In case of emergency: What to do if you think your child needs medical attention

It is something no parent likes to think about: their child going into hospital. While going in for an emergency treatment or checkup can be a stressful experience, it is something every parent needs to read up on so that they can keep their child safe and healthy. I have outlined some essential information to read up on so that in the event you do need to rush them in, you won’t be wasting any precious time and can get your child seen to as soon as possible. 

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When to go to A&E

The first thing to consider when you think your child may need urgent medical attention is what symptoms to look out for that are a cause for concern. Things such as a high temperature, difficulty breathing, a bad fall where they potentially hit their head, loss of consciousness, are all things that you need to be vigilant for and act on quickly. The other thing to look for, which may seem initially obvious, is what your child is telling you about any pain they are in. As a parent there is so much you have to deal with and a consequence of that is that every now and again you will push something your child said aside and dismiss it. The thing you need to do here is to simply ask some easy follow up questions and keep a mental note of if your child has complained of this symptom before, if this is the case they do indeed need a trip to A&E.

Keep calm and carry on

If you do need to make the trip to the hospital, this can be a distressing time for a child who perhaps doesn’t understand exactly what is going on. To this end, it is a good idea to find strategies on how to keep your child calm in these circumstances so that you limit how potentially upset your little one may become. A good idea is to pack a small bag with you before you leave for the hospital that includes some snacks and drinks, alongside some books, toys, and games to keep them well fed and entertained. By providing your child with some distraction you will give them the opportunity to be calm until they can be seen.

Knowing your rights

When you see a doctor, be it your local GP or at the hospital, your child is legally required to receive the best care possible and be treated with the utmost respect. If, when you are in A&E, you find that your child is not being taken seriously, or the that the care they are receiving is subpar, then you may want to look into pursuing a case of medical negligence. The Medical Negligence Experts can help by giving you legal advice and representation so you can get some justice.

Taking your child to the A&E is always a scary moment but knowing the early signs of illness and how to prepare in advance, you will be able to make the process go smoothly.

Tech presents for kids

It’s my twins birthday this weekend.. they’ll be nine years old!

Jeewiz how did that happen? It’s all going so quick I’d like time to slow down a bit please!

I still think of my twins as being about five or six… they’re only little and I guess with them being my last children… I do tend to baby them a LOT! They’re so cute and adorable and love cuddles and being with Mummy but what I’ve noticed with them, more so than with my older two, is that they don’t play with TOYS as much. They have loads of toys but they’re not interested in them at all really.

All they want to do is play on their gadgets and devices.

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They are obsessed!

I know this isn’t unusual in this day and age though… it’s a universal phenomenom we’re dealing with here as parents and although I do restrict ‘tablet’ time I don’t find it that much of a problem. It’s a sign of the times, kids need to be clued up and tech savvy in today’s world and actually, having these devices to play on certainly does have it’s advantages!

Most importantly, it means they’ll be quiet, especially if I’m needing to work as they’re so absorbed. It’s like they’re not even in the same house as me, barely moving at all until a last minute toilet dash or to eat! Also, by playing some of the games they download, they can all play together, which means they’re interacting and communicating, getting along nicely, rather than doing their own thing or even worse…. fighting!

So for their birthday this year they’ve asked for tech presents of course. On their rather extensive birthday list there’s not a single toy which is a bit sad… apart from maybe Squishes, which they have already!

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At the moment they have a PS3 that they play on but obviously, despite lots of games they have and still use regularly, the PS3 is now obsolete. They have the Nintendo Switch which they love and have asked for new games for but they have been asking for a new console for a while and it seems EITHER the PS4 or the XBox One will do! They’d have one of each if they could but they seem to be leaning more towards the XBox as this will be something completely new and the one that most of their friends have!

My eldest son had an Xbox. The old version he’s had it for years and still uses it! He’s not that into gaming so he hasn’t hanckered after a new one but I know he too would love it if we bought the XBox One S!

After reading up on it, this super machine not only provides exceptional family gaming but also has the Microsoft Windows userface (which I’m used to) and has the ability to do so much more in terms of entertainment experiences.

