The kids have the daycare equivalent of kennel cough. It started with Jason, who has had 2 ear infections, pink eye, and a runny nose since the beginning of the year. Jung picked up the cough and an ear infection. Laura now has the cough and a stuffy nose. She calls it the “Penguin Arctic Cold,” a name that I think is an allusion to an Oswald episode where Henry had the sniffles.
Last night, none of us got our beauty sleep as Laura told her teacher this morning. Jason was restless, alternating between moans, hacking coughs, and cries. Laura was up at 3 AM, complaining that she couldn’t breathe.
As a parent, I am weak in the war against cold symptoms. Infants and young kids can’t take cough syrups like Nyquil. Instead, I am limited to:
- Vicks Baby Rub
- Saline Nose Drops administered with the help of Mister Neb, a compressor nebulizer system
- Ice Cream
May tonight bring sweet dreams and rest for all.