How to Parent When You’re Sick

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Being a parent can be hard enough, but what happens when you get sick? When you’re dealing with a serious cold or the flu, parenting can feel almost impossible.

But don’t worry — it’s totally possible to parent while not feeling your best.

Here are some tips that will help you power through and make sure your little ones get the care they need, even if you’re not feeling so great yourself.

How to Parent When You’re Sick
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Rest Up

When it comes to parenting while ill, rest is key! This means getting as much sleep as possible and taking time for yourself during the day.

If you have family or friends who can help out with childcare for a few hours, take advantage of that so that you can rest up without worrying about the kids.

If no one is available to help out, try to find ways to rest up in between caring for the children. For example, if your child takes an afternoon nap, use that time for yourself (even if just for 15 minutes) and lay down.

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Prep Ahead of Time

If possible, try to do some prep work ahead of time so that caring for your children doesn’t feel like a burden when you’re under the weather.

Prepare meals and snacks in advance so they are easy to grab and go; stock up on diapers, wipes, and other necessities; plan activities like movies or crafts; and clean up any messes before they can occur (aka clear off countertops where food could be spilled).

All of these small tasks will make it easier for you in the long run!

Take Care of Yourself

At the end of the day, taking care of yourself should be your top priority — even if you’re dealing with little ones at home. Make sure you drink plenty of fluids throughout the day; eat healthy foods like fruits and vegetables; take an over-the-counter medication like ibuprofen or acetaminophen; use essential oils or vaporizers for congestion relief; and don’t forget about getting fresh air every once in a while! Taking care of yourself is just as important as taking care of your children — remember that!


Parenting while sick isn’t easy — but it’s definitely doable! With some prepping ahead of time, lots of rest (whenever possible), and taking excellent care of yourself, it’s totally possible to make it through any cold or flu season unscathed (or at least semi-unscathed).

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So don’t be afraid to ask for help when needed — and never forget how important self-care is during these trying times!

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