The top 10 medical ‘moments’ in year 1 and what to do

  • Post-immunisation fever: Calpol, an under-the-arm thermometer and a room temperature thermometer. GroCompany have an excellent one which can be placed near/on the cot.
Flynn after a nasty fall looking rather sorry for himself

Flynn after a nasty fall looking rather sorry for himself


  • Norovirus: a year’s supply of nappies, wipes and barrier cream. If the barrier cream fails, then Metanium cream is great for nappy rash. If the sickness/diarrhoea continues for an extended period of time, seek the advice of a GP and consider Dioralyte, given gradually via an oral syringe.


  • Colds: a humidifier with Snufflebabe Vapour Oil in the water, radiators turned off and the monitor volume turned up. Maybe consider moving a very little baby back into your room during the worst period, for peace of mind


  • Fevers: a room temperature thermometer – see 1. above, a fan (but not directed onto your child) and Calpol. Nurofen for children is also good and lasts longer than Calpol


  • Coughs: coughs last a long time – up to 8 weeks and disrupt eating and sleep. Consider purchasing a cool humidifier (which puts moisture back into the air) and cot stackers, which go under one end of the cot (where babies’ head goes).


  • Falling off the bed: you will be mortified when it happens and think you’ve caused permanent damage. If baby cries and there are no signs of concussion, then all should be fine but monitor them when they sleep over the next 24 hours. It’s when they don’t cry that you need to call 111 and get baby checked out.


  • Banging of the head on a hard surface: this happened to us and Flynn fell from a height and banged his head on a stone floor. He went very quiet immediately after and then projectile vomited repeatedly. This is very normal and as a result of shock and adrenalin kicking in. It’s when the baby goes limp immediately after and/or repeatedly vomits, that you need to seek medical attention.


  • Trapping fingers in doors: little fingers fit into the smallest of cracks. I slammed the door with Flynn’s finger trapped. When removed, there was a crease in the middle of his finger. Fearing a break, I took him to A&E. The sign that all was ok was that I could press the finger without him crying and there was minimal swelling. If baby won’t allow you to touch the finger, then get it checked out by a medical professional.


  • Teething: a form of torture (for both baby and the parents). Nelsons Teething Granules aka baby crack cocaine are brilliant. I didn’t really get on with any teethers, but they work for a lot of people. The molars can really hurt, so have Calpol on hand to help at night.


  • Animal nibbles and scratches (due to pulling of said animal): a toddler, when walking, will make it their mission to invade the family pet’s personal space. Sitting in their basket, vigorously stroking them and pulling of their tail are all part of learning how to interact with an animal. However, said animal will soon decide enough is enough and whip out the claws. Savlon and a lot of magical get better dust are all that is needed!