Coping With Tonsillitis & Sickness At 11 Months

23rd February 2016

Aria has been attending private nursery one day a week since she was eight months old. While sending them to nursery young has it’s advantages it also comes with disadvantages, such as they pick up every single illness going. So far she has managed to pick up several coughs and colds, chicken pox, tonsillitis and a sickness bug! Having dealt with so many minor illnesses I’ve picked up a few ‘essential items’ along the way.

Kinetik Non-Contact Thermometer* – This thermometer is great for keeping a check on baby’s temperature without disturbing them. When Aria had tonsillitis she slept a lot, her temperature climbed up over 40 twice so we needed to keep a check on it regularly. This non contact thermometer meant that we could easily get an accurate reading while she was sleeping. This thermometer can also be used to check room and surface (milk, bath, etc) temperatures.

Calpol Plug In – When Aria had the tonsillitis she was quite bunged up and often woke up as she had difficulty breathing. The Calpol plug in is amazing, it releases a soothing menthol lavender and camomile scent over eight hours and it is so refreshing. The scent is very strong and can be quite overpowering, but I do believe it really worked to help Aria breath easier in the nights. I personally love the smell and quite fancy one in my own room!

Calpol & Nurofen – I’m sure these two go without saying. They worked wonders at bringing Aria’s temperature down so I had to include them. The fact that these can be used together really helped us, when the Calpol started to wear off but we weren’t due another dose we could give Aria the Nurofen to keep her going. Be careful with the Nurofen as it isn’t recommended if baby is being sick, Aria wasn’t sick when she first had tonsilitis but as soon as she started to be sick we stopped the Nurofen.

Jelly – We bought Aria some Hartley’s jelly pots when she had the tonsillitis, she wouldn’t eat but wanted her to have something in her. Even though these can be kept at room temperature we kept them in the fridge and gave her them cold along with a blob of ice cream. She loved them.

Messy Mat* – I’ve previously reviewed The Messy Mat, but back then I hadn’t discovered how great it was for sickness bugs. When Aria had her sickness bug she was happy in between being sick and wanting to play, so we sat her on her messy mat along with a few toys. When she then threw up it all went on this easy to clean mat. It isn’t the most glamorous use for this pretty floral mat but it saved me a lot of mess and washing.

Patience – This will be a difficult time for you and your baby. There will be lots of tears, sleepless nights and you will feel unless at times. Just be patient and give plenty of cwtches.

Amoxicillin – Last but certainly not least, if your baby really is ill with tonsilitis take them to the Doctor and get some Amoxicillin. Aria brightened up instantly after taking this and had fully recovered within a few days.

What are your top tips and products for dealing with babies who aren’t very well?

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  • Reply Rebecca U 23rd February 2016 at 2:07 pm

    Wow I've never heard of a calpol plugin – what a life changer?!

  • Reply Emma White 23rd February 2016 at 7:27 pm

    oh no I so feel for you Kody now 5 has had this horrid thing at least 5 times a year since he was born its just awful

  • Reply Harriet Shearsmith 23rd February 2016 at 8:30 pm

    Yes! We use the calpol plug in too, it's been fab, though I have to say it hasn't helped Edie sleep, but then nothing does haha! We also use snuffle babe. Hoping the bug goes away, hubs has suffered most his life with tonsillitis ending in a tonsillectomy last year. Sending love x

  • Reply Erin Ek Rush 23rd February 2016 at 9:50 pm

    How have I never heard of the Calpol Plug In? It sounds really useful. My little guy catches colds a lot!

  • Reply The London Mum 23rd February 2016 at 10:35 pm

    Great tips. Our son had tonsillitis and it took us a while to figure it out because it just seemed like normal teething issues for a while. I have never used the calpol plug in, but I think you're the third person to mention so it must be amazing!

  • Reply Kate 26th February 2016 at 7:44 pm

    I'd never heard of a calpol plug-in. Will definitely be looking into this! It's so awful when they're ill isn't it? Thank goodness we have access to all these medicines to help them feel better faster 🙂

  • Reply fritha strickland 28th February 2016 at 10:23 am

    I've also never heard of a calpol plug in! We've not dealt with tonsillitis thankfully, it sounds so nasty! x

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