As I delve deeper into this mission to motherhood, I am realising that the further you go, the more you stumble across these kind of ‘controversy bridges’. These are certain issues that split mums down the middle, and have them fighting their corners and getting feisty in the process. Bottle or breast? Blanket or grow bag? Weaning at 4 months or six months? Yada yada yada, yawn…I’ve found myself having lots of Calpol convos over the last few weeks and it would seem there’s a couple of different camps on this one. Some mums keep the stuff under lock and key and shun others that use it, while some seem to hand it out at the slightest sniffle or grump like a pack of Starburst.
Although it’s not a place I usually like to sit, I am well and truly building myself a comfy little spot on top of the fence on this one. Phoenix is teething at the moment and overall it’s been surprisingly ok, no real dramas. He has two teeth now, very cute. There have been a few times when I’ve suspected his teeth were painful but wasn’t really sure if he was just tired, grizzly or sore. Now, I know that Calpol isn’t really anything major and pretty harmless but I’m not sure you should just dish out medicine willy nilly especially if there’s no fever. Although the other day he woke up at 4 am which is quite unusual and wouldn’t really settle. I gave him half a spoon of Calpol and within about 5 mins he was calm and back to sleep. So maybe I should have done the same other days to make my life easier and take away his pain; but then I also wondered if it just makes babies sleepy anyway and if I’d just used medicine to get him back to sleep which is surely wrong (if not illeagal?!)
So many things to think about!
It’s hard to believe that a few months ago my biggest decisions revolved along the lines of ‘shall I get red or black?’ and ‘hmmmm sushi or sandwich?’
What about you guys? Where do you sit on the old Calpol fence?