I was starting to feel smug that cold season was in full swing and J had not had so much as a sniffle. The minute the thought crossed my mind I knew I was in big trouble! Illness of some kind would not be far off.
The universe seems to have a tricky way to ensure I never get too smug about any aspect of parenting. And in this case, a constantly running nose and a loud barking cough was dispatched J’s way post haste.
As is always the case when J gets sick, the worst hits on a Sunday night/Monday morning, just in time for the first of my two work days for the week.
By Sunday it was obvious he was not a happy camper and woke up several times that night. When morning came, the cough had parked itself well and truly on his chest, leaving his breath rattling between coughs.
Mr P and I were both exhausted and had to decide which of us were best placed to take the day off work. It was agreed that I’d go to work and the Mr would stay home and then if J was still sick Tuesday (which it turned out he was) that we’d swap around and I’d stay home.
That was last week and by week’s end the cough was coming off the chest and he was breathing better again. On this occasion we didn’t head to the doctor and treated him with the trifecta of steamy baths, euky bearub and humidifier in his room. But there were quite a few interrupted nights and hair-pulling to be had before the mucous started to clear and our happy little man returned.
I always feel a pang of panic when the boy is sick like this. I never know if I’m doing the right thing – whether I’m sending him back to daycare too soon (is a bit of a cough and a clear runny nose okay?), whether I really should have consulted a doctor or whether there is something else I should be trying.
I really haven’t entered into world of cough medicines as yet, but when I was approached to test out Blackmores new Cough Defence on the day I was home with a miserable J, I was VERY interested.
I always head towards a more natural product as a first port of call, and so far this winter the Blackmores Horseradish, Garlic + C tablets have helped me ward off any major lurgies with the Blackmores Cold & Flu Night & Day tabs pulled out on a couple of occasions when I’ve felt something greater take a hold. And so far, so good!
By the time the Cough Combat arrived, along with a pack of ImmunoDefence, the cough had thankfully dissipated and it wasn’t needed. But I must say I feel happy to have it in the house ready for next time the chesty cough comes to stay. And I’m currently dosing up on the ImmunoDefence with the hope of keeping well for the rest of the season.
So how has your family been surviving this cold and flu season? Feel free to share your survival tips!
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