Wow! I never thought that this would happen to me. I never was the Club 18-30 Shagaluf holiday type. Yet, here I am, 2 months away from my 40th birthday and I’ve caught something.
Of course, I’m not talking about an STI, I’m talking about a(nother) common cold. Everybody knows that children are basically little incubators of mucus-borne diseases (Babies and colds). Babies, especially, put everything in their mouths, and so catching the lurgy is inevitable. We stopped sterilizing BB’s bottles for his evening feed a couple of weeks after BB’s quest for empiricism-by-mouth began. Quite frankly, we’d seen some of the noses on the children who were also playing with the toys at the various baby groups we thought ‘what the heck’, and let him begin to build an immune system.
It’s all good and healthy. And gross. I have, this morning, had to wipe an extremely snotty sneeze effluent off an infant in a jumperoo. This is as disgusting and as difficult as it sounds.
I suppose that, since BB is still partially breastfed, he’s still getting some immunity from me. Hopefully this is making the cold less unpleasant for him. He doesn’t seem too bothered during the day, but he’s a bit miserable at night. Last night, after trying to settle him in his cot between 22:30-02:00 with varying degrees of un-success, I finally brought him in with me. There, he finally settled. Cuddles make all the difference when you’re feeling poorly.
I did a little bit of (5 mins on Google) research, looking for some figures on the frequency of transfer of colds between children and their parents. I fully expected to find some depressing data telling me that I could expect to catch everything doing the rounds for the next decade (+++!). Instead, I found this: New Scientist. Apparently we’re less likely to get sick! I’m not convinced. I’m more inclined to think that we’re less likely to take time to recover from sickness, rather than not get colds and flu in the first place. I’ve only just recovered from a horrible cough and cold a fortnight ago and already my nose is tingling again. Anyway, they’re right about one thing; you can’t ‘get ill’ in the same way that you used to do. There’s a lot of ‘just getting on with it’ spirit in our house these days!
In the mean time, I’m dosing up and trying not to give myself brain freeze with Vick’s First Defense… maybe it will work. The empiricist in me wants to ask how I’ll know whether it’s more likely to be over the counter pharmaceuticals, the ‘higher level of well-being’ or sheer bloody-mindedness and a ‘can’t stop’ attitude that keeps this cold at bay (if I even can keep it at bay!). One thing’s for sure, though; I don’t want to find out by putting other people’s unwashed toys in my mouth. I’ll leave that to BB…