When you hear that cough in the middle of the night, or the sniffling at the dinner table, you can almost feel the stress rise up from your shoulders to the base of your neck. Your child is getting sick, and there is nothing you can do to prevent it.

“When our children get sick, we don’t realise the stress that we face at the same time,” says Carla Yssel, brand manager for Linctagon®. “We are too busy rushing around to find the appropriate medication, getting the humidifier out from the back of the cupboard and basically cautioning off a no-go area so that the rest of the family doesn’t get sick too.”

Parents often tend to forget about themselves when their children are sick, and although it may seem as simple as putting them to bed and dosing them with medicine until they are better, there are many other areas in your lives that have to be taken care of at the same time; such as work, homework with your child that is not sick, dinner for the family (remembering that little Jimmy isn’t eating mushrooms this week), and then everything else that happens in a normal week.

“Parents take on a great deal when their children get sick, which is completely understandable. It is important to have a plan in place when these unforeseen events occur, making them more manageable,” says Yssel.

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Yssel suggests the following steps to help alleviate the stress associated with your child being sick:

1. Take a deep breath, and accept what is about to happen – there is no point in trying to deny it and pretend that everything is alright. Tackle the situation head on, and then start making plans. Be in control.

2. A support system needs to be organised. For some this can be as easy as getting grandma to come over and stay while you rush off to work, but for others this is not an option. Having an agreed upon plan for when your child is sick, such as being able to work from home, is important.

3. Have a stocked medicine cupboard at all times, so that there will be no dragging the children to the pharmacy while you get all the necessities. Linctagon® has a full range of children’s products that can be used when your child is getting sick, including Linctagon®-C Junior effervescent, Linctagon® Viral defence Junior and Linctagon® throat lollies. These products include the ingredient Pelargonium, which can assist the body to relieve symptoms associated with the common cold and can help shorten the duration and severity of symptoms.

4. Find time to be alone, and take a breath. Your child is already not feeling well, and the last thing they need is to take on your stress and frustration.

5. Let them do the things they like, even those that you are usually strict about, such as watching TV or playing on the iPad. These are activities that they enjoy, and will also keep them occupied while you get on with what you need to.

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