning on lights and things in the middle of the night, theres nothing worse that poorly little ones that can’t get back to sleep!

  10. March 6, 2017 / 3:45 pm

    Tonnes and tonnes of towels is ours. Usually to catch vomit. We also pre-prepare the Calpol too! In the middle of the night when you are knackered, they are perfect! Thanks for hosting xx

    • March 6, 2017 / 9:21 pm

      It makes such a different being a step ahead when they are poorly. We’ve definitely been caught out a few times in the past!

    • March 6, 2017 / 9:16 pm

      Its definitely the season for it isn’t it. Roll on Spring!

  11. March 6, 2017 / 4:47 pm

    Ooo I love all your tips and tricks, unfortunately with my eldest Mabel colds always end up with us at the hospital because she can’t breathe properly. My advice is definitely to try to fight a cough or cold as soon as you hear it before it has time to spread.

    🙂 x

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    • March 6, 2017 / 9:15 pm

      Oh your poor little one. It sounds like they affect her much more than most little ones. I’m sure you absolutely dread them coming on!

  12. March 6, 2017 / 8:33 pm

    #MarvMondays firstly, Muslins are life. My son uses them as a comforter and i wash them daily – perfect! Secondly, i love essential oils for prevention and cure rather than paracetamol. However, the syringes that come with Calpol are awesome for so many things!!! we have billions of them…why don’t i throw them away?
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    • March 6, 2017 / 9:12 pm

      Muslins are definitely life! Our three year old likes to use them as little blankets when she’s snuggling in front of the tv! Same thing with the call syringes, literally the best invention ever. I’m going to check out essential oils for the little ones, which ones would you recommend – I know nothing! 😉

    • March 6, 2017 / 9:09 pm

      I know, as soon as they get rid of one they seem to pick up another, roll on Spring!

  13. March 6, 2017 / 9:34 pm

    A spare muslin and a ready syringe of calpol at night are my two tried and tested tips from above. I also found giving calpol about an hour before bed helps the nighttime routine. You may need to delay the next dose to keep it an hour before but it will be worth it as it will kick in right as they’re settling down for bed and prevents the irritated unwell tossing and turning and bad sleep. then if they wake in the night the calpol is there ready to give first BEFORE a bottle and then by the time they’re looking to drift off again the calpol is again in the system working its magic. #marvmondays
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  14. March 7, 2017 / 8:37 am

    Maybe for when they are older, but when they have that dry irritating cough at night that won’t go away, rub Vicks on the soles of the feet and pop on some socks. It works! It really does! #MarvMondays

    • March 7, 2017 / 11:07 pm

      Its so strange isn’t it! I’d love to know why it works!

  15. March 7, 2017 / 9:20 am

    Great tips. I love the double up of sheets, I never would have thought to do that.

    • March 7, 2017 / 11:06 pm

      So random, but I think what is stranger is that it actually works!! Give it a go next time and see 😉

  16. March 7, 2017 / 9:47 am

    Great tips, thanks for sharing. That vapour rub on the feet is one I swear by! How though?

    • March 7, 2017 / 11:04 pm

      I would love to know the answer to that too! 😉

  17. March 7, 2017 / 1:35 pm

    Excellent advice and definitely things I’ve learned to do over the last 14 months! The muslin instead of tissues for noses (or actually I use bibs) are great as it’s really stopped some nasty sore noses/lips. Will have to add in the vaseline though. Also I’m a huge fan of the snuffle babe on the feet before bed 🙂 ! Thanks for sharing! #MarvMondays

    • March 7, 2017 / 11:02 pm

      Muslins are such a life saver aren’t they! My sister in law actually gave me a tip about the vaseline recently and it really does make such a difference 🙂

  18. March 7, 2017 / 10:23 pm

    Brilliant tips. I love the two sheets idea. I don’t know how many times I’ve had to change the bed in the middle of the night. What a time saver this must be. #marvmondays
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    • March 7, 2017 / 11:01 pm

      Thank you. Us too, changing beds sheets in the middle of the night is definitely one of the worst things!

    • March 7, 2017 / 11:00 pm

      I couldn’t agree more, one of the best buys you can make when you have babies!

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