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Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Snot fun (it really isn't): Toddler illness. Urgh

Snot fun (it really isn't): Toddler illness. Urgh

As I write this, from what I am sure is to be my death bed (I promise, I am totally not being over dramatic), I am trying to remember when everyone in this house was last fighting fit.

It seems a very long time ago indeed.

If it isn't one child or the other suffering from the side effects of teething, there is a lurgy of some description hanging around. I swear these kids must go around licking peaky-looking strangers when I'm not there, as since at least the beginning of October there has been an almost constant stream of illnesses and snotty noses in this house. It's getting a bit boring now.

Nurse Toddler will take your temperature now

When the toddler was a baby, she was very rarely poorly. 

She vomited all the time due to reflux so it wasn't all fun and games but in terms of communicable diseases, I'm fairly certain she had one or two relatively minor colds in her first year.

Sadly for my poor little boy and, by extension, the rest of us, she now goes out to the childminder's, toddler groups and sweaty soft play venues, and harvests germs to bring home to share with her loving family.

It started out with a nasty bout of croup which took us all out for a while - me with laryngitis which is the adult version, without the seal-like bark. It was an exceptionally quiet week with no functioning larynges (yes, that's the plural - I googled it) in the house. The toddler suffered very badly to the point where she willingly gave up her dummy (for good, as she was to discover) as she could not breathe properly with it in. That time, the baby seemed to escape with just a bit of a croak - it was possible, the doctor concurred, that in breastfeeding him I had inadvertently taken one for the team. His luck has since changed. We've had cold after cold with a few tummy bugs thrown in for good measure. Recently the baby had an ear infection which made him excellent company, at every single hour of the day and night.

Having a poorly child is awful. 

As a parent, it is your duty to stay up all night mopping befevered brows and syringing calpol into mouths (and then nurofen too if it's bad bad) like your life depends on it, then you're pretty much confined to the house during the day which is never a recipe for fun.

Playdates are a no-no; turning up to a friend's house with an ill child is akin to taking a big dump on their doorstep. If it's just a bog standard cold and the child (and you) are up to it, a trip to the park for a bit of fresh air might be acceptable, but confined spaces should be avoided, after all that's probably what got you into this and it is a brazen move to willingly inflict this hell on other parents. I suppose it depends how easily you deal with the glares and the whispers. For us, it's on the sofa, cuddles, Frozen on DVD and Peppa Pig ad infinitum.

As well as being physically knackering, ill children also take it out of you emotionally. I know when I have a sick child, I swing between feeling utterly helpless, like I'm are going to die because I love them so much and I can't explain why this is happening, or do anything more to help ease their suffering... and just wishing they would stop whining and take a nap rather than spitting out the damn medicine.

Even worse than one poorly child is two. 

Tandem whining is particularly delightful between the hours of 1 and 4am I find.

Worse still is two sick kids and a poorly husband. If that happens, you'll need lots of wine to cope.

How long is there until summer?
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record attempt.
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  1. Poor you! I have a coughing night owl at the moment. Fine during day but at night he just keeps himself up coughing his guts up (not literally). Spring will be here soon maybe a new season will help!

    1. And if a new season doesn't help, at least they can go play in the garden. Hurrah!

  2. Wow - that's impressive snot! How you're all feeling better soon. In our house, my son's eyes are like a virus early warning system - if he has conjunctivitis I know at least one of us is brewing an infection. Roll on the summer!

    1. Have you done a blog about why that is? Interesting! Spring is poking its head around the corner so fingers crossed this is the end!

  3. I totally feel your pain. We have been in a vicious cycle of being ill since autumn...it feels like that every year and I wonder WHEN WILL IT EVER ILL! Please spring hurry up. Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub lovely x

  4. Oh hun I feel for you. It does get better, eventually. My two were terrible for catching colds and infections when they were little but now we rarely catch anything. Or should I say they rarely catch anything - me, now that's a different matter!

  5. I feel you. I'm barely coping with one much more 2! Hope they outgrew these things soon.


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