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How do yu look after ill 2 year old, when ill yourself?

(26 Posts)
fizzbuzz Fri 24-Oct-08 11:25:34

Dd up all night with temperature.

I am currently very very frequent visitor to toilet, coming out both ends sad

Dd screaming for attention downstairs, I am otherwise engaged upstairs sad Can't even clean up properly as she is so vocal.

Don't what to do, feel like shite............she is ill too. How do other people cope?

littleducks Fri 24-Oct-08 11:26:56

all go to bed and put tv on in there?

MrsMattie Fri 24-Oct-08 11:27:51

The eternal question...

If there is absolutely nobody who can come and relieve you for a few hours, then I say both get on the sofa with the duvet and CBeebies / a DVD on for her while you try to get some sleep (in between toilet trips).

I know of no other way!

EffiePerine Fri 24-Oct-08 11:27:52



dvds or cbeebies

VinegArghhhWasStabbedInTheTits Fri 24-Oct-08 11:30:31

Paracetemol for dd's temp
Plenty of water for you and no food stuff till the squirts stop
Quilt on the sofa, and snuggle up
Hope you feel better soon

Ds(2.3) and i were both ill this week, we just lounged all day.

beansmum Fri 24-Oct-08 11:36:54

I'm lucky that when ds is ill he just sleeps, but I agree, tv+duvet+calpol. If she has to cry for a couple of minutes while you are on the loo it wont kill her.

onepieceoflollipop Fri 24-Oct-08 11:39:37

Oh fizzbuzz you poor things. Set up a bed nearest your loo. (sofa if your loo is downstairs), bed if upstairs. Definitely get the tv on for her. Grab as many quick easy snacks as you can in a bag/box for her. Don't worry about regular meals. Just wash your hands before giving her a snack.

If you can't clean up properly then focus on scrubbing your hands and keep the loo handle and tap handles very clean. Change the towel loads or dry hands on kitchen roll. (use disposable wipes for cleaning if necessary)

PavlovtheWitchesCat Fri 24-Oct-08 11:42:20


savoycabbage Fri 24-Oct-08 11:45:05

Cbeebies and nightime calpol.

Sycamoretree Fri 24-Oct-08 11:57:02

Bed in your room, if you have tv and dvd in there. cbeebies. Lots of stuff your DD likes to eat for treats.

Will she stay in bed though? My DD (3) still won't stay in bed or on sofa when ill.

fizzbuzz Fri 24-Oct-08 12:09:40

She has had calpol, and seems to be reviving and tantrummung...all at my expense sad

Dd will not stay in bed at best of time, and unlike ds, will not go quiet and limp when ill, but instead becomes demanding and awkward.

Have instructed dp to come home as have legs like water, and she is insisting on going outside

jellybelly25 Fri 24-Oct-08 14:56:55

good for you. it's impossible! I really totally sympathise.

when my dh is ill i am very careful to let him sleep all day and try to get out of the house with dd's as much as poss. When I am ill I have to make sure I am really actually considering whether I might be dying or not before I can get anyone to come and help me angry

sorry, strop over!

jellybelly25 Fri 24-Oct-08 14:58:41

get something really tantalising out like old makeup, let her go mad with it while you lie on the sofa waiting for your saviour smile

snowleopard Fri 24-Oct-08 15:07:59

It's awful, just hideous, I really feel for you. Last time I thought I was going to go out of my mind. I managed with the sofa/duvet/telly & DVDs for some of it, but also had to call DP home from work at its worst (I had flu). If I hadn't had DP, I think I would have paid an emergency nanny or something. Is that a possibility?

snowleopard Fri 24-Oct-08 15:09:09

Sorry I see you are getting your DP home. Get well soon!

jnmum Sun 26-Oct-08 00:27:37

I am a single parent and last winter had pneumonia and bronchitus while my son (then 4) had vomitting and diahorria. There was noone to help me, my parents were ill, my brothers are totally selfish and I was too ill to even think of asking friends.

I barely coped, but took codeine to help with my bronchitus and slept when he was asleep.

I have a plan though that should that situation ever happen again - even without him being ill, just me being incapacitated I would call an emergency live in nanny. I have saved (since that incident £50 a month into a savings account and now have £600 in it) which I would use for that purpose.

jnmum Sun 26-Oct-08 00:30:21

I also ordered all foods and toilettries to be delivered from tesco and didn't leave the house for 2 weeks. His vomitting bug only lasted four days so after that I had to get him to school but that was a relief because I booked him into after school club for the week and then went back to bed after I'd dropped him. It was a horrendeus time and the worst period of my life.

padboz Sun 26-Oct-08 00:34:55

I once had winter vomiting virus, a 14 month old with winter vomiting virus and a 3 week old breast fed baby(who was fine). We didn't cope but no-one died. whatever happens it will be over soon, but try and get someone to bring airbeds so that you can lie down wherever LO wants to be.

Skramble Sun 26-Oct-08 00:40:41

Your basicly not allowed to be il grin

I usually tank myself up with drugs and do what I can.

Skramble Sun 26-Oct-08 00:44:03

I remember the horrible christmas day we had (DS opened his presents in between vomiting in a bucket, DD didn't manage much, those who could eat did so on their own at the kitchen table between mop ups and suprise it was mum and gran who had to fing the emergency chemist thank goodness it was the big boots store so stocked up on nappies, pull ups (for DS who was far to big for them but felt better with them on and held in skoots better), anti bac spray, hand wash, baby wipes etc etc etc.

fizzbuzz Sun 26-Oct-08 09:03:24

Oh, I remember being a single parent, ill with an ill is just a nightmare isn't it?

Still feel like shite, but dd has improved and dp has been realy good this weekend.

Morloth Sun 26-Oct-08 09:39:22

Get some Imodium Instants - works like a charm.

lljkk Sun 26-Oct-08 09:42:06

Looking after ill child when I am ill is okay, after all, ill child just wants to curl up under duvet, too.

Looking after buzzing off the walls quite well child when I am very ill, now THAT is a nightmare.

UpJacobscreek Sun 26-Oct-08 10:04:38

Hope you feel better soon fizzbuzz its a nightmare ,I remember having strep throat and dp had just started a new job so really couldn't get a day off ,I was looking after a new baby and 4 dc during the six week holidays ,DD threw a tantrum on chemist I had to walk home and i can remember just crying and crying with the pain and tiredness .
I can also remember ranting at dp that if he was as ill as me he would have been signed off with a sicknote and in bed hmm I also threatened to go and get a sicknote from GP grin.

fizzbuzz Sun 26-Oct-08 19:56:58

Thanks for all symp.

Alas, when ill dd does not curl up under a duvet. She demands, and whines, and cries, but will not go to sleep..........ds would sleep all day when ill at her agehmm

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