I’m sold anyway on this so even if we don’t get it for the twins’ birthday… it’ll still be on the wish list for Christmas and we’ll definitely buy it then! There’s absolutely no point in buying lots more toys…. they’ll get SOME of course but if they don’t play with them it’s a waste of money! They’ll get far more use out of the Xbox whether we like it or not!

Afternoon Tea Week 2018

This week.. 13th to 19th August 2018 is Afternoon Tea Week!

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Celebrating the great British tradition of Afternoon Tea week 2018 is set to be the biggest celebration of British style and elegant eccentricity ever. The tradition dating back to Victorian times was started by the seventh Duchess of Bedford. It’s claimed she created high tea while visiting the fifth Duke of Rutland at Belvoir Castle. Could she ever have imagined that her solution to afternoon hunger would not only turn into a British custom, but a week-long celebration?

Hotels, tea rooms and restaurants will be running one-off events and offering exclusive discounts, up and down the country.

Online experience gift retailer, Buyagift are offering 20% off their Afternoon Tea gifts with their special discount code to use on their website! And to make it more fun, they’ve come up with their very own hashtag #AfternoonteawithyourBFF to encourage you to enjoy one of their wonderful gifts with that special friend. Buyagift offer some of the best Afternoon Tea days around… from 5 star, posh hotels to fun themed affairs.. there’s something for everyone!

So if you’re looking for something lovely to do this week or this weekend…. be sure to grab the discount while it’s still on and join in with this wonderful national event!

 

Horrible Histories Barmy Britain – Part Four

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We headed into London again this week to see Horrible Histories Barmy Britain – Part Four live on stage!

This is a show that’s been running for a long time, changing and evolving, and we’ve always wanted to see one, so we were very excited to be finally going.

Horrible Histories began life as a series of books and magazines describing the gory and horrible side of life in Britain a long time ago! They are hilarious and gross in equal measure… written by Terry Deary and illustrated by Martin Brown, they have become a firm favourite with kids of all ages! The bestselling books cover every terrible time in history…. it’s ‘history with the nasty bits left in’!

Arriving at the Apollo theatre, we couldn’t wait to go inside and take our seats!

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This is the seventh year Horrible Histories has been in the West End and each part… one, two and three… have been sell out successes.

The stage show is directed by Neil Foster at The Birmingham Theatre Company who, since its foundation has staged over eighty productions and become one of the world’s leading producers of theatre for children and their families.

Only two actors play all the roles. Neal Foster the director is one, and Anthony Spargo is the other. Both utterly brilliant  and hilarious playing a variety of gross yet incredibly interesting characters.

I wasn’t sure what to expect initially or if my twins would like it, as I knew there’d be some gory bits and they can be a wary, but right from the off, the performers had them laughing out loud! The humour was right up their street. Good old toilet humour… literally! There’a a little bit at the start of the show when one of the actors ‘farts’ and the other one tries to copy him! Certainly broke the ice!

Then there was the insult song, which encouraged audience participation. Reading out this lot of lyrics was brilliant fun for all the children watching! Lots of giggles.

During this instalment of Barmy Britain Part Four, we learned all about Richard the Third and the funny reference to Shakespeare.. who was branded boring in comparison to this King; Henry the Eighth’s war’s and the fact that 7000  of his men walked away from battle because there was no beer; Queen Mary and Mary Queen of Scots… there was a very funny song telling us that these were in fact two separate Queens! Who knew?

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And King James, who was once a Scottish King but was brought down to be the English King!

There are so many facts and tales about all of these people plus lots and lots more. Did you know there was a job that entailed shovelling out your poo from your bucket toilet at the end of your garden or yard? Totally gross!

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We learned about the last woman to be burned to death in England as punishment for a crime and the fact the King James was an avid believer in witches and witchcraft.. he had thousands of women killed who he believed were witches and even wrote a whole book on demonism!

Another gruesome moment was when we were told that if someone was found dead and the police had no identity, they would put the dead persons head on a pole and ask members of the public if they recognised him/her!

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There were tales of pulling one’s own teeth out with pliers, barbaric operations and a bit of dance flossing thrown in too!

