You’ve not had a shower for two days, you haven’t slept properly for a week and you can’t remember the last decent meal you ate. Welcome to the Calpol Club.

When your little one is ill, you’re understandably worried 24/7, and it's likely you're putting your mini-me’s needs ahead of your own. You’re up with them through the early hours, reading and re-reading the medicine instructions you already know by heart and watching their every move. I know you feel like you’ll never leave the house again, but you will – just probably not today.

So, when you’re not being a napkin ninja and cleaning food off floors/walls/your face, take a second to realise that actually, you’re doing the best you can, and no, you’re not the world’s worst parent.

So, in honour of you being the household hero (no, really) we’ve compiled a little list of things you can do to help you get through the mini war zone your living room/bedroom/life has become.

Stay calm

This is easier said than done, but allowing yourself to get even more stressed won’t help you or your child. Take a step back and acknowledge you’re doing your best, even if your toddler’s tantrums say otherwise.

Get some rest

You need to be alert and aware when looking after your little one, so be sure to get some decent sleep when you’re able to. You’ll feel better after a few hours of rest, so when your child finally dozes off – that’s your cue.

Don’t forget to eat

It’s easy to forget to have breakfast, lunch and dinner when you’re busy tending to the needs of your child, but try not to. You need to keep your energy levels up, so try to eat regularly to stay on top of things.

Ask for advice

Don’t be scared to ask for help. Whether you have a question for your doctor, or want some advice from your best friend (a mother-of-four, how does she do it?) you should always seek support when you need it.

Enjoy downtime

Yes, really. A big part of your little one’s recovery process is downtime, which means you’re entitled to the same. If that means an evening in front of the TV with your child, or a blanket and their favourite toy – great. However, don’t feel bad if you decide to call upon your other half or the babysitter while you step outside for a quick run or a trip to the shops. Do whatever you need to do to keep a clear head.

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A study has concluded that exposure to environmental pollution while pregnant can have a serious impact on unborn babies - for up to three generations.

Researchers used rodents to conduct the investigation, which saw pregnant mice exposed to diesel exhaust particles and urban air particle concentrate. Having compared the lungs of the first, second and third generations of baby mice with other offspring that were not exposed to the particles, the researchers were able to determine an abnormality in the mice born to the mothers exposed to the pollutants.

The team discovered that the pollution caused the babies’ DNA to alter by way of abnormal changes in the immune cells known as dendritic cells – cells that play a major part when it comes to asthma developing in children and infants.

The increase of the dendritic cells was clearer in the first and second generation mice, implying that the risk lessens as generations become more and more removed.


Image courtesy of Mickael Tournier

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An asthma attack can be frightening for anyone, and even more so if the person involved is a child. If you’re a parent, watching your child experience an onset of symptoms will naturally frighten you too - meaning it can be difficult to remain calm and take the correct course of action.

Below, we reveal the signs that suggest your child is experiencing an asthma attack, and explain what you should do in such a situation.

Signs your child is having an asthma attack

  • Their inhaler is not providing them with relief as it normally would

  • They are struggling to talk to you

  • Their breathing is faster and accompanied by wheezing and/or coughing

  • They are complaining of stomach discomfort

Actions to take

  • Encourage your child to sit up as straight as they can

  • Reassure them as you try to calm them down

  • Assist them by ensuring they take their reliever inhaler every 30-60 seconds, but make sure they don’t use it more than 10 times

If your child’s symptoms continue, we advise you to call an ambulance. If for any reason your child does not have an inhaler, call the emergency services immediately.


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