We had obviously been forewarned about the germs that harbor within nursery walls – snotty children wiping their bogies on the toys, sneezing all over each other and stealing food from each other’s plates (food that’s likely been chewed up and spat out of a germ infested mouth)…There really is no wonder.
We seem to have been riddled with runny noses, chesty coughs and throat infections for the last two months now. Mr M seems to have come off quite well all things considering, whilst Taylor and I have been popping painkillers (gulping Calpol) and antibiotics like nobody’s business. But nothing seems to be shifting it.
Now, I’m not one to moan about illness – I avoid the doctors unless I’m certain I’m going to come out with medicine and I have a tendency to downplay ailments and illnesses. I can’t help it, I get it from my mother.
But obviously I’m a little different when it comes to my 16 month old daughter.
Just before the weekend Taylor came down with a fever so it was back to the doctors once more – this time we were told she had a throat and ear infection and we were sent home with antibiotics. And then four days later she woke up with a rash over her body – just like a heat rash.
So I thought it was a heat rash. She was the happiest I’d seen her in ages so surely it was nothing serious – we’d know if she was ill. Plus I’d looked at all of the rashes on Google images and it didn’t look like any of them. In my defense, we did have a heat wave this weekend and we’d spent a lot of time out in the sun…And then I took Taylor with me on my Aldi shop and even the check out lady said ‘ah has she got a bit of heat rash?” So that pretty much confirmed it for me.
I returned from Aldi and told the hubby that he could take her to the emergency doctor’s appointment he’d made. I was a little embarrassed – surely there are people feeling a lot more ill and need to see a doctor more urgently…
So when he pulled up an hour later and told me she’d been diagnosed with measles I thought he was having me on: “But she’s had her MMR, how’s that possible??” I asked? Apparently it is – and if she hadn’t had the vaccine at twelve months, she’d be in a much worse state than she is now. There’s nothing they can do for her of course – just more Calpol and wait for it to pass. And thank our lucky stars that we got her vaccinated in the first place.
The good news is that apparently once the rash comes out, it means that the worst of it is over and Taylor seems to be returning back to her usual happy self. I’d almost be worried about taking her back to nursery again next week if it wasn’t for the wasted fees that are constantly tallying up inside my head…£££££££££££.
We don’t need to talk about me (no, I’m fine, honestly – thanks for asking).
So take heed people – always take your child to the doctors, always get your child vaccinated.
And listen to Dad.
At least sometimes.
Have you managed to overcome the germs at nursery? I’d love to hear any tips you have!