I could go on and on describing every single scene but I won’t. I don’t want to give TOO much away but it’s honestly so good and moves at a very fast pace, keeping my children totally engrossed from start to finish. It was funny and fascinating…. I only wish I’d seen all of the other, past shows too! Although you don’t need to have seen them to enjoy this one… it’s all brand new!

Horrible Histories Barmy Britain part 4 is on at the Apollo theatre until 1st September…. do go and see it.. it will be a massive hit with the kids! It’s one that young AND older kids will enjoy! Tickets can be booked through Nimax or any other retailers.

Three Tricks for Keeping Mess Minimal in Your Home

When you have children, keeping a tidy, organised home can feel like a mammoth task, one which no matter how often you try and truly declutter and clean, it never stays that way for long. After all, children come with an astounding amount of toys, clothes and mess, which you don’t want to restrict or curtail their creativity. So, what’s the solution? By keeping in mind a number of handy tricks, you can ensure your home stays mess-free for as long as possible (which will hopefully be more than one day!). Below are three such tips to help you turn your home from kid-chaos to minimal wonderland.

Storage, Storage and More Storage

You simply cannot underestimate the feeling of having every single toy put neatly in its place, books put away from the bedroom floor, and clothes arranged tidily in the wardrobe. How do you get to this point, however? By utilising clever storage hacks in every room! For example, your children’s room can be transformed from an area of disaster, with a mountain of toys and clothes piled in a corner to somewhere which evokes feelings of calm. Why not invest in a beautiful toy box, personalised especially for your kids? Alternatively, why not make use of all the wall space by attaching a variety of boxes to the walls, where books, dolls, teddy bears and stationery can live in harmony? Don’t forget to use under bed storage for children of all ages.

Create Themed Rooms

To truly keep the mess to a minimum, it’s worthwhile to create separate rooms for every member of the family. For example, rather than your children having their toys in the living room, why not adapt a spare room or a room you don’t use as much, such as a formal dining room, into a playroom? This way, the toys (hopefully!) stay in the correct room, instead of them being spread around the house.

This method can also work well for pets, particularly if you have a large dog. Dogs, especially after a long walk, can be muddy, wet and overexcited, meaning the mess can end up all over the house. By creating a dedicated space where your dog can dry off and be cleaned, you can minimise the amount of mud and dirt in other rooms. A utility room can be the ideal space, especially if it has easy to clean floors, such as hardwood floors from Kensyard.co.uk.

Create a Cleaning Schedule

This trick is rather simple but highly effective. How can you keep your entire home clean, tidy and mess-free if you don’t know exactly where to clean? You may have a rough idea, for example, cleaning the kitchen after every meal, but creating a schedule can help the whole family stay on task. If you have older children, setting cleaning chores are a great way to teach them responsibility and the life skills of keeping a home tidy and clean. Why not put together a schedule which accounts for every family member, from the youngest to the oldest? Your toddler may not be able to vacuum their rooms, but your teenagers certainly can!

How to fill the Summer Holidays Week by Week

The summer holidays can feel extremely long when you’re struggling for content to fill it with, but too short when the new school term is only weeks away. Filling the summer holidays week by week is more than achievable, but it will take a careful effort in planning and scheduling. It’s also important to consider pacing. Much like a good movie, your summer break must have periods of excitement bound and tempered by periods of calm relaxation to recharge those involved.

I’ll be honest and say we like to just chill out mainly in the holidays if we can. The kids need it. School is tiring so just doing nothing is appealing. My children are quite well behaved though (touch wood!) and they are happy playing, watching tv or in the garden!

It’s nice to break up the summer holidays with an actual holiday but many people who double book holidays back to back can often feel burned out! Same if you do nothing but socialise the entire time.. you can feel absolutely exhausted by the end week, right when school is starting.

Thankfully, the six weeks (on average) of the school break isn’t an overly long amount of time to plan for, so you needn’t worry about having to plan this like a military operation. However, it can pay to know exactly when and why you might enjoy certain activities at a certain time, so consider the following rough guide for clues on how to do this. 

