SURVIVING AN OUTBREAK
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.