SUR­VIV­ING AN OUT­BREAK

Mother & Baby (Australia) - - Family Health -

You may have squeezed more orange juice than a juice fac­tory, but kids catch­ing the snif­fles is in­evitable. Cather­ine Oehlman, blog­ger at squig­gle­books.com, has these tips. Lower your ex­pec­ta­tions. Go with the flow. Be re­al­is­tic about meal­times, as chil­dren of­ten eat lightly when they are un­well.

Can­cel every­thing. It’s eas­ier to resched­ule plans than to drag around a sick child.

Look af­ter your­self. If you are run-down, you are more likely to catch what­ever your child has. You may need to take ‘shifts’ with your part­ner dur­ing the night to get some rest. If you are a sin­gle par­ent, ask for help dur­ing the day so you can deal with the long nights. And think about get­ting a yearly flu shot.

Trust your in­stincts. If your mummy in­stinct tells you some­thing isn’t right, don’t hes­i­tate to seek med­i­cal ad­vice.

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