This Saturday began with a trip to the Walk in centre. As you may have seen from my Facebook status (please Like my page ‘Educating Roversi’ if you haven’t already), Baby R has a cough. It got me thinking about another side of motherhood I never thought about pre-baby: the constant turmoil you feel when your baby has some kind of illness.
As a parent it is part of your job to worry about your children, whether it be when they are a baby and you worry that they are only going to eat puree for the rest of their life (Honestly, I actual thought this was going to happen!) or when they are 18…okay maybe 16 in my case, and they go out up town for the first time. Obviously when your baby, who can’t speak and tell you wants wrong, has a cough or a sticky eye, or a runny ear or anything, you worry and then comes the decision, is it worth a trip to the doctors? I do not want to be one of those mums who is at the doctors every week because her baby sniffed a bit and I know there are mothers like that but equally I don’t want my boy suffering when he doesn’t need to. I have been to the doctors with our little man a handfull of times since he has been born, mainly when he has a temperature. Diagnosis has always been a virus, apart from today but it is simply just a cough. I was only worried because he was crying a bit when he coughed which made me think he might be in pain a bit and I didn’t want him to get an infection.
The doctor told me last time we ended up at the out of hours, when the munchkin spiked a temperature, that babies can get up to 24 virus’ in the first year – “WHAT?!” was my reaction “That’s like two a month!” (Maths was never my strong point! This is as advanced as I get.) It’s awful when your baby is ill because they are not themselves, sad, clingy and it’s heartbreaking. We went through about 5 weeks of virus’ which only eventually stopped when it turned into an ear infection and we got some banana medicine (antibiotics) which finally sorted him out and we got our happy baby boy back. it was draining!
When it comes to babies and children I think the best moto is “Better to be safe than sorry.” so i suppose if you have to be one of those mums thats at the doctors every week then so be it. Peace of mind is a wonderful thing and there are far too many horrifying stories that make mummies and daddies fearful of the worst so do what you have to do. Luckily, most doctors are very understanding when it comes to mums and their worries! 🙂