#VicksTricks – How I help my kids feel better when they are poorly

#VicksTricks – How I help my kids feel better when they are poorly
This post is an entry for the #VicksTricks Campaign
Anyone who has read any of my blog posts in the last few weeks, will know since the beginning of December we haven’t gone a week in our house without some sort of illness. I was really pleased therefore, to receive the #VicksTricks challenge from BritMums.


We were really excited to receive this package in the post last week which contained a bedtime book, fingers puppets, a memory stick with 4 easy magic tricks on it, and a bottle of The Vicks First Defence Nasal Spray – to help make sure us parents don’t come down with these nasty bugs too.


I managed to get these photos when all three kids were a bit under the weather. It has mainly been snotty noses, and sore throats the last few weeks- we are thinking of taking out shares in tissues as we are going through so many.
Side note – the day after I took these photos I woke up with a very sore throat and blocked nose. I used the Vicks First Defence Spray and whilst I did not enjoy the sensation of squirting it up my nose – I may have been a bit of a baby about it  – it actually did work. My symptoms didn’t get any worse that day and the next day I woke up feeling fine – normally my colds and sore throats turn to coughs that go for for weeks – happy Mama here!


(Always read the label – this is a medicine)
As a parent, my ‘trick’ for managing a poorly day is staying in the warm, curling up under a blanket and watching movies – something like Shrek or a good old Disney movie. I also swear by plenty of fluids – usually squash which I don’t normally let them have (ex Dental nurse and strict with sugar!) but when you are poorly a treat doesn’t hurt. Vicks consumer research found that three out of four parents put on the TV or a DVD, and over a quarter read to their children.
Sleep is also important – I tend to find my kids come down with things when they are overtired – so in our house sleep is more prevention than cure. The research undertaken by Vicks found that over half (52%) of parents said that rest was the most important thing for making their children feel better. This was followed by Medicine, which 40% of parents rely on. More than a third of parents 36% swear by TLC.
I always try and make sure we have some Vicks Vapour Rub (for over 2’s only) in the house – I swear by it for coughs, as I put it on the kids feet with their socks on top. It sounds daft but it really does work – it was also a lifesaver when I was pregnant. It is a product my mum always had in the house – along with the Vicks Menthol Nasal Inhalers – does anyone remember those? – do they still make them? I always make sure I have paracetamol and ibuprofen – there is nothing worse than needing it in the middle of the night and finding out you’ve run out.




Vicks research also found that to entertain their children when poorly, 1 in 10 parents get really creative, and tell jokes or do magic. Vicks kindly sent us some fingers puppets and all three kids loved them – although Batman (Ollie) did seem to enjoy the shark trying to eat him a bit too much. I have to say, the book didn’t send my kids to sleep as it promised, but my kids will only ever sleep when they need to – although once they are asleep they tend to sleep through. We did enjoy reading it though.


The delights of a snotty nose
We also tried some of the #VicksTricks Magic Tricks – I’ve included the video below of the kids favourite one. The loved the sliced banana trick – and couldn’t work out how it sliced itself!
Fingers crossed we will beat all the germs soon in this house – until then it’ll be plenty of snuggly days in front of the TV and maybe trying out some more magic tricks.
Thank you to BritMums for sending us this challenge – the goodies were kindly sent to us, but all opinions and photographs are my own.




  1. February 8, 2017 / 4:07 pm

    Really hope you Spring is illness free. I too am a big fan of a blanket.

  2. February 9, 2017 / 11:54 am

    I used to love the banana trick when I was little – my boys like the disappearing coin trick best 😀

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