Friday, 8 March 2013

Sick and Suffering: The 411 on surviving the raging storm that is a sick toddler

I read a Facebook status that was certainly true to my day, as though she took the words right out of my mouth and posted it

I decided to pass on posting a blog the last two days. It would have been short and filled with many *#%! words without any pictures (because I had filled my iPhone and ran out of time to upload and backup to the external hard drive). It's true - some days I accomplish so much, and feel like I am kicking butt and taking names. Other days it is a miracle that we survive till dinner. The last two days have been those kind of days!
Jacks raging, hacking, boogery cold gave us a run for our money this week, but it looks as though he is healing up now. So much snot, so much crying and so much grumpiness. And it wasn't all Jack ;)
One thing I did want to share is a couple things we've learned through this evil sickness that I hope other mothers can tuck away into their memory to make their kids next cold a little easier.

Vicks on feet
I had heard of this before but never tried it myself. We tried it on Jacks feet two nights in a row and not only did he sleep 12+ hours straight (obviously not totally Vicks related, but got him back to his normal routine of sleeping!) but he seemed to have a less disturbed sleep. We bought the baby version of Vicks. Why? I honestly don't know. I feel like we get in a pattern of buying baby-special things like shampoo, applesauce, cutlery and then it becomes habit. I don't know if its necessary but it worked and was cheaper than the grown up kind :).

Have Water Everywhere.

Have multiple sippy cups of water strategically placed in each room you frequent with the sick baby. Jack firmly refused me forcing water on him, but he would go over and drink from it on his own. I would completely avoid eye contact while he drank - I didn't want to spook him and spoil the moment :).

The Kleenex duplex.

We have gone through SO MUCH Kleenex its unreal. He is like a faucet. For that reason, the house was covered in crumpled up left behind tissues. I called it his path of destruction haha. Enter Grammie/Pinterest! This idea was SO awesome - take, wipe, immediately put in empty box that is taped to the full box. So awesome I want to do this to every box in the house haha. I should have just taped this duplex to my hip because I would head to the next room or out to do errands and use Kleenex then grumble about no spot to put it except finding a garbage or my own pocket. Eventually it just came with me and Jack everywhere, including car trips and walks.

Stocked baby medicine cabinet

Go with what works for you - but have lots of it. Nothing sucks more than walking through the drugstore with a screaming unmedicated baby overdue for a nap because you ran out (or didn't have what you needed) and they were suffering too much to settle no matter how much you rocked them. Twice. Agh.

Get out. Just plop them in, bundle them up, and get out. Often. For your own sanity it is not good to stay inside with an emotional toddler that is producing mucus at an alarming rate. And bring a Kleenex duplex with you too. Enjoy the fresh air (even though it makes them dribble more snot) and change of scenery.

Clean dirt is a-ok.
There is only so much time in the day to do dishes, laundry, and do general cleaning tasks. There is even less time with a sick hold following you bellowing "mamamanamaaaaa!" And "Up! up! up! up! up! up!" On days when kids are sick it is not essential to pick up every toy or dish (aka clean dirt) spread around the house. Cat vomit and spilled macaroni & cheese should probably still be cleaned ASAP but I'm leaving that one to your discretion based on the situation and the insanity of your kid.

All bets are off.
Naps? Meals? Any schedule at all? Just roll with it. I am SUCH a scheduler and struggle very much with this. And Jack usually eats and sleeps like clockwork so it kills me to just "go with it". But from me to you, things went a lot smoother when I let go of the way things were and just accepted how things were at the moment.

And I treasured every smile. They are far and few between when a cold is raging.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoying another post about our recovering Happily Hectic Household!


  1. Okay, we've been dealing with back-and-forth colds between the two girls for a month now! They are finally just getting over them... I totally could have used the kleenex duplex weeks ago, it is brilliant!! Here's hoping Jack is finally over his bout of this winter's cold and flu nightmare! :)

    1. Thanks! It looks as though things are getting between today with him!

  2. Thomas' Mummy :)9 March 2013 at 19:45

    We woke up with a cold this morning! Ughhh We love baby Vicks in this household :) I also chuckled when I read the "no eye contact" with Jack drinking water hahaha I hope Jack is on the mend and it will be a while before you guys get hit with the sickness again!!

    1. Agh I'm so sad for you that a cold has found your home! I'm sure the last thing you need only weeks away from your new little baby arriving! I hope Thomas gets well soon and you avoid it all together!