Whether your child's illness is minor or major, offer some encouragement to cheer her up. Staying busy is often a key to keeping your child from focusing too much on unpleasant sensations. If you can provide positive distractions, your child might forget her discomforts, at least for a while.
Create a “get well” box that your child can use while he’s sick, advises the Vicks website. In the box, place a variety of quiet activities, games and pastimes that might help your child forget his illness. For example, you could add coloring books, special markers, electronic hand-held games, books that would appeal to your youngster, puzzles, cards for letter-writing, a camera for taking pictures and an MP3 player so your child can listen to music.
Buy a special item that will keep your child busy during an extended illness. Perhaps a tablet computer or a gaming system would help your little one stay upbeat.
Write your child a cheery note and hand-deliver or mail it to her, as appropriate. Mention some plans you have for future activities and enjoyable memories as well. Keep the message tone upbeat and encouraging to help your child feeling positive.
Spend quiet time with your child to keep him busy while he’s not feeling well. You might read books aloud, watch funny movies together, make crafting projects together or play board games. Keeping your child’s mind occupied is important for avoiding unhappiness during his infirmity.
Enlist the efforts of others, if your child needs extra encouragement. For example, if your child has an extended illness that prevents her from attending school, ask her teacher to organize a letter-writing or picture-drawing activity among the other students, suggests Kathy Pike and Jean Mumper, authors of “Teaching Kids to Care & Cooperate.” Invite a student or two to deliver the letters or pictures to your child, if possible.
Seek professional help if an illness affects your child’s emotional well-being. Depression and anxiety could be possible results of an extended illness and your child might benefit from counseling with a therapist to resolve negative emotions, advises registered nurse Kyla Boyse and physicians Lina Boujaoude and Jennifer Laundy, with the University of Michigan Health System.