When kids are sick, they only want Mom. Sure, daddy can give giant bear hugs, hold them tight, and make them feel better. But there is nothing like Mom’s warm embrace; a gentle touch like no other.

When you’re sick, nobody takes care of you like mom.

When kids are sick, they only want mom. In fact, women are 10 times more likely than men to take time off to stay home with their sick children.

Your children and their health come first usually. So when your child is sick, you’re also miserable: They’re not sleeping so you’re not sleeping. You’ll lay beside them so you can hear their breathing, check their temperature, and give them water throughout the night to stay hydrated.

During the day, you’re strapped to the couch watching their favourite cartoons. All TV and electronic device restrictions are off! This is the only time your kid will be able to enjoy hours of mindless entertainment… as long as it’s not Caillou on replay, then you’re okay with it!

Your sick child only wants to be held, so it’s pretty much impossible to get anything else done. You’ve resigned yourself to the fact that you’re stuck on the couch too, and there is nothing you can do about it.

You Google every symptom, and check your baby books to try and decipher what’s wrong with your kid. Then you freak out because what your child has could be 35 different diseases and disorders! You panic, and then talk yourself down, and call your own mom.

You don’t want to complain that it sucks to be taking care of your sick kid – because you’re not the one who’s sick. But it’s still a challenge, and you just want to vent out your feelings to anyone who will listen.

Despite feeling overwhelmed, you’ll still wipe your kid’s nose, check his temperature, and hold his forehead over the toilet bowl because that’s what moms do.

Meanwhile, taking care of baby while sick is a whole other story! Here I write about sick mom taking care of baby – read on:

When Mom Gets Sick The House Falls Apart


Maria Lianos-Carbone is the author of “Oh Baby! A Mom’s Self-Care Survival Guide for the First Year”, and publisher of amotherworld.com, a leading lifestyle blog for women.

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