Taking Care of Twins: Sick Just Got Real™

As many of you know (and some of you might not), I recently had TWINS, which is so awesome. They are everything I have never known that I always wanted. Pure perfection. They are boy/girl fraternal twins that are literally different in every way. Different, but still perfect.

What is not so perfect, is the crying. One crying is fine, but when they both get going – find the ear plugs because it gets LOUD. That’s one thing I’m still learning how to navigate with these twins, caring for them at the same time when they’re distressed. I can only be one one physical space at a time so, more often than not, the one crying the loudest will likely be taken care of first. It’s tough being the quiet one.

That being said, I can’t even imagine what life is going to look like when they both get sick at the same time. Crying that can’t be controlled by soothing, feeding, or changing is rough with just one baby – I can’t even imagine with two! Do they have nannies that just come in when a kid is sick? If so, I totally want to hire one of those! HA!

As unrealistic as a “Sick Nanny” may be, do you ever find yourself wishing for the impossible when handling sick kids? I saw this video and thought it was dead on! #AMomCanDream, right?

Obviously, we just want our kids to be healthy, but it would be nice to have that wine on tap, wouldn’t it?

So far, I just have one sick kid in the house so I can confidently say that Sick Just Got Real™! I had to visit the ER with my son today, only to find out that he has croup and there is nothing that doctors can do about it. It IS contagious though, so I might find out just how real sick can get with TWO sick babies real soon!

To help you out when you can say Sick Just Got Real™, I’m giving away a $25 Visa gift card, provided by the good folks over at Pfizer.

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Good luck!!!

Disclosure: The video and gift card have been provided by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. All thoughts and reviews are my own.

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  1. Leah Shumack says:

    Lots of hand washing to try and prevent getting sick! When my little girl does get sick it’s all day on the couch with orange juice and blankets and a cold pack for her head!

  2. amanda whitley says:

    i keep it easy and try and clean as i go so we can return to normal as soon as its over.

  3. Julie matek says:

    When sick gets real at my house i just try to rest, get my 6 yr oldto rest & stay hydrated. I try to comfort her the best i can when she is sick. The next day, it is open up windows, disinfect everything & clean everything. 😉 thanks for the chance !

  4. Glen H says:

    Rest and watch movies

  5. I would just focus on them and not worry about anything else. Relax if you can!

  6. Stephanie MacDonald says:

    movie marathon!

  7. I try to focus on myself once and a while to feel relaxed.

  8. Denise S says:

    I let things slide so I can get more rest.

  9. Sarah Mayer says:

    I burn some candles and listen to some calming music.

  10. Nora Tomlinson says:

    Sleep. drink water, cozy up on the sofa or bed with some favorite old TV shows, and DON’T FEEL GUILTY!

  11. Sadie B. says:

    We have a special blanket for the sick child. They get whatever they want to eat and choice of movies.

  12. I usually stay in bed, sleep, take my medicine.

  13. Chris Martinez says:

    I have the TV on one of the stations that plays classical music. I find it keeps me (and the kids, sometimes) calm.

  14. Jennifer W says:

    My husband and I will take turns so that one of us can recharge while the other person is dealing with the crisis.

  15. Daniel M says:

    wipe down every surface, keep taking vitamins

  16. I stay in bed and rest and drink lots of water and juice. I also read a lot while trying to get better.
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  17. Go shopping for fresh fruit and vegetables to make healthy juices/soup/casseroles

  18. Susan Christy says:

    No tips here, though I love reading others advice. I’m a nervous wreck when someone is sick, running around washing clothes, sheets, towels, trying to get the right food or medicine. I’m not good in a crisis.

  19. Karla R. says:

    I try to drink a lot of water to avoid getting dehydrated.

  20. richelle bowers says:

    Netflix marathon lol

  21. Jill Rivera says:

    I use a box that has things to keep kids in bed.

  22. disinfect everything all the time! try to get some help and take naps!

  23. Elizabeth J. says:

    I watch a hallmark movie! :)

  24. Bridgett Wilbur says:

    I thank cartoon network when sick gets real in my house.

  25. I keep a stash of workbooks/books/DVDs that my kids usually do not have access to.

  26. So much depends on the age of the child(ren) that no one tip can cover all bases. Babies are tough largely BECAUSE most parents cannot physically comfort 2 (or more) at the same time. The biggest tip I can give is to remember that in by far the majority of situations–it will get better, so try not to get too uptight–or exhausted–call in whatever help you can, even if there is no such thing as a ‘sick nanny’.

  27. It is so hard to avoid germs! I try to keep wipes and sanitizer on me at all times but sometimes they just end up sick!

  28. Tabathia B says:

    I read a book or catch up on dvr’d shows

  29. I give them full control of netflix! Plus lots of homemade soup, that stuff is like rocket fuel. And I use sanitizer like a psycho!

