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Managing Sleep with Sickness

This blog is written by our guest author, Alana Metallo, Certified Sleep Consultant from MetaSleep Consulting. MetaSleep helps families navigate sleep and live a well-rested lifestyle. Through consultation, they educate, guide, and support families about the benefits of healthy sleep, and help parents create a customized sleep routine for their children’s naps and bedtime.


Parenthood comes with its fair share of challenges, and one of the most trying moments is when your children fall ill. When your children are sick, it can disrupt your entire household, especially when it comes to managing sleep. Parents often find themselves sleep-deprived, worried, and unsure of how to handle this situation. In this blog, we'll explore some helpful tips and strategies to help you and your children get the rest you need while dealing with illness during the colder seasons.

Prioritize Comfort

When your child is unwell, comfort is key. Create a cozy and soothing environment in their bedroom. For babies, ensure they are dressed appropriately for the temperature. Use a sleep sack for an extra layer. For toddlers, make sure their bedding is soft and warm. Consider using a humidifier to ease congestion. Additionally, some children (over 1 year old) find comfort in a favourite stuffed animal or blanket, which can help them relax and sleep better.

Follow the Doctor's Advice

Always follow your pediatrician's advice when it comes to medication, treatment, and care for your sick child. If your child is taking medication that affects sleep or requires specific administration times, be sure to adhere to the prescribed schedule. Keeping your child as comfortable as possible during their illness is crucial for restful sleep.

Adjust Sleep Positions

Depending on your child's illness, it may be necessary to adjust their sleeping position. For instance, if they are congested, elevating the head of their crib or bed slightly can help with breathing. However, always consult with your healthcare provider before making any significant changes to their sleep position.

Maintain Hydration

Proper hydration is fundamental when your child is sick. Make sure they drink enough fluids during the day. For toddlers and older children, you may want to reduce evening fluid intake to avoid nighttime bathroom trips. It's essential to strike a balance so that your child stays well-hydrated without overloading their system before bedtime.

Stick to Routine

Children thrive on routines, and sticking to a familiar bedtime routine can be especially comforting when they're feeling unwell. Keep bedtime consistent by following the same routine as usual, such as taking a warm bath, reading a bedtime story, or practicing relaxation techniques.

Monitor Symptoms

Throughout the night, be attentive to your child's symptoms. This means being prepared for midnight coughing fits, fever checks, or administering medication when necessary.

Share the Night Shift

If you have a partner or another caregiver in the household, consider sharing the night shift duties. Taking turns to provide care and comfort can help both parents get some much-needed rest. If you're a single parent, see if a family member or friend can help during the night.

When to Seek Additional Support

If you are still experiencing trouble with naps and nighttime sleep, once your child is well, consider talking to your pediatrician or a sleep specialist for guidance and support.

Overall, when children are sick, managing sleep can be a challenging task. Rest is essential for both you and your child's well-being. Prioritize comfort, follow medical advice, and maintain a routine to create a soothing and familiar environment. By monitoring your child's symptoms, adjusting their sleeping position as needed, and sharing the night shift with a partner or caregiver, you can help everyone get the rest they need. Always remember that your child's health and comfort come first. Don't forget to take care of your own health. You can't take care of your child if you're unwell too.


This blog is written by our guest author, Alana Metallo, Certified Sleep Consultant from MetaSleep Consulting. Kids & Company families can enjoy 15% off their Sleep Programs using code KIDCO15OFF.

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