Well, it’s October now and the first winter bugs are starting to hit both school and nursery. As parents, we already know there will be sleepless nights at various points over the winter where one or other child (and sometimes both) will need considerable attention. And Calpol. God bless Calpol.
One concern I always have as a parent is accidentally overdoing my child, especially when I’m short on sleep. It can be really hard to keep track of medications for kids at night, Two poorly kids, two sleep-deprived and anxious parents, sometimes five different medications in play (on a bad night in our house that would be Calpol, ibuprofen, ventolin for our two asthmatics, maybe cough mixture and sometimes piriton) and soon you have a potential recipe for disaster.
We’ve developed a simple system though which has worked really well for us. We keep a pack of post-it notes and a pen in the bathroom cabinet and the first parent to medicate a child writes it on a post-it and sticks it to the bathroom mirror. Any subsequent doses can be added or other useful details such as temperatures.
To help me further, I also have the children’s correct doses of Calpol and ibuprofen written in large letters inside the bathroom cabinet. As they’re different ages, their dosage is different and, even if I can find my glasses, the writing on the bottles is so teeny-tiny I really can’t be doing with checking it at 3 am. This was particularly helpful when Tintin was a baby as their dosages change quite fast at that age as they add weight.
So, go put some post-its in your bathroom! And if you have other great advice for getting through the season of sniffles, do comment below.