Having a poorly little one is never fun especially if they are contagious and you both end up in quarantine. Here are M&B's genius hacks for dealing with a child who's poorly...
You can never have enough episodes of Octonauts or Thomas & Friends at your disposal.
1) Keep the TV planner stocked
You never know when illness will strike. Don’t make the amateur mistake of running down your Calpol stocks.
2) Be prepared
All of a sudden, naps, nursery rhymes and cuddly toys will make a return while the patient recuperates.
3) Rewind to baby days
Amazon Prime pays for itself with films, books and the medicine you can't get hold of at any pharmacy.
4) One-Click wonder
Hide a couple of presents at Christmas for entertainment emergencies in the dark days of chicken pox recovery.
6) Secret Santa
Enforced time at home will mean you will focus on every tiny household job that needs doing. There will be no cobwebs left anywhere and you’ll finally use those painting test pots to ‘touch up’ the scuffs on your walls!
7) Domestic goddess
They might embrace their digital childhoods usually, but when illness strikes, nothing beats a comic for a poorly little one.
8) Screen break
Actually, the long afternoons with quite child on your knee and the odd film watched together are very precious times.
9) Savour the moment
Once infectiousness passes, get outdoors to stretch their legs (and reclaim your sanity). A trip to post a letter will feel like an exotic holiday.
10) Cabin fever
You might not be ill yourself but observe a sensible bedtime: when the midnight cry comes, you’ll feel less horrific if you’ve banked some sleep.
11) Early nights
Worry about removing the stubborn little marks at a later date…
12) Sticker books will be your saviour
There’s no harm in keeping an eye on your favourite online outlets – you’ll be at home for deliveries at least.
13) House arrest has perks
Tender little tummies will only tolerate the plainest foods. Keeping white bread, crackers and bananas in the house is a wise move.
14) Beige food