Aria has been attending private nursery one day a week since she was eight months old. While sending them to nursery young has it's advantages it also comes with disadvantages, such as they pick up every single illness going. So far she has managed to pick up several coughs and colds, chicken pox, tonsilitis and a sickness bug! Having dealt with so many minor illnesses I've picked up a few 'essential items' along the way.
Kinetik Non-Contact Thermometer* - This thermometer is great for keeping a check on baby's temperature without disturbing them. When Aria had tonsilitis she slept a lot, her temperature climbed up over 40 twice so we needed to keep a check on it regularly. This non contact thermometer meant that we could easily get an accurate reading while she was sleeping. This thermometer can also be used to check room and surface (milk, bath, etc) temperatures.
Calpol Plug In - When Aria had the tonsilitis she was quite bunged up and often woke up as she had difficulty breathing. The Calpol plug in is amazing, it releases a soothing menthol lavender and camomile scent over eight hours and it is so refreshing. The scent is very strong and can be quite overpowering, but I do believe it really worked to help Aria breath easier in the nights. I personally love the smell and quite fancy one in my own room!
Calpol & Nurofen - I'm sure these two go without saying. They worked wonders at bringing Aria's temperature down so I had to include them. The fact that these can be used together really helped us, when the Calpol started to wear off but we weren't due another dose we could give Aria the Nurofen to keep her going. Be careful with the Nurofen as it isn't recommended if baby is being sick, Aria wasn't sick when she first had tonsilitis but as soon as she started to be sick we stopped the Nurofen.
Jelly - We bought Aria some Hartley's jelly pots when she had the tonsilitis, she wouldn't eat but wanted her to have something in her. Even though these can be kept at room temperature we kept them in the fridge and gave her them cold along with a blob of ice cream. She loved them.
Messy Mat* - I've previously reviewed The Messy Mat, but back then I hadn't discovered how great it was for sickness bugs. When Aria had her sickness bug she was happy in between being sick and wanting to play, so we sat her on her messy mat along with a few toys. When she then threw up it all went on this easy to clean mat. It isn't the most glamorous use for this pretty floral mat but it saved me a lot of mess and washing.
Patience - This will be a difficult time for you and your baby. There will be lots of tears, sleepless nights and you will feel unless at times. Just be patient and give plenty of cwtches.
Amoxicillin - Last but certainly not least, if your baby really is ill with tonsilitis take them to the Doctor and get some Amoxicillin. Aria brightened up instantly after taking this and had fully recovered within a few days.
What are your top tips and products for dealing with babies who aren't very well?