roses that grow along the fence…necessary pretty on dreary sick days
You know you’re alive when you spend the night to-ing and fro-ing between breastfeeding the baby and tending to the sick pre-schooler who just wants her mummy. You also have to smile when you walk, albeit sleepily, into the children’s room come morning and see your beloved partner sound asleep in his daughter’s bed – feet hanging off the side because 6ft3 men aren’t made for single beds.
This is parenthood. And when you can see past the sleep deprivation and snotty tissues, it’s still damn beautiful.
Poet has been snotty for a good month or so now. Last July when she started preschool she succumbed to about six viruses in as many months. It’s the pre-school rite of passage, is it not? You send your beloved child off into a room with twenty other children and you have to accept the fact that she’ll come home with messy plaits, paintings and a plethora of kid germs. Alas, this is childhood and the best path to building a strong immune system.
Over summer Poet was snot-free and didn’t have so much as a snuffle. Daily ocean swims and warm, dry air will do that. But, then autumn arrived and with it came the change-of-season cold; the snuffly nose came back. Poet has a “wet” constitution; when her immune system is compromised she’ll get snotty (Che has the opposite and rarely suffers from colds…he’s more likely to get tummy viruses). Unfortunately for Poet, this means that when her nose is blocked her ears are too. What we once dismissed as selective hearing is actually slight hearing loss from a blocked-up ear passage.
Next fortnight we return to the audiologist to have a hearing test and then it’s onto the ENT for a specialist opinion. I’m content with knowing that a snuffly nose is something that she will probably grow out of and I’m happy for her body to fight these little viruses on its own; she’s energetic, has a fantastic appetite and is happy – medication isn’t necessary right now. But, we need to sort out her ears and I know that ultimately the mucous is to blame. Subsequently, I’ve cut out dairy from her diet and am minimising fruit and “wet” foods to ensure that her body isn’t producing more mucous that what is necessary. I also regularly diffuse oils and rub eucalyptus balm into her feet and chest every night.
But still, in my mama heart I know that I’ll feel much better once a specialist opinion is at hand.
Are your children prone to snotty noses?
What’s your go-to method for colds and coughs?
Do you have a child with a tendency to get sore/blocked ears?