  30. Melissa A says:

    I keep my kids busy with books, activity books

  31. Angelica M says:

    I try to keep them comfortable with fluids and TV shows/movies. After disinfecting the house, I try to nap when they do. It can be exhausting when they have fever spikes.

  32. Heather Hayes Panjon says:

    I Need Clorox Wipes And Netflix.

  33. The best thing to do is to avoid the germs whenever you can by keeping the babies away from public places. When that’s not possible, then it’s time to call in the reinforcements (grandparents) to give you some help. Good luck and I hope that the other little one stays well.

  34. Jessica H. says:

    I either do a little reading or color in one of those adult coloring books. Pretty much anything to relax for a couple of minutes is great!

  35. Oh I put on some soothing music and pull out our sick box! I keep movies and books that I pick up on sale or at garage sales…so they have something to keep their mind off being so sick.

  36. Kyl Neusch says:

    listen to Jazz music to relax

  37. My mother had twins a boy and a girl when I was 14 months old. My youngest grandchildren are twins- a boy and a girl. The doctor told my mother to expose them all to the germs so they are sick at the same time rather than dragging it out. Swinging bassinets help a lot as do grandparents being around if you are that lucky.

  38. Janice Cooper says:

    I stay in bed, watch tv and drink plenty of fluids. I’m also spoiled because my hubby takes good care of me.

  39. Cheryl B says:

    I listen to Jazz music, it helps to relax.

  40. When my kids/husband get sick this mama sometimes needs a glass of wine at the end of the day.

  41. Not much.. luckily my family doesn’t get sick often.

  42. Heather D says:

    When one of us gets sick then we all get sick. We drink lots of OJ and try to relax.

  43. Steve Weber says:

    You take your mind off of it – read a book or watch a movie.

  44. I try to stay sane when sick gets real at my house by resting enough.

  45. Sarah Hayes says:

    we watch a movie and snuggle

  46. Stephanie Grant says:

    I just make the day all about my sick kiddo, he gets to chose what we watch on tv and what he wants to eat or drink with very little rules because when he is sick just getting anything in his tummy is an act of congress.

  47. I use large mattress pads all over the house (typically the floor if my child is cooped up on the floor and I make sure i have the couch covered).


  48. Allison S. says:

    We try to focus on keeping the environment clean and just take it super easy. Rest is best!

  49. IaN Perkins-Taylor says:

    Always make sure to keep yourself healthy; don’t want to get sick at the same time as the kids!

  50. Hand wash, clean sheets and blankets and lots of movies and medication.

  51. Julie Murphy says:

    sleeping bags on floor in front of tv curtains shut and lights out

  52. I try and nap when they are napping to stay rested.

  53. I make sure I have their comfy faves always on hand. That keeps my sanity when they get sick and lets me baby them a bit too, no matter their age. :)

  54. Fellow twin mom (boy/girl 3 year olds) and I hope you never have to experience them sick together! Ours always seem to be a week apart when they are ill. One is coming off of it while the other starts. Fun times, but taking shifts will help when it comes to staying with them overnight! 😉

  55. I rent a bunch of movies and video games to keep my sick son busy!

  56. I stock up on tissues ahead of time and give my kids soup, juice and extra vitamins when they are sick.

  57. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    I have my mom come over to help

  58. Debbi Wellenstein says:

    We take it easy, focus on the kids, and don’t expect too much from ourselves.

  59. I always thought it would be great to have twins. I can not imagine how hard it would be if they were both sick at the same time. Croup was terrible when my kids had it. They sound so sore when they cough.

  60. Leidy Ruiz says:

    I rely on my husband for support. Thanks for the chance to win

  61. I love seeing twins, they are so cute. Seeing them growing up together is so adorable.

  62. Rebecca Graham says:

    I need a very long nap.

  63. Susan D Genna says:

    I coddle my little one and do some activities that she can do while being sick.

  64. Shannon Alexander says:

    I usually sneak out once or twice if possible and leave the kids with my hubby. Otherwise we might find a fun read aloud book or watch a movie.

  65. Netflix

  66. Melanie Dauterive says:

    I take lots of naps with my sick baby when I can!

  67. Thomas Murphy says:

    I get my mom to help.

  68. Jennifer Marie says:

    We try and watch funny movies. Best to lay around and rest anyways-may as well laugh if you can :) .

  69. Having two sick kids is no fun for sure! This past week I had 1 sick kid and two sick parents :(

  70. Brittney House says:

    I like to keep to myself and stay away from other so we wont share germs. haha

  71. HS kraftmaking says:

    I ask my husband on board to help.

  72. Dawn Monroe says:

    I use lots of Lysol and not worry about the little things.

  73. Mary Cloud says:

    We try to take lots of naps so we can get well quickly

  74. The kids used to catch colds from their classmates every now and then. It’s good to be ready for those sick days.

  75. Christina G. says:

    I try to stay sane when sick gets real at my house by getting extra sleep if I need it. Thanks for the giveaway!

