‘Tis the Season for Sick

Try as we might, there is no avoiding sickness in the house.  Having a three year old attending daycare essentially means that we are sending Conor off each morning to pick up the latest and greatest bugs out there. common-cold-influenza-symptom-flu-season-virus-sick-child-thumbnail

So far we have managed to go unscathed since Lily was born in July, which is a pure miracle in itself! Generally speaking we have been fortunate as we haven’t had to deal with a whole lot of colds and flu with Conor. He comes from hearty stock and seems to ward off most.

One thing that drives me to drink is the number of parents that send their kids to daycare sick.  I shutter sometimes as I enter his classroom, only to see a half dozen runny noses or hear the hacking of uncovered coughing toddler mouths. I know we can’t take time off work every time  our kids has a runny nose. It just isn’t practical…but there are still times when we should keep our kidlets home not only to recover, but to stop the spread.

shutterstock_44092258When we first started daycare, I remember being mortified with the regular postings of “X confirmed cases of hand, foot and mouth disease“, “X confirmed cases of Fifth disease“.  You truly become desensitized after a while.  Both illness are easily dealt with, and very common. As a new parent though, hearing anything with “disease” in the title really makes you alert.

We vaccinate.  Get over it, leave your judgement at the door.  Our vaccination regimen includes the Flushot.  Despite this, we fell victim to the cold/flu over Christmas.  On boxing day Conor began to show cold symptoms and by the 27th I was a regular target for his uncontrollable vomit. Since Conor was little, anytime he has had cold symptoms it usually turns into Croup.  We have been told for the last three years that he’d grow out of it, but here we are three years later and I’m still waiting.

That evening he became croupy and struggled to breath so we went to the hospital for our regular nebulizer treatment and steroid.  It worked immediately and after several hours of observation we were sent home.

Our little patient zero, then was just dealing with a cold. Of course, however, he has taken the whole house down. First me, and I bounced back pretty quick. Now Rob and Lily are dealing with congestion and general malaise.

Arrgh. There is nothing worse than a baby with cold.  There isn’t much you can do but ride it out, use a humidifier, and baby vicks on the chest and feet.  One tool I now have multiples of is the NoseFrida. 71-ZmtxxoqL._AC_SX466_Oh my goodness we couldn’t live with out it. Any child that can’t either blow their nose, or haven’t quite mastered it.. this little tool will be a game changer for you.  I use this combined with hydrasense for baby, and it keeps the kids breathing.  It took a lot of trial and error, but this seems to be the only sure combo that gets our littles through the cold season!

Pray for me we don’t have another round!

What home remedies do you use when your kids get coughs and colds? I would love to hear them! 

Confessions of An Accidental Co-Sleeper

Some how it has happened. We went from being anti co-sleepers to occasional co-sleepers to it becoming more regular occurrence. How did this happen?  We (me) did all of the research prior to Conor’s arrival, and our plan was to make sure we establish a firm routine of him sleeping in the bassinet.  We started off great, but then as his voracious appetite grew and his love of cuddles increased… the little man has found his way into our bed more regularly.

In an effort to share the “overnight” duties, we have Conor’s bassinet set up in the spare room rather than in the nursery or our primary bedroom.  It allows him to sleep in the same room as us in his bassinet, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and just about every other source out there. Our routine has been to alternate who is sleeping in the spare room so that they other can enjoy an evening of undisturbed sleep. I have returned to work, so Sunday to Thursday R takes the night shift and I take over Friday and Saturday night. It has been working very well.. except for the fact that the bassinet is getting less use than we intended.

Here is a list that Whattoexpect.com wrote regarding the pros and cons of co-sleeping

We notice that Conor has a longer, less interrupted sleep when he is with one of us and it is much easier to feed him and get him back to sleep when we co-sleep.  There is also a bit of selfishness on my part.. I love the baby cuddles.  We take all of the precautions, he doesn’t sleep under covers, he is on a flat surface away from pillows and every other “no no” that is on the list now for baby sleeping. R is already worried about how we will get him to transition to a crib if we are already starting this routine. That being said, Conor co-slept with R last night. So obviously necessity outweighs practicality sometimes. We aren’t able to co-sleep with him in our communal bed.. we co-sleep with 4 dogs. Maybe this was a foreshadow of what was to come. lol

So our goal this week.. become more diligent in putting Conor to sleep in his own bed. Let’s see how long that lasts.

Thoughts on co-sleeping? Would love to hear them..