You know that feeling right? When your little one teeters tentatively through the school gate, or in our case, the playgroup door. Pale, lumpy and weirdly tinged grey around the edges, just like gone off cottage cheese… it can only mean one thing. A Virus!
Everyone evacuates, and much to your dismay, so does the rest of your family!
Yep, that was me this week.
Little Button is currently full of virus and all that comes with it. The poor thing is suffering and as predicted, night time has been a real struggle for her.
I am looking at her now, conked out across the office day bed, the warmest room in our house. She looks like a little mouse, limbs twitching and occasionally she jumps as if she’s been falling in her sleep. I daren’t wake her, even though this extra sleep time is going to make bedtime that much harder.
Having a poorly 4 year old sucks, but here are a few survival tips to get you through the night that I have picked up along the way. It’s all common sense, but when a virus is creating chaos in your home, it’s easy to forget.
Whether you are lucky enough to have protective under sheets or not on your bed, grab that beach towel and make it work for it’s money. Beach towels are great for added ‘sick’ protection and can be quickly removed and replaced if needed. I lay one out on top of the sheets and make sure it’s covering the pillow too. We then pretend to be at the beach and I get Little Button to lie on her beach towel in our bed. To relax her I talk about the warm sand and the sound of the waves. It’s worked a treat for us. I also keep a stash of spare towels close to hand for the inevitable pukey moments.
When a virus is doing its worst, I have found that we can spend hours sitting up in the middle of the night with Little Button. I like to pack a lunchbox or a container with snacks, treats and a good supply of little bottles of water and juices. This see’s us through the munchies and ‘I need a drink’ moments without having to wake up the whole house to venture downstairs in the wee hours.
Never wait for it to happen. Whether our germ infested little person seems like she is going to be actually sick (vomiting) or not, I always discreetly bring up a sick bowl, kitchen roll, wipes and tissues at bedtime The trick is to make sure it’s not visible but close to hand. That way you will never be caught short (hopefully).
Not everyone will agree with this one, but for very poorly times like now, I will bring up the good old calpol with us at bedtime, along with a spare spoon and my notebook and pen to record the time I may have to give Little Button a dose. There is nothing worse than a super distressed little one, and having to leave them to go and ransack the kitchen cupboards in the middle of the night for pain relief. If you have been up for a few nights on the trot yourself, it’s worth keeping some paracetamol to hand too in case you need it. Always keep any medicines out of little ones reach.
I always make sure that I have a spare blanket for myself when Little Button is sick. If a little one has a high temperature, you are going to want to keep them cool, but will of course will end up cooling yourself down as well if they are in your bed. The little luxury of having a spare blanket to keep yourself cosy goes a long way, especially on night 2 when you are all but a walking bag lady. You have to take care of yourself, to make sure you can take care of your little person.
If you are reading this with a poorly little one, good luck!
Don’t forget to share any tips you may have as they will be gratefully received.