Has your child got reflux? Then mama, you have my sympathy. My daughters reflux is one of the hardest things I’ve had to deal with as a parent. If you haven’t dealt with reflux that can sound daft, it’s just a bit of vomit, right? But if your baby has reflux you’ll know the seemingly never ending sleepless nights, how it feels to see your child being ill again and again and of course you’ll also have the added joy of being out in public in clothes splattered in sick. Yep, I’ve been there. For a long period of time I was only getting four hours of sleep a night and to be honest I kind of lost the plot a bit. Actually I lost it quite a lot, there’s a reason why sleep deprivation is used as a method of torture. As my eldest child was never sick as a baby (true fact, we never even used a muslin with him) I had no idea what reflux was or how we could help our daughter so I’ve put this together as a little guide for parents who are going through it at the moment. Obviously I am not a doctor so do speak to your GP, consultant or paediatrician but hopefully this will help some parents that are looking for some advice on reflux from a mum who’s been there.
Are you a tidy person? I wish I was, but sadly I find tidying a little bit…boring. At the end of a day I know that I need to clean up or the house will be a mess tomorrow but all too often I just haven’t had the energy and after my husband and I have both finished writing in the evening we’ve often wandered into the floor to realise it’s still occupied by a small town of superheros and all their arch enemies, plus their appropriate houses, robots and snacks. But then two weeks ago we moved one piece of furniture and suddenly our home is significantly tidier every single day and we don’t have to dodge all the mess.
I am the mother of two children. My son, my eldest, has pretty much had a clean bill of health. I think the worst we’ve had is a sickness bug. My daughter, my youngest, well…she’s been different. I’m ‘lucky’ that all she’s had is asthma, I know there are many worse things. However my husband’s younger brother died of an asthma attack in his childhood so I also know how serious it can be. What I didn’t really know was how to treat it, or what to do when my eleven month old daughter couldn’t breathe properly.
Somehow the impossible has happened, this is my son’s last ever week at playgroup. I’m not quite sure how this can be the case since I’m fairly certain he only started a few weeks back but come September he’ll be starting school. That’s particularly crazy as it’s just taken me three attempts to write school, I’m not sure I’m ready for this! Like most mums I’m not super panicking about him starting, however I do want to make the transition as easy and enjoyable for him as possible, so with that in mind I asked the super wise ladies over on the Crafts on Sea Facebook page for their advice on preparing your child for starting school as well as the advice of some of my blogging friends and there’s a few things we’re doing thrown in here too!
Houston, we have a problem. My youngest, my sweet, cute little 20 month old baby girl, well, she’s a biter. And it hurts. A lot. I looked for advice on how to stop your kid biting in one of my local Facebook groups for mums and almost every single person said the same thing bite them back. Here’s the thing though, I’m not going to bite a baby. I mean she looks good enough to eat, but that’s just a saying, right? So I was kinda a bit stuffed for advice. Then I remembered I already had a marvelous Facebook group to hand who might be able to help, the lovely folks over at the Crafts on Sea page and hurray they saved the day!
All of these hints on stopping your kid biting are theirs, tried and tested by them. Obviously read them and then be sensible about what works for you, moving a head in might be great if you’re getting bitten while breastfeeding but it’s less likely to be great with a toddler, likewise telling kids no might be better advice for older children that bite than it is for a one week old. Let me know what works for you and I’ll report back on what’s working with my cute and cuddly little vampire!