Letting sleeping toddlers lie

As I type, little Scrip has already been asleep for six hours, and it’s only 9.45pm. She’s suffering from a virus – with a nasty viral rash – along with two canines working their way up through her gums. Not a happy combination.

ScripIt was pretty scary earlier today when I received a text about a sudden rash she had, that didn’t seem to be disappearing under a tumbler. I now know that there are different kinds of tumbler tests – not just pressing the glass down but also rolling it over the rash. The first can be used for heat rashes, the second, for most viral rashes, unless it’s something more serious. Luckily, the rash disappeared with the second.

My doctor was really helpful – even though I called her at lunchtime when the surgery was closed – and she made an emergency appointment straight away. She checked Scrip out thoroughly and prescribed our old friends Calpol and Baby Nurofen, which can be used four hours apart but alternately (so a dose of Calpol then a dose of Baby Nurofen two hours later, then Calpol two hours after that and so on) if necessary. We’re also going to keep an eye on the rash and check if it becomes itchy or changes in any way.

Scrip is not at all herself – she’s been eating bits and pieces – particularly berries and Goodies’ Sweetcorn Crisps, and drinking water, which is good – but with nothing like her normal appetite. And every time she does get up, she tries to play, seems to get very tired, whines and then asks to go to bed. But hopefully that’s just her body fighting the infection in the best way it knows how.

She’s also staying away from other children – which means no nannyshare buddy, no park and no swings and definitely no meeting her new baby cousin this weekend.  Just books and cuddles and parents and grandparents looking after her for the next few days.

Hopefully she’ll get over it soon and be back to her cheeky, energetic little self. Because although I’ve been able to work undisturbed all evening, I can’t wait to see her up and about and distracting me like only she knows how.

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