When Little Ones Get Sick and How Scary It Can Be

Friday night was one of the scariest nights that I have had as a parent to date. I have never felt so worried, panicked and scared for my little boy as I was at that moment. I wanted to share what happened so it may help another Mummy or Daddy and stop them for feeling that fear that I did.

So on Friday Bubba had been to my mother in laws, had been as good as gold and was in a really good mood. I picked him up when I finished work, we came home, he was playing and I started to sort things out for mine and hubbys night away (see this post if you don’t know what I am talking about)and everything was normal. Hubby came home, Bubs had his mad half hour like he always does, he had his bath and went to bed just like every other normal night. Hubs & I went to bed at about 10.30 and I had literally just dropped off when bubba started coughing. Hubs went into him and then that was when we knew something wasn’t right. Bubba started making this sound that I have never heard before. It sounded like a mixture of coughing, barking and gagging and it was terrifying. What was even worse though was that when he wasn’t coughing, he was struggling to catch his breath and was making a noise that I can even really describe every time he breathed in. As soon as I heard this strange noise I jumped out of bed and was in bubbas room like a shot. I really thought he was going to be sick so I took him off of bubba and tried to calm him down. As I was cuddling him I could feel the rattling in his chest and could hear him struggling for breath. This was when I started to get scared.

I and Hubs gave him a few minutes to calm down to see if the noise would stop and he would go back to normal. We honestly thought he had something stuck in his throat so checked his dummy, all in his cot and even shone a torch down his throat but couldn’t find anything. After waiting about 5/10 minutes and not seeing any improvement, Hubs got on the phone to the 111 service. I don’t really know what was said but next thing I know, Hubs was telling me to take bubs downstairs and within minutes we had 2 paramedics at the door.

As soon as they walked in and they heard Bubba one of the ladies said ‘Right, he has croup’. In my head, I was thinking..”what the hell is croup and how had my little boy got it?? He was fine a couple of hours ago?!?!”. Then the paramedics starting talking about nebulizer and getting him into the hospital so I quickly ran to get changed as I was still in my PJs, grab bubbas bags and shoved in his water, a bottle, the iPad , Dmoose and  his mickey teddy and some snacks and off we went.

5 hours later, after a lot of tears from Bubs, 2 coffees for me and hubby, some lovely nurses, a lot of walking around a&e with bubba waving at everyone and a steroid syrup thing for bubs..we went home. He did have croup and need the steroids to help relax his wind wipe and help him breath again. Whilst we were waiting for things in the hospital, I had a read up about croup on the NHS website and the symptoms were just spot on to what bubs had:

A child can get croup at any time of the year, although it’s more likely to occur during late autumn or early winter.
This may be because there are more viruses, such as colds and flu, around at this time of year.
Typical symptoms of croup include:
  • a bark-like cough
  • a hoarse or croaky voice
  • difficulty breathing
  • a harsh grating sound when breathing in, called stridor
Stridor is often most noticeable when the child cries or coughs. But in more severe cases of croup it can also occur when the child is resting or sleeping.
Symptoms tend to be worse at night.
Some children have cold-like symptoms for a few days before developing croup symptoms.
These cold-like symptoms can include:
  • a sore throat
  • a runny nose
  • a cough
  • high temperature (fever)

The above is taken from the NHS website and it described Bubba to a tee! The only thing that was different was that he had to an awful cough and stridor first and then got the cold like symptoms afterward. Croup is generally pretty harmless to children but sometimes (and in the case of Bubba) children may require medical attention as their windpipes and/or throat can get very swollen and cause breathing problems.

I really wish I would have heard of this before as I wouldn’t have panicked anywhere near as much if I would have to know that things were actually okay and Bubba was going to be fine. We defiantly did the right thing by calling 111 though and all the staff at the hospital were just brilliant!

So that was our Friday night! And…needless to say…we didn’t end up going for our night away as we didn’t want to leave Bubba when he was poorly and also we were shattered after getting only 3 hours sleep. Bubba is starting to get better but is still very snotty and has an awful cough. I am writing this on Sunday night and bubs have only been in bed for 2 and a half hours and we have already been up to him 4 times…I have a feeling it is going to be a loooooonnnnggggg night.


Does Technology hinder a child’s education?

A child’s learning Begins the day that they are born. These first couple days the first couple years of their lives are really important for discovery, learning, imagination and what not. As we grow and mature we learned a lot about ourselves and the world we live in.

Technology today allows us to teach her kids in many different ways. We no longer are limited to teaching them with her all the time you can use tools around us to help and aid in teaching our kids. One of these examples or musical books, these books play different rattles Bells beads that really get the child’s brain going, make connections and go beyond the basics. There are toys that play phrases, sing lullabies, teach ABCs and 123s.  Television and young children is a touchy subject and has a lot of debate around it,  some people say it’s okay with people highly discourage it  I’m not going to speak on the matter of Television but that there are a lot of different educational shows that that really do teach your kids something whether they get them repeating phrases, words Etc.

Role of a parent in the development of a kid and the role of technology in the education of a kid is an interesting topic. Parents can use technology to maximize a child’s learning, parents can also use technology to hinder kids learning.  Middle schoolers and teenagers have a hard time in school due to video games computers social media and other distracting devices.