This quote is my very own and something I often say to my children. It is a reminder to us that whilst we can often get angry and frustrated with one another, we always have the power to choose our responses. It is very easy to say “he made me angry” and far more challenging to take ownership and say “I became angry…”
Remember, you have the power to control your emotions and to choose your responses.

10 Simple Ways to Help Stop the Dreaded Norovirus, Stomach Bug.

Have you or any members of your household been struck down by the dreaded Norovirus? I can personally tell you that it is very unpleasant and something that you really want to avoid where possible. Being a big family posed grave concerns for us as we experienced the virus spread from one family member to the other. We had to be stringent and take significant precautions if we didn’t want everyone to end up affected or should I say infected!

I conducted a bit of research into the origins of the Norovirus and discovered that it was first recorded in the American town of Norwalk, Ohio. An outbreak of gastroenteritis was reported among children and staff at a primary school in the town, where the name Norovirus derives from. Full details can be read here http://www.norovirus.com/history-of-norovirus/. It is a virus that usually presents itself during the months of November to May and it spreads faster than softened butter on hot toast.

So what are the symptoms?

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Nausea
  • Stomach pains
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Body aches
  • Generally feeling very unwell

In our household it started with our 13-month-old son, he had gone to a
One O’ Clock club with his childminder and within 24 hours he was vomiting, had diarrhoea, crying continuously, screaming in pain and generally unwell. He was refusing all food and drank very little fluid, whenever he did drink something it just came right back up again. After about 9 hours we decided to try him with a concoction of 5 fl oz of his formula milk, half a teaspoon of activated charcoal powder and half a teaspoon of organic turmeric (he sipped this gradually).
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/top-10-evidence-based-health-benefits-of-turmeric. Within an hour or so he started to brighten up and the diarrhoea stopped almost immediately. He vomited one further time after this concoction and was back to his normal self within about 4 hours.

Unfortunately, it was only a matter of hours before hubby started complaining about feeling unwell and of course, he had contracted it too. He reluctantly drank x1 teaspoon of charcoal powder mixed in water after about 6 hours of being unwell. Within a few hours, he started to feel a lot better and his symptoms regressed leaving him back to normal.

Lastly, the virus hit me, I was very concerned considering I was 30 weeks gestation in an already high-risk pregnancy. Sadly it hit me far worse than our 13-month-old and hubby. I drank a concoction of warm oat milk, 1 x teaspoon of activated charcoal and 1 x teaspoon of turmeric but it didn’t work on me as effectively as it did on the others. I had to repeat it about 3 times over a 24 hour period and eventually I started to feel a lot better. By day two I was almost back to normal. The vomiting and diarrhoea had stopped after about 16 hours or so but I was still affected by a terrible headache and fever. I also found drinking ginger effective in helping to settle my stomach. I was reassured by my midwife and the lovely paramedic on our 111 call that baby would be fine and not affected by the virus.

The most amazing thing was that in our household of 6 people only 3 of us actually caught the bug.

So how did we manage to prevent it from spreading further?

We took great precaution to ensure that we stopped the virus in its track. especially as one of our children had a very important upcoming event. Listed are 10 steps that we implemented to successfully stop it from spreading further.

  1. Use separate bathrooms. If possible I strongly recommend those that are infected use a separate bathroom.
  2. Clean all surfaces after vomiting and diahorrea using antibacterial wipes or a chlorine-based solution;  this includes; taps, sink, toilet flush, light switches, door handles, toilet seat, toilet base, and toilet lid. I went as far as even cleaning the floor each time. Dispose of all cleaning wipes, cloths or gloves in a separate plastic bag and remove from the home.
  3. Use antibacterial hand gel after washing hands.
  4. Use separate hand towels. We had our own personal hand towels to avoid any further cross-contamination.
  5. Avoid preparing food if possible until symptoms disappear.
  6. Sip lots of water.
  7. Keep glasses, mugs away from others and wash separately.
  8. Wash hands thoroughly after changing or cleaning a baby.
  9. Change bedding as soon as symptoms have disappeared.
  10. Try to avoid contact with others until symptoms disappear.

I know that some of the measures we took might seem a little extreme but it was only over a 24/48 hour period and it was very effective in stopping the virus in its tracts and protecting the other members of our household from becoming unwell.

Disclaimer:I am not medically trained or qualified, however, the above measures worked effectively for us in our family. I strongly suggest that if you have any concerns you contact your GP and research what remedies are fitting for you and your family. 

Parenting Tip 

Keeping abreast of your babies weight in between clinic visits. 

It isn’t always easy to get to your local clinic to keep track of your babies weight, especially for mothers with medical conditions or specific reasons preventing them from getting out and about. In such situations, it can be very difficult to keep on top of your babies weight. One way in which I combated that issue during a time that my mobility was limited was to weigh myself, then weigh myself again holding the baby and then deduct the difference. I’d then record my babies weight and was able to keep abreast of any changes which I could then report to my health visitor if necessary.   

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Hoop- What's on for Families

A fabulous App Hoop-Whats on for Families.

I absolutely love this app, it is packed with great ideas, activities, classes and days out for children local to you; from Monkey Music Rock’nRoll to Cooking classes.  It is very clear and concise and you can book activities directly from the app. You can filter by distance and price all at the tip of your finger in one convenient place. I definitely recommend downloading and using this app, and best of all its free!
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