Having a sick kid, especially a toddler, sucks—big-time. There’s no easier way to say it. And many parents are at a loss when their little ones are suffering from a bad cold. Luckily, there are some often-overlooked things that you can do to help your toddler heal from a particularly nasty cold.

Encourage In-Bed, All-Day Rest with Plenty of Naps

Hook up a television and keep a stream of their favorite cartoons on a smooth run, peppered with cuddles, bedtime stories, and some feel-good sips of homemade chicken noodle soup. When toddlers are sick, you notice, because your usually rambunctious cutie slows down A LOT. So, encourage lots of naps and all-day rest-ups in bed. Sleep and simply being lazy allows the body to heal a little faster from a bad cold.

Avoid Public Places or Stressful Situations

Public places are probably how your cutie caught a bad cold in the first place, so try to steer clear of grocery stores, libraries, schools, and other germy destinations until your little one is feeling better. Even then you should take extra precaution with limited trips until whatever is passing around has abated. You should also avoid stressful situations, like arguments or anger, because these outbursts can increase negative feelings and lower sickness-combating antibodies.

Keep a Regular Schedule of Cold-Appropriate, Kid-Friendly Medicines

For toddlers, your two options are usually either acetaminophen or ibuprofen in some kid-friendly form or another. Ask their doctor about cycling these medicines until your little one beats the cold. Just remember that you should keep a regular schedule of timed meds to effectively get the meds in their system for a long-lasting battle against any sicknesses. You could even boost their immunities, with the okay of a doctor, with daily nutrients from a vitamin and supplements store.

You could also implement natural remedies, like a splash of sprite or Gatorade to keep their sugars up [mix with a dose of water for proper dilution]. Or, rely on a small cup of homemade chicken noodle soup, which is a feel-good remedy all around. When your toddler is sick and feeling puny, there’s little else you can do but be there, be attentive, be cuddly, and be diligent.

How to Help Your Toddler Heal from a Bad Cold