My whatsapp beeps and it’s the NCT Group chat “Bright red rash and a miserable boy. Off to the doctors we go.” One of the little people is poorly. This isn’t unusual, at any one time through the winter it seems like at least one of the little mites has something that’s making them under the weather. However, what it always seems to boil down to is The Virus.
- Subdued child
- Runny eyes
- Red cheeks
- *insert your own symptom here*
Any of the above seem to boil down to the same thing. “It’s viral” says the doctor, as the mum cuddles her poorly babe.
And your heart sinks, because “it’s viral” means jack sh*t. Yes, thank goodness it usually means it’s nothing serious, but it also means that there isn’t much we can do but resort to the Calpol and Ibuprofen gods and ride it out.
What annoys me most about the old “virus” is that you never know whether you’re contagious. Me and Mini R aren’t very good at staying in, we like to get out and be sociable so staying in, well or unwell, isn’t ideal for us. Unfortunately it’s the only thing you can do because the guilt, if you passed said lergie onto another persons child, is too much to comprehend!In the first year of Mini R’s life it felt like every other week he was poorly, or teething (which is also the work of the devil). We had a period of about 6 weeks where we were at the doctors several times. I’m not a worrier and I don’t ring the doctors for every little thing that happens to my son, however his temperature kept spiking and that always unsettles me. One evening, about 8pm, when we were at the out of hours doctors for a third time with a tired, upset little guy, I asked the doctor if it was normal for a baby to have this many virus’. His reply was that a baby could have up to 24 virus’ within the first year! 24 SODDING VIRUS’!!!! WITHIN 12 MONTHS! I’m rubbish at maths but even I know that’s ridiculous!
Luckily (and I’ll probably regret writing this), we’ve been “virus” free for the last few months, suffering with no more than a cold (which is a type of virus you know? Ha ha!). I’m waiting. All Mini R’s mates have had things over the last few months so it’s bound to it us at some point!
It’s like no one quite knows what a “virus” is. It covers a range of symptoms and there is no cure other than cuddles, a sofa and plenty of Calpol/Ibuprofen because, in all honesty, you’ll be that knackered from the unsettled nights that you won’t be able to do much else anyway.