Is your child sick at Disneyland? Check out the following tips for what to do when your child gets sick at Disneyland plus find details on first aid stations and rest areas in the parks.
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*Note* I am not a trained medical professional. The information presented in this post is to help you if you find yourself with a sick child, but should not be taken as professional medical advice.
You don’t usually plan on your child getting sick while enjoying a day at Disneyland (or any other theme park). But knowing what you can do to help them feel better while inside the park is useful.
If you’re child is old enough to communicate with you about how they feel, ask them what would help them feel better. It’s possible that they just need food, a drink or a short nap to help them get re-energized and ready to continue with their day. If they aren’t able to tell you what hurts or how they are feeling, you can try some of the suggestions I share below when your child is sick at Disneyland.
*NOTE* I am not advocating for you to stay at the Disneyland parks if your child is really not feeling well. My son was just dehydrated from not drinking enough the day before. If he had been very sick, we would have left the park and taken him back to the hotel to recover.
Keep Your Child Hydrated
Just like when you are at home, keeping your child hydrated is important. Definitely try to get them to drink some water, but a better option is getting some Powerade, Gatorade or Vitamin Water. Each of these drinks have electrolytes in them which are essential to keeping your child hydrated.
If you are able to find some, Pedialyte or a similar electrolyte drink, is best because it is generally lower in sugar which will help hydrate your child’s body faster (source). You can also buy electrolyte powder that is safe for kids and easy to add to water.
Eat Salty Food
If your child will eat, giving them food that is higher in sodium will help their body absorb the water more quickly and keep them get hydrated. Sodium is “a critical electrolyte which helps deliver water to your body’s cells”. (source) Pretzels, chips and crackers are all good options.
Find Shade and Rest
The day we visited California Adventure, it was in the mid-80s. We were able to find some benches over by Soarin’ Across the World that were really well shaded and much cooler. However, there are many areas all over the parks that are shaded. The benches worked out well because it gave my son somewhere to lay down and take a nap. When he woke up, we let him sit in our stroller with the shade down so he could continue to stay out of the sun as we moved through the park.
First Aid Station
All the Disney parks have a first aid station with nurses available to help you and your child feel better. My husband was able to get some children’s Tylenol tablets to help my son’s fever go down and it was a huge relief when he took them and started feeling better.
If you have the Disneyland app downloaded on your phone, you can easily search for the first aid station in either Disneyland or California Adventure. I’ve also listed the locations below:
- Disneyland: Located at the end of Main Street, U.S.A. next to the Baby Care Center.
- California Adventure: Located next to the Chamber of Commerce on Buena Vista Street.
- Downtown Disney: Contact the nearest Cast Member for assistance.
I hope you found these tips helpful if you are currently dealing with a child who is sick at Disneyland. Additionally, I hope you feel more prepared if you face this in any of your future visits to the park!
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