Shall we be cliche British for a moment and talk about the weather? It’s pretty grim right now isn’t it? I can’t keep up with the temperature changes and it was actually snowing in London last week! What do you dress a baby in when it’s like this? The older two drive me crazy because they can’t seem to wear a coat either and then when it’s raining they get soaked! We can all remember the time it wasn’t cool to wear a coat to school can’t we?
Come to think of it, It was the same when they were little. Refusing to wear coats like it’s some badge of honour. I always worried other mums would judge me and I was terrified as a Working Mum they would get ill and I would have to then take time off work or find childcare.
Towards the end of autumn term they are always so tired and run down. The break over Christmas seems to give their body some time to recover and then boom back to school among all those germs. Runny noses, coughs, sore throats it’s always the same and it does not matter what age they are either we still get it now at 13 and 15!
From when they were little I have used Vicks vapour rub to help soothe their symptoms when they are ill. I would rub it on their chest at night (which at one point my son made me do every night for several months because he loved it so much) and also before they went to school to ease congestion, sore throats and coughs all due to irritating colds.
When they were 2 and 4 and Kayton would bring home all the school germs, we would snuggle up on the sofa and watch dvd’s and have loads of cuddles. Family Psychologist Corinne Sweet highlights that “one of the most powerful antidotes to sickness developing further, is parental care and concern.” What better excuse for cuddles hey?
Now, as teenagers things haven’t actually changed that much. They can rub their own Vicks onto their chests (and apparently rubbing it onto feet is good) and they just want to lay in their bed watching their favourite YouTube channels. As long as I keep a constant stream of hot drinks, snacks, soft tissues and TLC coming their way they solider through. Soon I will be handing out the Vicks first defence nasal spray to try to prevent colds in the first place!
Keeping a poorly child entertained isn’t as easy, 3 out of 4 of British parents (which I am one of) head to the TV or DVDs for help, over 25% read books and 1 in 10 get creative with jokes and magic tricks!
Because I know how great Vicks vapour rub is I know I will be using it for Marnie too when she is old enough. Maybe I will get a bit more creative that just popping on the TV? Vicks have created some helpful magic trick videos to help us parents out!
How do you best soothe your little ones when they are poorly? Do they have a routine they like to stick to?
This post is an entry for the #vickstrickschallenge