Colds, Crusts and Calpol

Colds, Crusts and Calpol

What a lot of colds. 

I was told that typically a small child can have 12 colds in one year. I caught many of them in their first years. In fact I have never ever had so many colds in my life as when there were 2 boys taking turns in sneezing their way through the day 

Addressing the drips

The obvious answer is tissues, a box on every surface. I never quite got the ‘wipes for wiping wet noses’ approach. Why use something wet to wipe something wet. Nothing wrong with the old paper tissue I felt. Letting the toddle wipe their own nose or lean into the Nanny led effort proves less likely to lead to screams and shouts once they can walk. Getting control of their body matters to them. 

The calpol conundrum

When the first wee man was screaming unhappily with his first burst of ill health what should I do? With a rising temperature I turned to …. Calpol. Everyone advices Calpol…. ‘Calm him down’ , ‘drop his temperature’ ‘ help him sleep’ . What I realised it was all too easy to rely on it. Busy parent and fast solutions are welcome. Calpol  could become the medical nanny, the way to put a child into restful sleep, to break a screaming pattern, to create a calmer child but maybe our boy was not really sick… maybe there was another problem? There has been research questioning the safety of calpole, even a TV documentary about it https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/health-44140151/are-we-using-too-much-calpol But what a surprise was how addictive it is. One day the oldest lad saw his bro being given calpol for a sore gum due to his teething. He sidled up to me and said ‘Nan can I have some ?’ , as if it were a treat. ‘No, you are not ill’….’But Nan I have sneezed today and anyway I like it’. I stood my ground. On another occasion the oldest boy really was unwell, high temperature and rather floppy. The Calpol came out at tea time. Two younger brothers, one still in a high chair, simultaneously waved their arms at the bottle , screaming  and called for their own dose. It wasn’t forthcoming but what amazed me was their recognition of the bottle and their memory of the content. One was only 13 months old and had probably had it 2-3times in his life. They were potentially addicted before the age of 3. To expect such small ones to understand it is a Medecine and it is not a treat underlines the importance of adult control and care with drugs. Pronouncing on the sugar content or the dangers of an overdose do not work with a one year old. The only answer has been to ensure no others are around when the bottle is out and impress upon the eldest one the dangers of ‘enjoying medicine’ … To calpol I ask why so sweet, thick and sticky, even the low sugar version has sweet tasting additions to keep the sugar craze going. 

Crunching crusty nostrils

 I hate to admit that there is nothing nicer than the challenge of a crusty nostril and a sleeping child. Can the crust be whisked off without the child wakening. Lining up for attack. Having clean nails long enough to reach into the nostril or to hook the edge othe crust have to be prepared. Trying an attack when the child is awake is really not a good idea. The better tool is the xxx which brings down the snot before it reaches the grade of ‘ crust’. Once the crust is removed where do you put it? Well it is full of germs. However tempting it may be to wipe it on your sleeve, or try and hide it under the seat of the car or sofa you are sitting on the best , safest place is a tissue. 

Or if wee man removes his own then without a rapid thrust of the tissue it is in his mouth! 

Top Tips:

Bulk buy small boxes of tissues ..you will need them!

Be discrete about using calpol

Think twice before using calpol.. Maybe talk to you health visitor … If you are lucky enough to have one… Or GP and the limits of its use

Read the side effects properly before you use it, 



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