The boy who always sleeps isn’t sleeping

Written by on December 4, 2009 in BLOG - 15 Comments

The 3 year old bit his tongue quite badly on Saturday and has been in pain whilst eating ever since. 

For two days mealtimes were a nightmare.  Being the compassionate mother that I am I told him to “bloody well get on an eat”.  On day three when I realised that he hadn’t had his usual quota of chocolate, sweets or biscuits for 48 hours I decided to make an appointment with the Dr.  The Dr told me it was a rather bad wound and prescribed him a special numbing spray.

I was guilt ridden but at the same time did wonder if the numbing spray would render his tongue numb enough so that he wouldn’t be able to ask the 345th ‘Why?’ of the day.

Anyway, because of the tongue problem the boy who always sleeps has decided to wake between 2 and 3am for the three C’s; a cry, a cuddle and the required dose of Calpol. 

Last night, before he went to bed, I sprayed his tongue and placed the Calpol in a place where I would find it in the dark whilst stumbling round at 2am.

At precisely 2.44am he woke crying.  By the time I’d stumbled out of bed, tripped over my hair straightneners, remembered where the Calpol was and reached him he was asleep again. 

I sat next to him and made sure he was tucked in and toasty.  Then as I was leaving he said …

“Mummy, I don’t like them” he said in his sleep.

“What don’t you like darling?” I said.

“Sweets” he said.

Maybe I should remind him of this after school tonight when he makes his weekly pilgramage to the school tuck shop, clutching his shiney 20 pence piece.

15 Comments on "The boy who always sleeps isn’t sleeping"

  1. aprilk December 5, 2009 at 1:10 am · Reply

    see thats what I would have done too, exactly, including the Mum guilt….In fact have just been doing it with this bloody sore throat i have today, bub 2 has been told ‘it is just a cold’ today i am bedridden and feel like I’ve been swallowing scourers, poor little boy :(

  2. Mwa December 4, 2009 at 10:33 pm · Reply

    Tongues hurt so bad! I feel for him.

    I once accused my son of faking an illness so that he wouldn’t have to go to school. He had a throat infection and a tummy bug. We’ve all been there.

  3. Mark J Daniels December 4, 2009 at 8:03 pm · Reply

    My son Jacob – now 6 but at the time 4 – was suffering bad nose bleeds . This went on for a week before my wife eventually discovered a popcorn kernel stuck up his nose. Turned out my older son, then 7, had been pushing popcorn up his nose whilst he slept during a cinema trip with the baby sitter! Said kernel had to be removed with a bar cocktail stick…

  4. Icklebabe_com December 4, 2009 at 6:04 pm · Reply

    aww, poor fella!
    love the 3 c’s thing will be using that, hope everything tongue related gets much better soon…who can live with out sweets!

  5. Heather December 4, 2009 at 5:20 pm · Reply

    good to see someone else with the same level of compasionate child rearing!

  6. TheMadHouse December 4, 2009 at 1:39 pm · Reply

    Poor little mite, you are as sceptical as I am. I hate tripping over everything in the dark trying to find the calpol though. I always stubb my toe. Hope he gets better soon.

  7. Daddy December 4, 2009 at 12:54 pm · Reply

    test test testicles

  8. Wife of bold December 4, 2009 at 12:53 pm · Reply

    Well done you for actually placing the calpol somewhere you could fnd it, i never remember to do that and i end up waking up the whole house in the process. Bless him, i think we’re all guilty of not taking their constant moaning seriously though :)

  9. Vic December 4, 2009 at 12:40 pm · Reply

    paras 2 and 3 are exactly how I would’ve acted but the poor boy must be bad if he doesn’t like sweets anymore.

  10. Josie @Sleep is for the Weak December 4, 2009 at 12:35 pm · Reply

    Ahh we are very familiar with the three C’s in our house too, given the constant teething battlefield that is Kai’s mouth.

    Poor little dude. I hope he feels better really soon (I’m SURE the dislike of sweets is only temporary – maybe he means the fizzy ones? They always hurt my tongue…) x

  11. Pippa December 4, 2009 at 12:18 pm · Reply

    Poor thing… never mind at least you know now that it is a proper wound and not an imaginery one!

  12. Insomniac Mummy December 4, 2009 at 12:17 pm · Reply

    Poor lad!

    My brother once tripped and nearly bit right through his tongue when he was about 4. Never seen so much blood in my life. Covered a whole towel on the way to A&E.

    Back then all they could do was prescribe antibiotics and make him gargle with salt water. Can’t stitch the tongue apparently. It took 6 weeks to heal and he had to eat everything through a straw. Was lucky not to bite right through!

    I hope he enjoys his pilgrimage later and the sweets.


  13. Crystal Jigsaw December 4, 2009 at 12:15 pm · Reply

    I think we’re all a bit guilty of the not believing – I blame the kids though! I have been through the story of the boy who cried wolf many times with Amy, but you wouldn’t know!!

    Hope he’s okay, and the wound soon clears up. Big hugs to you both.

    CJ xx

  14. Jodie at Mummy Mayhem December 4, 2009 at 12:15 pm · Reply

    This is obvious. The Calpol is affecting his brain. Not his tongue.

    I’d suggest to keep using it. It’s obviously having a positive effect.

  15. rachel pattisson December 4, 2009 at 12:12 pm · Reply

    Oh poor little thing! FP had an ulcer a week or so ago that prevented her from eating. She was miserable too. The ulcer persisted until I had queued for ages in Boots for a chat with the pharmacist, spent a fortune on special ointment and failed to administer said ointment (despite wrestling FP to the floor in a valiant attempt). THEN the ulcer was miraculously better. Hope the tongue heals up soon!

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