  76. Karen Nadeau says:

    I try to keep things clean here and do my best for my girls. Rest is best.

  77. James Robert says:

    Being a single dad raising all 5 of mine, I get help from my mom or sister when I need it or have questions

  78. Ugh. Sickness. When one kiddo in my house gets sick they all do and that gets messy and very stressful with 6 kids. We usually just chill out, watch movies and relax.

  79. Janet W. says:

    I try to stay sane by taking it one day at a time and just being there for my sick grandsons. I forget everything else that needs to be done and know that I can get my household chores done later when things go back to normal.

  80. I use peppermint and eucalyptus oil in my oil diffuser.

  81. Jessica To says:

    We just set and watch movies. I don’t try to get anything major done while my son is sick.

  82. I have a “sick kit”
    Aside from the usual TLC, attention, cuddles and soups the kids get their own kit. It’s basically just a home depot bucket with games, books, movies (that they haven’t seen a trillion times and only watch on sick days), coloring books, and small art projects that can be done in bed or on the couch. The bucket doubles as a sick station (line the bucket with trash bags), boxes of Kleenex, vapor rub, and a host of other items typically used when sick. It’s kinda great. I just pre-load the bucket (and wash it!) After every illness and grab it at the first sign of sickness.

    I have been used the bucket for a trash can for all the Kleenex (if it’s not being used for puking) added bonus is that the home depot buckets can come with a lid too. So however you’re using it, storage or just hiding a mess while you clean up the kid….it’s awesome.

    And because I clearly have issues I even decorated the buckets. Nothing too fancy, but their names are on them and cute little drawings ans bright colors.

  83. Lisa Brown says:

    I ask for help if I can, my husband takes over as soon as he is home in the evening.

  84. heather s says:

    I ask for help so I can get a break.

  85. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    It isn’t easy when you have a sick child. You sometimes feel helpless. I try to make mine as comfortable as possible and take their mind off the illness as best I can, with TV or the internet, or something like that.

  86. I am sorry to hear your kids are sick. When my kids are sick, my husband and I take turns giving each other a break. Sometimes it’s nice just to leave the house for a half hour and get a cup of coffee at Starbucks.
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  87. Christina Moore says:

    We drink plenty of water and take it easy

  88. I try and take a short nap

  89. Wow. Twins. I can’t imagine taking care of two babies at the same time. And if they got sick? That’s a lot of crankiness and not feeling well.
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  90. Take some time in between

  91. What a great giveaway! Sick with one kiddo (or two of different ages) is tough! I can only imagine what it’s like with twins! And yes to that wine on tap!
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  92. Barbara Montag says:

    On those day I cut myself slack – taking a breather is a mega help.
    thank you

  93. We veg out in front of the TV and rest.

  94. I make sure my child has something for entertainment when he is sick like a movie or his favorite toys

  95. Sane what is that? I have a hard time keeping sane when no one is sick. I usually just hid out, so I don’t get sick too… No, not really, I baby my baby when she is sick, chicken soup and some movies.

  96. Holly C. says:

    I use essential oils, diffuse, apply on bottom of feet or simply just inhale!

  97. Pamela Gurganus says:

    What I do to stay sane when sick gets real at my house is reach out to family and friends for help and support!

  98. Ann Fantom says:

    I make my daughter comfortable on the couch with plenty of videos to take her mind off of how she is feeling.

  99. Sandy Klocinski says:

    I sip chicken soup

  100. Karen Glatt says:

    I make hot soup, make sure child is comfortable in bed and read books and watch movies and just spend time helping the child feel better!

  101. Cynthia C says:

    I always tried to get rest while they slept and tried to distract them with movies to limit the whining.

  102. Margaret Smith says:

    I try to be patient. Make sure everyone washes their hands often and I wipe down all surfaces, knobs, faucets, etc. often. I also try to get a little down time myself by taking a long bath when my husband is home to help out for a little while.

  103. Ashley C says:

    I try to take a bit of time to get a hot shower and recharge my self each day!

  104. Adrienne Gordon says:

    I need a nap.

  105. If it is manflu I just whine a lot.
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  106. Richard Hicks says:

    Not a lot you can do except ride it out. Try to keep the mood positive.

  107. I’ve never been a mom so no tips from me except to remember to take good care of yourself.

  108. Amanda L. says:

    One thing that helps me when my son is sick is to take breaks for myself and not be too hard on myself because everyone gets sick now and then.

  109. Danielle Day says:

    Take some me time in between

  110. shelly peterson says:

    I get some help and take a small break away to relax.

  111. Take a little break, get help from your spouse, friends, family, etc. Sometimes you need to just get away for a little while.

  112. Julia Barnes says:

    I just take it day by day. I try to disinfect as much as possible!