So after my last diary entry things have much improved, to say the least.
Both boys are almost back to normal and calm has resumed once more
if you can call a house with twin babies ‘calm’.
The bug seems to have heeded my warning and has packed it’s bags and moved out.
Just as well really… after just over a week of it, I was starting to lose the plot.
Shortly after I’d written the last post, the doctor called to check how we were doing. She gave some great advice and was really generous with her time and support. She told me a couple of things, that I didn’t know, that I also thought were great bits of advice for any other mama in the same boat that I was in last week…
1. Use bicarbonate of soda to neutralise the smell of vomit — who knew?! My GP is a veritable mine of knowledge!
2. Feed the babies little and often when they have sickness and diarrhoea; don’t starve them.
3. DO NOT stop giving the babies milk!
My mum had been adamant that you shouldn’t give milk to an infant — or anyone for that matter — who was being sick and I had argued that, when milk is their main source of nutrition, I thought that it was wrong to stop it altogether.
Our lovely GP has put this argument to rest, once and for all, as she said it’s imperative to continue with the milk feeds.
Reduce the volume, so their tummies aren’t being overfilled with too much liquid, but don’t stop them altogether. The reason for this is because humans have an enzyme in their stomach to break the milk proteins down… once you stop giving milk for any length of time, the enzymes will disappear — usually after 48 hours — then once you introduce milk feeds again, the baby’s stomach will struggle to break down the milk proteins until the enzymes are fully restored.
As a result, the side effect is diarrhoea. Which, as my doctor pointed out, is a nightmare as you won’t be sure if your child still has a tummy bug or if this is just the effect of the stomach struggling with the proteins in the milk. Either way, it’s not a great scenario!
I love our health service.
Where else in the world do they get free, fabulous medical advice — and services — as we do in the UK?
I know that people moan about it but I don’t think they realise how lucky we are.
I heart the NHS.