You Know You’re a Parent When Your Kid Gets Sick

by The Momma on May 9, 2011

This weekend, instead of a nice, relaxing, enjoyable Mother’s Day, we got…more illness.

Yup, the Noodle was sick. Again.

This time, he had what we think was croup. And now that we’ve been through that, I must say we’ve been really lucky with the kid’s illnesses up to now. Because what he (and by extension WE) went through this weekend was MISERABLE. Between the no sleeping, the horrible sounds coming from his chest, the plaintive wails, the congestion hindering his breathing, the clinging to us, the fever, and the freaking COUGH…we were all miserable.

The Noodle is, all things considered, a pretty upbeat kid when he’s sick. This weekend he was less upbeat. There was more curling up with us. There was some crying from the coughing. There was a tiny bit of delirium from sleeplessness. It was really sad and pitiful–and really hard to watch.

But being the parents, that’s what you do. You put aside the fact that you’re worried or that every rasping cough breaks your heart a little, and you do what you need to do to take care of your kid. You let yourself get covered in snot, you sleep with toddler elbows knocking you in the face, you sweat from the heat of fevered little bodies clinging to you. It’s one of the hardest parts of being a parent. But at the same time, it’s easy. Because you know you have to do it. So you do.

Even when it takes your relaxing Mother’s Day weekend and throws it into a whirlwind of no sleep and anxiety.

Ah, motherhood.

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TechyDad May 9, 2011 at 9:27 am

Croup stinks. We’ve had it with our two boys more times than I can count. (Probably because my counting brain cells have died off after too many croup-related 1am wake up calls.) I’ve found two effective treatments for croup. One is only really applicable in the winter. Go outside (or onto an enclosed, non-heated porch) and let your child breathe the cold air. (Make sure you and your kid bundle up. You don’t want to freeze, just chill his lungs.)

The second is to close your shower curtain, turn the shower on the hottest you can and let steam fill the bathroom. Then rock your little one in your homemade sauna. The steam opens the airways and makes it easier for him to breathe.

Of course, these measures are only temporary, but even temporary relief is nice for both parent and child.

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The Daddy May 9, 2011 at 12:03 pm

We’ve heard similar excellent advice, which we will definitely try out. We did the super steamy shower sauna, which seemed to work well. Pediatrician also recommended the cold air, which seemed totally backwards to me- less moisture, but the cooling aspect makes total sense. But again, so many people have said it works, so we’ll be doing it for sure. We just wouldn’t have thought of it.

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Danny Grubb May 9, 2011 at 3:49 pm

We haven’t had croup, but what you’re saying about feeling like a parent with a sick/injured kid really hits home. When our children are sick, my wife and I will sleep with one twin each and get through it like a family… possibly with us getting sick as well. It’s part of the job description.

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Katherine May 9, 2011 at 10:01 pm

Illness is of course to be expected, but I certainly hope I do not have to deal with any super major issues. Almost a month ago my coworker’s newborn son was flown to Phoenix Children’s Hospital (yes flown, because we live in BFE) and ended up spending 10 days there. That would be hard to deal with on it’s own, but to top it off, the flight alone was probably $30,000.

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Kate May 10, 2011 at 10:40 am

Sorry to hear that your weekend was less than spectacular. This reminds me of my first two Mother’s Days with Beckett – they were miserable. She was horribly sick, we were sleep-deprived and nobody felt much like celebrating. This year was the first where she was feeling 100%, but she was downright ornery and totally-two-year-old. Ah….motherhood. :)

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