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Jul 13, 2017

Parental Panic: Coping With Common Childhood Maladies

There are few things more frustrating and upsetting in the life of a parent than when your child is unwell, and there’s nothing you can do about it. 

There are a range of childhood illnesses that, while not disastrous, are capable of making your children feel terrible. There’s the ever-present threat of ear infections, as well as chickenpox and all the other viruses, sniffles, and sneezes that vulnerable immune systems have to learn to cope with. Even when you know the issue is not serious, as a parent, your overwhelming instinctive desire is to protect your children from anything that might befall them. When you can’t do anything but give it time, it’s incredibly frustrating. 

While you might not be able to fix the underlying problem, there are a few behaviors that you can introduce to make life easier for both your little one and yourself. Use this as a checklist of ideas to work through; some of them may seem obvious, while others might prompt you into action. Either way, it will keep both you and your kids ticking along until the illness abates and you can return to normal family life.