On average a child gets 8 colds a year! We had 1 already, 7 more to go, this is how we cope.
1. Accept that you are not going to get anymore than 2 hrs sleep in a row, and reschedule all plans for the next day/s.
2. If possible sort out a tag team system with partner, break up the night so you both can get some sleep. Other factors to consider are who is working, who has had that 1 night out planned for 6 months, who is going to do the general stuff including, thinking about do we need to get food? Who is least tired? Or who looks most acceptable to enter society?
3. Lots of dummies to hand. Stash them in bedrooms, bathroom, downstairs, upstairs and pockets.
4.Prop up the pillow end of the bed by putting a towel under the head of the mattress which stops the snot running down their throats.
5.Take all drugs upstairs including 2 calpol syringes, keep a little bit of paper to jot down times of drugs taken as sleep deprivation will take over at some point and walking will be an effort.
6. A sick bowl is to be left by their bed, also clear the runway from bedroom to bathroom of anything that might be puked on, for example a washing basket with clean clothes that have sat there for a week. Towels on the banister. I have been known to put a sheet down to save the carpet when projectile vomit has happened. Clear all small toys including Lego, toys cars etc anything that if trod on in the middle of night would be painful.
7. Cup of water, usually a sippy cup, anything that is not going to cause spillage in the darkness.
8. Be prepared to make yourself a bed in your child’s room, stack up pillows and blankets. Put your warmest pjs but not your best as no doubt they will be covered in puke, snot and tears. Include big socks. Also put your hair up, to avoid smelling of puke etc, depending on how long it lasts who knows when you will be able to wash it again.
9. Thermometer to check temperature.
10. Magazine or an iPad outside child’s room, many a time I have laid half in half out of the room with the landing light on, a perfect time for reading blogs, online shopping. Multi tasking at anytime is what we are good at.
11. Packets of baby wipes everywhere so can be reached at all times.
12. Be prepared to be puked on, weed on, and snotted on. You will need to give lots of big hugs and singing songs to try and help calm them down.
When the temperature has gone reward yourself with everything (wine, chocolate, sleep etc) and just think another cold is done, their immune system has stepped up another level, yay, only 7 more colds to get through this winter.