Just like grownups, kids need plenty of fluids when they've got a cold or the flu. But if your little one won't play along when you say "drink up," it's time to get creative. Making it fun is the secret.
What Fluids Will Help?
According to the experts, just about any fluids are good for your sick child. Try some of these:
Water. It'sthe easiest choice, but if your child says it's boring, add a little juice to liven it up.
Fruit juices. Most kids love them. But when they come from citrus fruits, like OJ, they can irritate a sore throat.
Decaffeinated tea. For anolder child, warm beverages are soothing and can help break up mucus. Just make sure it's not too hot so it doesn't scald or burn him. As long as he's older than 1, add some honey to make his sore throat feel better and ease a cough.
What shouldn't your sick child have? Skip caffeinated drinks and avoid sugary ones or sodas. But you don't have to be strict about it. If something sweet is all your sick kid is willing to swallow, it's OK to make an exception for now.
What if Your Child Won't Drink?
Popsicles. If possible, get ones that are sugar-free or made with real fruit juice, or make your own. Pedialyte comes in frozen pops, too.
Gelatin. Use a cookie cutter to make fun shapes.