Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Meningitis: Do you know what to look for?

When I think of meningitis, the first thing that comes to mind is a rash. In particular a rash doesn't disappear when pressure is applied to it.

However, there are actually lots of other symptoms that you should look for and by all means I can't stress this enough - DO NOT WAIT FOR A RASH!

Symptoms of meningitis in babies and toddlers include:

Fever, cold hands and feet
Refusing food and vomiting
Fretful, dislike being handled
Drowsy, floppy, unresponsive 
Rapid breathing or grunting
Pale/blotchy skin. Spots/rash
Unusual cry/morning
Tense bulging soft spot
Stiff neck, dislike bright lights

Had I have known that the above list were also symptoms of meningitis, I would have acted quicker when one of our twins, M, started to feel unwell.

M showed the following symptoms:

Refusing food and vomiting
Drowsy, floppy, unresponsive 
Rapid breathing
Stiff neck, dislike bright lights


Monday, 2 May 2016

Essential Summer Duds for Dads

Summer is around the corner and that means it's time for some new clothes to ring in the season. Sometimes, outfitting fathers for the warm weather months is easier said than done. For many dads, trying to follow the latest fashion trends often spells disaster. Here are a few rules and trends to stick to so you can look your best during the summer without unnecessarily embarrassing your family.

When you're a grown-man with a family, you should be well beyond trying to attract attention with your clothes. When it comes to dads and fashion, less is more and your goal should be to blend in and simply look like a man that has his business together. However, that doesn't mean it has to be all solid colours and no fun. One of the best ways to spice up an outfit is with some sharp patterns, and no design is more on trend right now than plaid. The terrific-looking tartan is an essential item that this blog called a "wardrobe staple" and has been a must-have since its Scottish origins way back in the 1500s. One of the most popular styles is the classic checkered buffalo plaid, and the pattern goes well with any combination of colors and clothes.

Every parents nightmare

The past few days have been every parents nightmare.

What started off as a cold and a slight cough, quickly developed into something more serious.

As a result I've had a really big bought of mummy guilt. Last week, M, had a runny nose and a cough. She went to nursery as normal, but on Tuesday she wasn't herself. 

Tuesday evening, I was convinced that I'd keep her home from school the following day, but when she woke Wednesday morning, she was quite chirpy and more than happy to go to nursery so I took her.

When I picked her up and we got home, she was unnaturally upset. I made a doctors appointment straight away and the GP prescribed some antibiotics for a throat infection.

Personally I suspected tonsillitis as the girls are quite prone to it.

As soon as I go to the pharmacy to get M's antibiotics she was sick. She was sick again when we walked through our front door and she went down hill from there.

The following day I kept M off nursery, but she wasn't able to keep her antibiotics or any liquids down.

In the morning, my husband suggested taking her to A&E, but I didn't see much point as we'd been to the GP the day before. 

Around 3.30pm though, M was sick with bile and blood. We took her back to the GP who sent us to the children's ward in our local hospital.

This is where the mummy guilt kicks in as I wished I'd listened to my husband and gone to the doctors that morning instead of waiting. 

Anyway when we got to the hospital the doctors immediately put M on a drip to get some fluids into her and then took some blood from her.

Saturday, 30 April 2016

Vileda adds 'POW'er with new Superhero Campaign

Sometimes being a parent is a little bit like being a superhero. I've lost count of the amount of times that I've rescued one of my girls from eating some grass, falling from a sofa or landing face first in a pile of mud!

Sadly parents aren't equipped with the super powers that come with being a super hero, but if you've ever dreamt of being a superhero, I know I have, then here's your chance!

Caped crusaders, your mission, should you choose to accept, is to banish bacteria from your own home for good!

Ok, ok, it may not sound like a very good job for a first time superhero mission, but it's certainly an important one! Bacteria can build up quickly around the home and cause a number of illnesses. As parents the last thing we want for our little superheroes is for them to be unwell.

Don't worry though! You won't be alone in your mission as Vileda have four exceedingly super, superheroes to help! Read on to find out more about them, but also about how you can win the superheroes!

First up we have, The Teleporter, who is my personal favourite! Armed with the 100 degree hot spray mop, which I reviewed last year, The Teleporter doesn't need to worry about tripping over wires or lugging a heavy mop around, as the Vileda 100 degree hot spray mop is not only cordless, it's also lightweight!

Friday, 29 April 2016

Hospital Update

Thank you all for your kind messages. M is a lot brighter today, but she's not out of the woods yet.

Blood tests have revealed that she has an infection. Her infection markers are 200 - normal levels are just 5, so her infection is pretty serious.

Doctors have ruled out a urine infection so we're now waiting to hear back for the remainder of the blood tests which will check M's brain for signs of infection. Meningitis has been mentioned, but she has no rash, so we're hopeful and feeling positive that it's not that. 

She's very tired, de-hydrated and underweight, but we have managed to get a smile and some giggles out of her. 

Will keep you all updated x

Binky Linky #BinkyLinky

Due to unforeseen family circumstances there will be no linky today.

The Binky Linky will return next Friday.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Bead Kits from Bead-Kids Review

My girls and I love to make things. We’ve made jewellery in the past so when I was asked to review some bead kits, I jumped at the chance!

Bead-Kids was started by Mandy. She started Bead-Kids because she wanted a more flexible approach to work that would allow her to see more of her children growing up.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

What to do if your child doesn't get into their chosen school

Last Monday was a pretty nerve-wracking day for me, along with numerous other mums and dads. It was the day that we would find out what primary school our children had got into. At the time of applying for the girls school place we actually lived on the same road as the school so I was pretty confident that the girls would get in. 

Unfortunately we then found out that our landlord wanted to sell up leaving us in the difficult situation of finding a new home that was still within the catchment area. Thankfully, we were very lucky in finding a new home that was still within the catchment area, but I was a little nervous as we were no longer living as close to the school as we previously did, although we're still within walking distance. 

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

The Treat Box Company Review

‘Treats’ is a funny word isn’t it? When I think of treats for children, toys and food such as chocolate or sweets come to mind. One of my friends has ‘treat days’ for her children and it works really well for her. Do you have treat days or give your children treats?

If so, The Treat Box Company, will probably be of interest to you. As a mum to four year old twins I think they’re a pretty cool idea. 

Started by Janine, The Treat Box Company provides treat boxes, reward boxes and pre-filled party boxes. I wish I’d known about these before our girls had their birthday party as I would definitely have bought some of the pre-filled party boxes!

The treat boxes can be used for pretty much any occasion. Whether it’s a birthday gift, party or just as a thank you or well done treat.

The Treatbox Company are always changes their treat boxes to make them fun. Unless stated otherwise they will always have a combination of toys, stationary, some sweet treats, maybe some girl’s jewellery etc. 

I was sent two Princess TreatBoxes for my twins. They’re priced at £7.00 (price correct at the time of publishing this review), which I think is probably a little on the expensive side for what’s included, but if you want to take the hassle out of filling party bags etc yourself, then it’s probably worth paying for! Another thing to note is that you get free UK delivery with all of the treat boxes.

Inside the TreatBoxes were: