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When I was pregnant I thought all my worries would disappear once the baby was born. You are constantly worrying about whether they are moving enough and growing correctly. But then baby is born and everything should be easier. Ha ha! Of course, that’s not the way things work out and you simply find a whole new lot of things to worry about no matter what age they are, even now at 34 years old I know my own mum still worries about me!
At least we can minimize some of those worries with a little planning and research. One of the major worries are illnesses that could affect our children. Even the simple coughs and colds* that disturb their sleep (and ours) can make life that bit more difficult. But using various healthcare treatments for minor ailments we can minimise the affect minor illnesses have on our families.
When my eldest was a baby he was in constant pain from teething. Although he is clearly over it now it was not easy coping with a constantly crying, chewing baby! Almost all the board books we owned when he was a baby were gnawed through, missing corners and even entire pages. The only thing I could rely on was medicine for teething, nothing else worked for him. Yet, when our youngest came along we didn’t even notice he had teeth coming in until they actually appeared! Strange how it can cause such pain to one child and not to the next.
I am particularly fair skinned and have suffered from sunburn many times over my life, despite doing my best to protect myself. I remember a particularly bad case of sunburn when I was in Belize as a teenager. I had put on plenty of high factor suncream and even a t-shirt, but whilst snorkeling in the sea it must have washed off the back of my legs. I walked back to the hostel in pain and spent the rest of the day lying face down on a hammock, which believe me is not an easy task! The burning was so painful and I had completely forgotten to buy anything to relieve the pain*** and just had to get on with it. I still have a surprising number of freckles on the back of my legs from this incident and I certainly won’t be letting this happen to me again, never mind my children! Because of this I am always concerned about the kids in sunny weather and they do get a little bored of me reminding them to put on suncream and hats. But surely that is better than learning the hard way like I did! Thankfully they don’t seem to burn as easily as I do, but I still buy lotions to soother their skin, just in case!
When You Need Advice
It can be expensive treating minor ailments, but fortunately in our country we are able to utilise the health service free of charge. Clearly, we shouldn’t go in with every minor ailment, but if you are worried about your family’s health it’s good to get an appointment and get them checked over. For things like coughs and colds you can also ask your local pharmacy for advice. They may not be doctors but they know a lot about the products available, advising you which is the best option for you and your children. Sometimes I’ve found it easier to head to the pharmacy for advice rather than the doctor, especially when you worried that you might be wasting the doctors time.
It’s good to know that whenever your family needs a little help with minor ailments we can turn to Care for up-to-date advice and treatments. From coughs and colds* to chicken pox or nappy rash**** to fevers***, they have it covered and can take a little of those parental worries away.
Jenny is a mother of two adventurous little beings, living near Stirling in Scotland. Jenny blogs about family lifestyle and travel over on her blog monkeyandmouse.co.uk
*Care Simple Linctus Paediatric Sugar Free. Contains Citric Acid Monohydrate. For the relief of dry coughs. Suitable as one 5ml spoonful for 1-5 year olds and two 5ml spoonfuls for 6-12 year olds. Always read the label.
**Care Ibuprofen for Children Oral Suspension. Contains Ibuprofen. Relieves mild to moderate pain such as headache, sore throats, teething pains and toothache as well as cold and flu symptoms and minor aches and sprains. Suitable for children aged 6 months to 12 years old. Always read the label.
***Care Ibuprofen 200mg Coated Tablets. Contain ibuprofen. For headaches, rheumatic and muscular pain, backache, feverishness, migraine, period pain, dental pain and neuralgia, even cold and flu symptoms. Suitable for children over 12 years and adults but not for use during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Always read the label.
****Care Zinc and Caster Oil Cream. Contains zinc oxide. Acts as a mild antiseptic and is useful for relieving the symptoms of nappy rash and other minor skin irritations. Suitable for use on adults, the elderly and children but women who are pregnancy, might be pregnant or are breastfeeding should speak to a healthcare professional first. Always read the label.