preparing child for general anaesthetic

preparing child for anaesthetic

On Friday BG1 will be going into hospital for day surgery. She is having eight baby teeth removed because her mouth is over crowded and her adult teeth can’t make there way down. Eight teeth being removed is scary to hear for an adult. To a child it could be even scarier.

Although BG1 is super brave and loves her dentist

I still feel that she needs to be prepared of what will happen on the day of having her teeth removed.

9 times out of ten she has said ‘I’m fine mummy, I am not worried’ But at the beginning of the week she did say to me ‘mummy I am a little bit nervous’.

Now I try my best to re assure her and tell her that she will be fine and I will be with her when she goes to sleep and with her when she wakes up and she seems to be satisfied with that.

But how do you go about explaining and preparing a child for a general anaesthetic.

BG1 is 8 years old, she is still young but very bright and clever. I have always had a blunt, if you really want to know I will tell you kind of attitude. You should of heard the detailed conversations about how chickens end up in the supermarket.

This is how we have prepared BG1 for her general anaesthetic and surgery.

  • Tell them that they will not be alone. – Parents are allowed with their child while they are being put to sleep and will be brought back as the child wakes up. Mummy/Daddy will be right with you.
  • Let them know how long they will be in surgery. In BG1s case she should be in and out around 15-20 minutes.
  • Explain what will happen on the day. BG1 isn’t allowed to eat after 7:30am and not allowed to drink after 11.30am. we let her know this.
  • We also told her how she would be put to sleep. That she would have a mask over her face and when she was going to sleep she would have an injection in her hand.
  • We told her that she may bleed a little and be a little soar but that she would be able to have medicine to make her feel better.
  • Lastly we told her that if she had any questions or was scared she must say and we will be there to help her.

The tooth fairy will be visiting our house again this week.

Has your child had surgery? How did you prepare them?

My top 5 #Vicks tricks to help your kid feel better

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This post is an entry for the #VicksTricks Campaign.

Is it me or does it feel like cold and flu season just doesn’t end. It seems that once you have gotten rid of one nasty bug a new one makes it’s appearance. Or when one child get’s better the other becomes sick. And all hell breaks loose when they are all ill at once.

If you have been reading my blog you may remember at the beginning of it’s journey I wrote a post about being a nurse to three children. Since then it has been a constant battle with the bugs, LM taking some of the biggest hits. From September 2016 he has had 2 chest infections, the start of pnemonia and endless colds and coughs. Let’s not forget when the whole house got hit with the sickness bug. BG2 hasn’t faired much better with her chest infections either. And most recently the kids were hit with slapped cheek.

As a mum I know all too well of the stress that having a poorly child can bring. But fear not the more sickness bugs we face the more tools we gain to deal with them.



My top five tips for keeping the kids comfy during cold & flu season

  1. Duvets on the sofa. I don’t know about you but when I was a child being stuck in bed all day when you were sick was such a drag. Sofas are just as comfy as beds when you are sick and mean your child doesn’t get left out. The duvet and pillow gets pulled off the bed, dragged down the stairs and piled onto the sofa. You should be able to make out your childs head somewhere inbetween the cosy-ness.
  2. Disney Movies! A sick day is not complete in our house hold without a pile of Disney movies to make our way through. No ordinary movie will do, it has to be Disney!
  3. Snuggle time with Mummy. I will take every chance I can get to snuggle with the kids, even at the cost of getting sick myself. Having them snuggled up under your arm, drifting off to sleep while you stroke their hair beats cleaning the house any day. I always remember my own mum doing this when I was sick.
  4. Let them eat Ice cream. Yes Ice cream! Any food is better than no food even if it is full of crap. When your child is suffering from a sora throat and doesn’t want anything to eat, I am sure they will be tempted with Ice-cream. Not only will it sooth the throat on the way down, they will also feel like they are being really naughty and can get away with it.
  5. Kick Daddy to the Curb! Or Sofa! Kids love sleeping in their parents bed and not only will feel more comforted next to you, it also means you may actually get some sleep because you won’t be worrying about them from the next room.

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Vicks is in my house

When I think of Vicks I instantly think of Vicks VapoRub. Doesn’t everybody have a pot in their medicine cabinet. My mum always used to say that if you had a cough you are supposed to put vicks vaporub on the soles of your feet and then put a pair of socks on. Anybody else’s mum swear by this? Well I now do this with my children.

But Vicks doesn’t stop there. Products also include Vicks first defence nasal spray and Vicks Vapoease patch for children.

Vicks Vaporub Infographic

Vicks Research

According to Vicks research on British Parents common at home remedies:

  • Over half (52%) of parents said that rest was the most important thing for making children feel better.
  • Followed by ‘medicine’, which 40% of parents rely on.
  • More than a third of parents (36%) believe in TLC for a cure

And how do these parents keep their poorly children entertained:

  • Three out of four (75%) British parents put on the TV or DVD
    Over a quarter (27%) read to their children
  • 1 in 10 parents get really creative telling jokes (8%) or doing magic tricks (2%)


Vicks have launched a series of #VicksTricks magic videos that are simple for you to recreate at home to keep your child smiling while they are poorly.

Vicks Tricks

illness has hit the house

What a fun weekend we had! It’s almost winter, the kids are back to school and that means one thing, bugs? The kind that makes you sick.

We were hit this weekend with a whole host of sickness bugs. Which couldn’t have come at a more inconvenient time. We had a wedding this weekend, however it wasn’t as enjoyable as it could have been.

LM had diarrhoea which meant we couldn’t take him unless we wanted an unhappy accident to happen during the ceremony. Which was a shame because he was looking forward to dancing.

I also wasn’t feeling great, I had a headache and sore throat and that totally ruined the day for me. I don’t get sick very often and if I do it doesn’t usually stop me from functioning however I was struggling this time.

At work on Friday all I wanted to do was bang my head against the desk and sleep, don’t think that would have gone down well with the boss.

Saturday at the wedding I really did just want to sleep. We returned home at 3:30pm to prepare for the evening party. There was no way I was up for partying – not one bit, my head was ready to explode.

So me and LM spent the night snuggled on the sofa watching movies, while the Hubby and BG1 partied the night away at the wedding party. They didn’t get home until near eleven! I am sure my seven year old has a better social life than I do.

Sunday rolled in and we all felt a little worse, by the end of the evening I had changed BG1’s bed sheets three times as she had been sick on them. LM was sleeping in my bed, he had caught my cough and his breathing was a bit erratic. That meant the hubby was on the sofa.

I was up with at least one of the kids every hour through out the night and also ended up being sick myself. The joys of being a mum. All in all I had around an hour and a half sleep and I started Monday morning with an explosion in my brain.

All I can say is thank goodness for Nannies, my mum arrived at half eight Monday morning ready to take LM to the doctors while I stayed in bed. The hubby woke up ill on the sofa and that’s were he stayed the entire day.

Once my mum had taken LM to the docs she also took the baby home with her – she had been the only one not to have been overcome by illness yet – and all of BG2’s bed sheets that needed washing.

Me and LM spent the entire day in bed sleeping while BG1 and the hubby spent the day curled on the sofa watching movies.

When my mum returned to drop BG2 off she only needed a bottle and was ready for bed. Mum helped BG1 shower as she had sick in her hair, and made BG1’s bed. It isn’t very often that illness completely takes me out, but I am thankful that I have my mum that I can rely on to help where she can. Sometimes we all need a little help.

Today I feel almost 100%, BG1 is back to school and LM will be heading back tomorrow.

Has illness hit your house yet? Want some tips on how to keep your little one comfy when feeling under the weather – check out this post

illness has hit the house