I’m going to apologise now for the short and sweet post today. We have had a house full of sick children pretty much for the last 3 weeks!
The Notorious Easter Lurgy
It’s always the way with small kids, isn’t it?! If you follow me on Instagram you’ll know that Wills started nursery 4 weeks ago when I went back to work after maternity leave. I knew in the back of my mind that there was a strong possibility that one of us would catch something within the first couple of weeks. For kids and babies whose immune systems aren’t used to being confronted with the germs and lurgies of 15+ other children, it’s inevitable that they will catch every snotty nose and virus going to begin with. Ultimately, this sets up their immune systems for fighting off future bugs, but to begin with it’s a bit of a pain in the backside. It also hasn’t helped that starting nursery coincided with a time of the year that is notorious for bugs and viruses!
First One And Then The Other
Wills picked up a bit of a bug in his second week at nursery, leading to a touch of dehydration and a mini staycation on the local children’s ward. Nothing worth panicking over, just getting some fluids into his system so that he could go home and recover fully. Stupidly, we gave ourselves a pat on the back when Amelia seemed to dodge the bug despite her brothers first vom session landing entirely on her! We were on the home stretch, having fielded snotty noses, laryngitis, and a lost voice (all Wills) over the Easter weekend. Then I got a call from the staff in Amelia’s room at nursery today.
A Few Steps Down The Hall
I’m reminded often how lucky I am that my work keeps me in the same building as my children every day, and today was not an exception. When I got the call to say Amelia’s temperature was 39C but that she had fallen asleep, I was able to pop just down the hallway to check on her, have a full chat with the staff about what to do next, and keep popping my head in on her until she woke up and Daddy arrived to take her home. As much as I wanted to be with her, we are so fortunate that Mr C’s work are fantastic at allowing him to work flex-time and from home when the need arises, so it made more sense for him to be with her.
Taking It In Turns
Aside from that, we’ve discovered with two that it’s only fair to take it in turns. I took time off when Wills was sick just 2 weeks ago, so unfortunately it was Mr C’s turn today.
It looks like Amelia has a case of Hand, Foot & Mouth, which is fairly common in nurseries. It can vary from pretty mild and barely having an effect to causing a high temperature and a very sore tongue, hands, and feet. Amelia has been afflicted with the latter. As a kid who very rarely gets sick, it’s utterly heart-breaking to hear her crying and whimpering in her sleep, complaining that she’s hot, then cold, then sore, and tired. Every ounce of me wants to stay home with her tomorrow, wrap her in my arms and make sure she knows that it’s all going to be ok. But, needs must, and our bank account has declared that I definitely need to go to work tomorrow. I know that she will be in safe and comforting hands with her Daddy, and at least tomorrow marks the end of my working week.
Unfortunately for us, Hand, Foot & Mouth is just another one to add to the long list of childhood viruses which just need to run their course. So what’s the cure? DVD’s, soft foods that don’t irritate the tongue, Calpol, and of course a healthy dose of cuddles.
Have you had any illnesses at home this Easter? Please let me know in the comments, I’m kind of over feeling like it’s just been us!!