The First Week

The first week of your summer holidays is likely the time when your family will want to relax from work or school for a time. Jumping right into a holiday can be a little tiring, and quite overcrowded depending on when you travel. However, some families might feel energised by the effort of jumping abroad with haste, so it all depends on your tastes and family setup. Spending at least a day or two bonding in your new time off can help everyone once again settle down with spending a full week together. This could perhaps be crested with hosting a family barbecue for even extended members of the family. The first week is also a great time for you and your children to polish off any homework or summer projects they may have been assigned, so they needn’t worry about them anymore.

The Second Week

This can be the perfect time to head on holiday. The family has settled and the summer is in full swing. If you have older teenagers who’re fans of the social vibe, this can be the perfect ‘party time.’ It’s the period with the most energy, so be sure to make use of it.

The Third Week

This week may continue to be filled with your holiday abroad. If not, this can be a perfect time to visit family, to settle into home life fully, to begin repairs on your home or take care of many other summer organisational tasks that you may not have gotten around to yet.

The Fourth Week

The fourth week is important for many reasons. It can be a great time to socialise, to visit family that live a relative distance away, a time to enter into a new hobby, a time to perhaps even spend time committing to some incredibly late spring cleaning. The fourth week is also an excellent time to commit to home repairs, such as installing insulation preparing for the winter, as the height of summer and August is here, and now is the best time for those servicemen to complete their tasks.

The Fifth Week

The fifth week is often a great time for creative and relaxing enjoyment. There are many small events you may consider worthy of attending, some that can inspire and relax your family in equal measure. For example, booking tickets to see Aladdin, the popular show touring theatres could help you and your family to bond, and can serve as a wonderful surprise. These shows often tour over summer, and booking in advance for this week can secure you a seat.

The Sixth Week

The final week of the school holidays is a perfect time to unwind, but you might also consider making use of the lowered prices of heading abroad or to a local holiday destination, as many parents will not risk heading there during the final week. However, you might be the family that absolutely relaxes from activity such as this, so one final special break could be a wonderful time. If not, consider relaxing, eating good food, bonding together as a family in your four walls or simply reading in the garden. Now is the time to once again adapt to the flow of life, and in one week begin remembering one of the funnest summers of your life.

With these simple tips, filling the summer holidays week by week could be a practical reality, instead of a worrying duty.

 

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Making the Most From Your Soft Furnishings

When you decorate a room, soft furnishings act as the perfect finishing touches. They can tie a colour scheme together, and also act as an opportunity for you to experiment with different textures. You need to focus on the soft element of your furnishings – they should be cosy and inviting; pulling a room together and welcoming you, and your loved ones, into your home.

So how can you make the most from them?

Making the Most From Your Soft Furnishings

Cushions

Let’s start in the living room, which is the room most people will see. Cushions are a simple way to colour co-ordinate a room. Whatever paint palettes you’ve chosen for the room, you definitely don’t want everything to be the same colour., even if it’s your favourite, it will be far too much. There are plenty of colours and designs for you to explore. If you fancy a bold print, don’t be afraid to embrace that. This year has seen the rise of cosy and homely as opposed to minimalist. You could have a variety of soft textures, too, to make the living room look more inviting.

Blinds

Don’t let your blinds just serve as a practical purpose for blocking out the light from a room. By choosing a bold print or colour, they can act as a stylish feature and really tie a space together. Direct Blinds have a wide range of colours and styles for you to choose from, so you can find the fit that’s right for you and your design. 

Towels

Similar to the blinds, towels could be considered as just another practical element to a home and not much thought given to them. However they play an important role in bringing some colour to a bathroom. You could either match them in a different shade to the walls, or go for contrasting colours to give the bathroom a stylish edge.

Duvets

The duvet is easily one of the most eye-catching elements in the bedroom. It can bring a room together and emphasise the look you’re going for. For a child’s room, you can go for fun, block, colours or cartoon prints. For your own room, you want something that reflects your ideals. This is your private haven away from the world. If you want a calming neutral bedspread, go for that. If you want to have fun with colour and patterns, choose that option. You do whatever you want as your bedroom is just for you.

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