When Your Child is Sick: Chicken Soup & Other Comforts
Last week my youngest caught a bug. And worry caught me. In the middle of the night I found myself tiptoeing into his room to check on him “one more time”—several times. For the first time ever, he didn’t even wake up when I took his temperature.
Guess I’m not too different from most moms. I read about a recent survey that said three out of four moms list pediatric fever as their number one concern when caring for their sick children.
It also said all moms ride an emotional rollercoaster when caring for their sick child. That includes feeling nervous, anxious, and protective. Yup. That’s the ride I took.
What made a huge difference for me—and it’s what the survey also discovered—was feeling like I was doing something to help my guy.
Taking his temperature gave me an accurate indication of what was going on inside his miserable-acting little self.
We have a couple of different thermometers. The Braun ThermoScan Ear Thermometer is reassuringly accurate in just seconds. The ear canal is supposed to be the best site to measure a fever because of the proximity to the eardrum, which shares the blood supply of the brain’s temperature control center (now you know!).
That’s my number one choice during waking hours.
But when my restless little one is finally asleep, the last thing I want to do is wake him up to take his temp.
That’s when I pulled out my Braun No Touch + Forehead Thermometer. The innovative Braun technology lets you get professional accuracy when you gently touch a forehead, which is great.
What is even better: you can also get the silent reading from up to two inches away. In the middle of the night, this worry-wart mom calls that WONDERFUL!
I also put together this fast and simple chicken soup. Every mom knows chicken soup is good for what ails ya. This is easy to make when you don’t have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen.
I hate it when my kids get sick. HATE! My best take-away from last week is this advice I’ll try to give myself next time a germ stalks our family: don’t worry. Be prepared. And chicken soup works wonders.
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- 1 small rotisserie chicken
- 1 cup diced baby carrots
- 2 stalks of chopped celery
- 1/2 large onion, diced
- 3 cloves of diced garlic
- 1 bay leaf
- 1/4 cup white wine
- 8 ounces wide egg noodles
- 8 cups chicken broth
- salt and pepper to taste
- olive oil
- Add 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil to large pot and add diced onions, garlic, carrots, and celery. Season with salt and pepper and cook until veggies begin to soften. Add 1/4 cup white wine and reduce.
- Remove all the chicken from the rotisserie and chop into bite size pieces. Add to veggies and cover with broth. Season again with salt and pepper.
- Bring to simmer for 3-4 minutes; add noodles. Simmer until noodles have cooked through. Remove from heat and let set to cool slightly before serving.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Braun. The opinions and text are all mine.
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