Comfort Foundations

When you know what’s wrong, you can figure out how to fix it

Building Confidence

When it comes to comforting your children, it helps to have a basic understanding of why kids feel crappy sometimes. Approaching the problem in a systematic way will give you confidence to assess your child and decide what to do.

What causes the majority of discomfort in kids?

Young mother bandaging her child


No matter how careful you are, sometimes kids get hurt. Knowing what you can handle at home and when your child needs professional healthcare is important.

A family sick in bed together


Kids seem to come down with a new cold or virus all the time. Having a basic understanding of common children’s illnesses will help you when you are trying to decide how best to help.

Mother comforting her son

Big Feelings

Children are known for having big feelings. When you recognize these situations you will be able to use caring communication to meet their needs.

Step One: Determine the nature of the problem

When you want to help your child, you first need to determine what is wrong. A lot of our children’s issues will fall under one of three main categories. These include injuries, big feelings, and sickness. Physical or mental discomfort is at the root of why children need to be comforted.

Step 2: Decide if you need help

Once you have a clear picture of what is wrong, you need to determine if you need to seek outside help to deal with the problem. Cuts, scrapes, and tummy aches can usually be handled at home. Issues such as respiratory distress and dehydration should be addressed by a healthcare provider.

Comfort decision tree.


Using your knowledge, choose the interventions that will:

  • Keep your child safe
  • Provide the best relief