By Estelle Sobel Erasmus
This post is sponsored by the SheSpeaks/TYLENOL® SMILING IT FORWARD™ campaign. All opinions are my own.
My daughter is normally quite stoic so when she gets sick it is a big deal for me as her mom. When she feels bad, her usually sunny, bubbly disposition quiets to a whisper and her glowing complexion turns pale with fatigue and discomfort.
At the first sign of fever, I do what most moms do and that is to give her TYLENOL® and lay a cool compress on her head. I gently stroke her hair or rub her back and let her relax into my soothing presence. I ache for her and want to wrap myself around her as a Band-Aid against any further hurt, but can only watch as the storm of illness passes over my child.
I wait with bated breath and little sleep for the tide to turn and her health to blossom again. That blossoming becomes a celebration. For that moment, that precious moment when she lifts her head from her pillow, turns to me, smiles and says “mommy, I feel better,” is like her birthday and New Year’s wrapped together with a big red bow, signifying that her health is strong and my vigilance has been productive.
That smile she gives me says it all.
I’m not alone.
A recent survey conducted on behalf of the makers of TYLENOL® by Harris Interactive discovered that 89% of moms with young children agree that there is nothing better than their child’s smile to let them know they are feeling better after a fever, cold or flu.
That’s why I’m happy to share the news about the SMILING IT FORWARD™ campaign, where now until mid-January moms across the country can join actress Alyson Hannigan of How I Met Your Mother in sharing their children’s smiles online so that for each smile shared TYLENOL® will make a $1 donation (up to $100,000) to Children’s Health Fund, an organization well-known for its mobile medical clinics that provide healthcare services to underserved children throughout the U.S.
TYLENOL® aims to garner 100,000 smiles, which equals a whopping $100,000.
“Being a mom has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life,” said Hannigan who was the first to share her photo online. “And being the first mom of many to participate in SMILING IT FORWARD™ warms my heart because it will help other children receive high-quality medical care like my daughters do.”
“When Keeva is up at night teething, or Satyana is fussy with a fever, it’s pediatric TYLENOL® products I rely on to relieve their symptoms,” continued Hannigan. “And when those smiles return to their faces, it’s the best signal I have that they are starting to feel better. I live for that smile, so I am honored to be a part of a campaign to bring more smiles to children across the country.”
I have uploaded a photo that makes me smile on the SMILING IT FORWARD™ website.
Please join me in uploading your own photo that makes you smile on the site, where you can view the TYLENOL® Smile Gallery, and receive tips from leading pediatrician Dr. Tanya Altmann about keeping families smiling through cold and flu season.
Sharing your photo will help TYLENOL® reach the goal of $100,000 dollars for Children’s Health Fund ensuring a doctor’s visit is always within reach for children in need.
Now that’s news worth smiling about!
How do you feel when you see your child’s first smile after they have been sick?