We’ve All Had That “Oh, Crud” Moment: When Sick Gets Real

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This post has been sponsored by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare and 20th Century Fox. All thoughts and reviews are my own.


Last Spring, my sweet G. climbed off the bus and I took one took at her stormy looking face and asked, “Honey, what’s the matter?” She flicked green eyes up at me and scowled. “Why do people keep asking me that today?!?!?”


It was the moment I knew to take her temp.


When we visited Concord, New Hampshire– my family has a thing for visiting state capitals– my son sat by the cozy fireplace, clad in a fleece pullover, and shivered. “Mom? Does it feel really cold in here to you?”


And that was when I knew to take his temp.


We all have those moments. Those times we look at our precious little ones and, well, something just isn’t quite right. They’re cranky. Flushed. Maybe pale. Shivery. There’s just something that flips that switch and makes you realize something is probably up.


And that’s often when sick gets real.


Most recently around here, it started with my seven-year-old. She was cold. Not hungry. A little sleepy. And also 103.6. She was barely on the mend when her older sister woke up with aching joints and flushed cheeks. A fever raged in her for days. We had, literally, just gotten those two back in good shape when I eyed our twelve-year-old son, dozing off in the recliner. He insisted he was fine. He denied any symptoms. (He didn’t want to miss out on a sleepover with his best friend.) But my instincts– and the thermometer– said otherwise.


Fevers and coughs aren’t the end of the world. But they can also be miserably uncomfortable.


Thankfully, I was able to reach into our arsenal and find ways to comfort these cranky, achy kiddos.




To ease those aches and pains, while reducing fevers fast, we reached for Children’s Advil®, recommended for kids as young as 2 and up to 11. Children’s Advil® comes in several great-tasting flavors, including: Sugar-free Dye-free Berry, Bubble Gum, Grape, Blue Raspberry, Fruit and Dye-Free White Grape flavors. (There’s also Infants’ Advil® White Grape, which provides unsurpassed fever relief among OTC pain relievers with a syringe for easy dosing for children 6-23 months. We’re long past our days of needing that, but I’m glad it’s out there!)




For the coughs that interfere with resting and healing, Children’s Robitussin® DM Day/Night Pack (Children’s Robitussin® Cough & Chest Congestion and Children’s Robitussin® Nighttime Cough for ages 6+) non-drowsy daytime formula helps break up chest congestion, while the long-acting nighttime formula relieves coughs and runny noses to help kids get the rest they need.


All in a great tasting grape flavor, Children’s Dimetapp® Cold & Cough tackles a child’s most bothersome stuffy and runny noses, all while working to relieve cough, for ages 6+.


Remember it’s always important to read and keep the cartons for complete warnings and dosing info on Pfizer Pediatric products. Always use as directed.




Finally, there’s perhaps my favorite way to ease my little ones’ discomfort– with a great movie! Ice Age 5: Collision Course definitely fit the bill! Here’s the summary:

“Your favorite ICE AGE heroes are back and cooler than ever in this all-new animated adventure that’s mammoth-sized fun for the whole family! Now the entire herd—including Buck, Manny, Ellie, Sid and Diego—must work together on a hilarious journey filled with nonstop action and colorful new characters, in order to survive the global Scrat-tastrophe!”

Too cute!



So you can be prepared for any Sick Gets Real moments your family might face this season, I’ve got some Cartwheel coupons for you:


Cartwheel coupon codes (valid 1/29/17 through 2/20/17)

o   Children’s Robitussin®

o   Children’s Dimetapp®

o   Children’s Advil®

o   Ice Age Collision Course

o   The Peanuts Movie

o   The Sandlot  



Yay! Saving money is awesome! Even MORE awesome? Winning free stuff! You have a chance to win:

  •  a selection of Pfizer Pediatric products, including Children’s Advil® Suspension, Grape, Children’s Robitussin® Cough & Chest Congestion, Children’s Dimetapp® Cough & Cold
  • (1) 20th Century Fox DVD (Ice Age: Collision Course, The Sandlot, or The Peanuts Movie)
  • and a $25 Target Gift Card!



Just leave a comment telling me your favorite way to comfort your children when Sick Gets Real and you’ll be entered! Winner will be chosen on February 14, 2017. Good luck!

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11 comments to We’ve All Had That “Oh, Crud” Moment: When Sick Gets Real

  • Nicole

    Homemade chicken and noodle soup

  • Kellyn

    Lots of snuggles and favorite movies does the trick for my kids, especially Leo. Kate just wants a book and a warm blanket. Maybe some snuggles too.

  • Pamela

    A great movie, warm blankets, comfort food and pj’s all day! To take that fever down, we too add in our go to with one of Pfizer’s over the counter products.

  • Nan

    When my boys are sick it is cuddle time on the couch – a TV tray by their side with tissues and a ice cold drink. We watch movies or catch up on some of their favorite Disney or Nickolodean shows. I give them Children’s Dimetapp to help with their sniffles and sore throats.

  • Brandy Granata

    diffuse our favorite Doterra essential oils

  • HS

    We love chicken noodle shop.

  • Evie B.

    I like to make them homemade chicken soup and let them rest and/or watch movies that they love.

  • Rebecca Scott

    Extra snuggles, germ fighting essential oils & plenty of water.

  • Libbie had strep this week so we are so there! Lots of movies, snuggles, and antibiotics. When she was feeling better but was still contagious, we made cookies (with lots of hand-washing!!!).

  • Heather Benza

    We have had fever after fever this winter. Fuzzy blankets, homemade chicken noodle soup popsicles and movie marathons! We have had enough fevers to watch all the Harry Potters, lord of the rings and Hobbit movies! I’m so ready to be done with sickness!!!

  • Lisa Brown

    Making soup and having movies for them and reading to them.
    jslbrown2009 at aol dot com