Medical Expert

I'm not a medical expert, obviously - best to get that disclaimer in early on. But, five babies in, I'm getting pretty au fait with the range of common and not-so-common afflictions that seem to come along with the nappies and bottles.

Every child seems to come with their own set of conditions, and two of them have been admitted to hospital at least once. So here, in no particular order, is the full range of infant and toddler medical complaints I can now be expected to dispense unwelcome advice about!

  • Eczema
  • Fungal skin infections
  • Coughs and colds
  • Toddler diarrhoea
  • Hyper-mobility
  • Pronator roll
  • Speech delay requiring speech therapy
  • Nits
  • More eczema
  • Hepatitis C
  • Withdrawals - thankfully not severe
  • Respiratory condition that requires inhalers but we can't call it asthma because the child's too young
  • Reflux
  • Chest infections
  • Teething
  • 'Viruses' - this includes everything from coughs and mysterious rashes to a temperature so high it necessitated an overnight stay on the children's ward
  • Earache
  • Night terrors
  • Unexplained seizures
  • Visual development delay
  • Cradle cap (soooo much cradle cap!)
  • Compulsion to eat non-food items
  • Chicken pox

Basically, if you're thinking of becoming a foster carer, you'd better be prepared to develop a very, very good working relationship with every medical professional in your town!


  1. This list makes our two sound remarkably healthy! In two years I've only had to deal with eczema, constipation, one episode of vomiting and a high temperature. I'll call that a win. ;) I'll know where to come for advice for the rest now though!

  2. I thought I had learnt a pretty comprehensive list of medical conditions after Mini was placed, but then along came Dollop and a few more revealed themselves! There's no getting away from many of these when you're a parent is there? Between us I reckon we could create our own version of Affliction Bingo!

    Thanks for linking up as always, to #WASO x


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