We have just had the worst few days of sickness with the little ones, and what must be our third bout of coughs and colds that have gone through our family since the start of the new year. Usually we can see a cough or cold coming on, but this one took us completely by surprise coming on very suddenly on Saturday evening.
At some point between attempting to syringe some calpol down the little ones throats and unsuccessfully attempting to catch the projectile vomit that caught us off guard (twice), I realised that over the last three years we have actually learnt quite a lot about looking after little ones when they are poorly. So I thought I’d pull together a list of our top tips and tricks, hacks and generally things that have worked well for us with two little ones.
#1 Always have a fresh batch of muslins to hand in each room. They come in handy for pretty much everything, but especially for snotty, runny noses and very sudden vomiting that catches you off guard.
#2 If you sense your little one is about to come down with something, stock up on cough, cold and general sickness remedies and medicines that you are happy to give your little ones. Whether its calpol, teething powders, cough syrups, Snuffle Babe or vapour plugs, make sure your cupboard is stocked in case you aren’t able to get out of the house for a few days all of a sudden.
#3 For little ones with coughs, rub some Snuffle Babe or other suitable baby/toddler vapour rub on the soles of their feet and pop socks on top before they go to bed or down for a nap. I don’t know why or how it works but it does.
#4 For runny noses, put some vaseline on noses and the tops of little lips to prevent soreness and chaffing.
#5 If little ones are too sick to be able to hold down liquids, give them water in the little syringes that come with Calpol bottles little and often to keep them hydrated.
#6 Double up on bed sheets before bedtime. Our little ones have often thrown up in their beds, or worse in ours. If you know they are poorly then pop an extra sheet on beds with a disposable bed sheet/changing mat before bedtime and if they end up being sick you can quickly remove the soiled one and have a fresh one ready.
#7 Bring up a syringe of calpol ready to go (or whatever sickness remedy they are taking), a bottle/cup of water and a sick bucket to keep besides their bed or yours in case they are unexpectedly sick during the night. This will save you running downstairs to get any of these things at crazy o clock in the night when you are half asleep.
What are your best tips, tricks and hacks when your little ones are poorly? Share them with me below in the comments!