This post features ideas for helping kids feel better when they are sick, including a DIY feel better bunny. This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #FightFever #CollectiveBias
When I was little, my grandmother used to make us ‘boo-boo bunnies” for when we fell down, scraped a knee or hurt ourselves. These little bunnies were made out of washcloths and could fit a little baggie of ice. I’m not sure how much relief it actually brought, but I always remember feeling better when the “boo-boo bunny” came out to “kiss” a boo-boo. Clearly – I still remember the comforting feeling of these little terry-cloth bunnies lovingly made by my grandmother.
So now that I’m the mom and I have three little ones, I still have a boo-boo bunny near our first aid kit that my kids absolutely love. They love it so much that I thought that the boo-boo bunny could help out when they are sick, too. My kids love to cuddle with their ‘feel better bunny’ and get some ‘kisses’ to wipe off a feverish forehead! Most importantly, it gives them something to focus on other than being sick. I still remember my grandmother’s boo boo bunnies, so I know my kids will fondly remember cuddling with their feel-better bunnies on sick-days!
In addition to the feel-better bunny, I always keep Children’s Advil® on hand. It is available in Sugar-Free Dye-Free Berry, Bubble Gum, Grape, Blue Raspberry, Fruit and Dye-Free White Grape flavors. Additionally, it is available in convenient Grape Chewables and an easy-to-swallow tablet. I stock up at Walgreens so that I’m never caught in the middle of the night without a fever reducer.
My kids can be picky about medication – so I appreciate the variety of flavors and the option of chewables. Children’s Advil® brings effective relief that I can depend on when my kids are sick, bringing their fever down faster AND keeping it down longer with less medicine. One tip I can offer is to always keep the packaging and the dosing cup – that way you always have the right dosage information for each child. I like to write each child’s dosage on the box so that I can quickly reference it.
Some safety info: It is important to remember to always read and keep the cartons for complete warnings and dosing information on Children’s Advil® products. Refer to and only use the dosing device and information that comes packaged with the medicine. If known, dose child based on weight, as this is the most appropriate method. If weight is not known, use age.
Along with Children’s Advil® and a “Feel-Better Bunny,” a nice hot soup seems to always help my kids feel better – especially if the fever is associated with cold type symptoms. As we head into winter, that’s what my kids always seem to come down with. Chicken soup is just one of those things that provides comfort and warmth – good things when you’re feeling under the weather.
Instead of using a washcloth, I made these bunny shape cuddles with muslin blankets. You don’t have to use an expensive muslin brand- there are several brands that are a thinner weave and really suitable for this project. I promise I will link up a video tutorial soon. I think these Feel-Better Bunnies deserve a post of their own. In the meantime:
What you need:
Muslin Blanket – Folded into a square
Rubberband – I prefer the clear hairbands
- Start out by laying the square-folded blanket on a flat surface, like a diamond.
- Starting at the “point” closest to you, begin tightly rolling towards the center. Roll into a tight roll and stop at the center. Repeat on the other side.
- You will have two rolls side by side.
- Next, put your finger on the center, on top of two rolls, fold this in half.
- You will end up with a shape that looks like a loop. Decide how large you want your loop at the back. I sized mine to our ice packs.
- Finally, fold over once more to create the face
- & 8. Using the hairbands, tie off the “face” and straighten the floppy ears.
Finally tie off with a ribbon and trim ends with scissors.
I like to keep my bunny face plain – the bunny is implied! Otherwise, my three year old just picks off the cotton ball and eyes. You can certainly add them.