What To Do with a Toddler When You Are Sick

I woke up yesterday with a full blown flu. I caught something two weeks before, and I thought that, after a week, that would be the end of the flu bug. I have been sick for almost 13 days. I’m not sure if it is two bugs (I’m suspecting it is) or just one nasty bug, but I’m leaning towards the latter. Two weeks ago my daughter caught a stomach bug. She started throwing up and had really runny poo. Naturally, I caught it and was sick for about 6 days. We got better, started leaving the house, and went to a place with other kids. Some of those other kids were coughing and I should have run, but I didn’t.  She caught the flu.

She was a little under the weather, but not too bad. I think it’s because she has been breastfeeding which can help immunity.  I, on the other hand, woke up with flu yesterday morning and had a 101.8 fever last night. After my mom got home from work, she watched my daughter as I sat here sneezing, coughing, and blowing my nose, but I needed to find a way to entertain her while I was sick before she got home.

What to do with a toddler when you are sick

Here are the 3 activities that are (and were) working for me while I’m sick:

1. Play Doctor

My daughter loves to play doctor. In fact, she once yelled,” Tell Grandpa I’m a doctor!” When I told her mommy was sick, my daughter grabbed her “doctor bag” where she keeps her little “doctor tools” and poked around my face. I asked her,”Baby, what type of doctor are you?” and she smiled wide and said,”Baby Doctor!”

2. Turn on Disney Junior or Netflix

Watch Doc McStuffins When You Are Sick

Yup. Guilty. My daughter watches more than 2 hours a day of TV when I’m sick. Unfortunately, when my energy is waning, I can’t play with her, and no one else is in the house to help me, my daughter watches Disney Junior or Carebears on Netflix. Yesterday, I had her watch Doc McStuffins, and asked her if she could help me get better. She eagerly agreed. We turned off the TV and played doctor (see activity #1).

3. Have fun with toddler crafts


Do you remember that pipe cleaner, straw and colander post I wrote? Yup. Extremely helpful while I was sick. We also had big and small pom poms and a bucket on hand. In order to teach my daughter the difference between “big” and “small” I asked her to place the big pom poms in the bucket first and then the small pom poms — this kept her busy for a while. When this got old, we got crayons and drew pictures and made a “card” for daddy.


if you can get your toddler to nap, this would be the best activity of all. After all the crafting, TV, and playing doctor, my little one was really tired. So, she curled up next to me and fell asleep until everyone got home.

Note: In case you were wondering, this post was written during Hapa Baby’s nap ;)

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