Parenting is the hardest job to take as there’s no amount of preparation you can do to pull off everything in a breeze. It is difficult to comprehend how to be a parent most especially if it is your first time, everything is new and far from the roles you previously portrayed in life. Being a mom, you’ll normally experience moments of feeling overwhelmed and stressed. In my case, I experienced a roller-coaster ride of emotions during the first three years of my daughter. Being a mom is tiring but definitely rewarding and fulfilling. The joy you feel each time your baby smile and giggle is priceless.
It’s not a secret that parenting is a journey of trial and error, also known as the world’s most widely played game of improvisation. No amount of reading is going to save a first-time parent from a child left to their own devices. That’s often when the most amusing, albeit messy, mishaps happen. In fact, more than half of parents believe that they can’t take their eyes off their children, otherwise chaos would reign.
As a first-time mom, I had my fair-share of parenting mishaps which I must say shaped me to be a better mom. There’s no perfect parents right? Only persevering and unconditionally loving moms and dads who are willing to exert their best effort to make things right. Up to this moment that my daughter is 6 years old, I still unknowingly commit mistakes from time to time.
Join me as I look back to the mishaps I unintentionally made in my early years as a mom…
I left one of her pony tails on the bed. In a split second, she was chewing it like a bubble gum. Thank God she didn’t swallow it!
That rare moment when I left Keisha unsupervised, and there she was munching her shoe like a fries.
There were countless times when I mistakenly used a regular shampoo or even sometimes my feminine wash to clean her hair.
We both took a nap and when I woke up I found her inside one of our cabinets.
And that que horror moment, when she managed to open our bedroom door and run outside.
Recently, Paracetamol Calpol® conducted a global survey to know the top parenting mistakes and to help parents choose and administer the right medicine for their child. The survey reveals that getting a child ready for school is when most mistakes happen. Here is the list of few of surprising findings in their survey:
- Parents have had some form of related mishap like oversleeping (98%) and making their kids late for school (38%).
- Parents have forgotten to prepare their child’s food for recess (31%).
- When it comes to medicating sick children, 55% of parents are confident about treating their child’s pain, but nearly 1 in 2 parents in some countries find it stressful to know how much medicine to give. This is hardly surprising as the number one parenting concern is when their child is sick
I am guilty as well of these mistakes, but when it comes to medicating my child when she’s sick I make no mistake with Calpol!
According to Jolina, #CalpolMakeNoMistake ambassador, “As a first time mom, I worry a lot about Pele, even on small things that moms with two or more kids will probably shrugh off. When I notice something unusual on Pele or if I am unsure about anything, nagtatanong talaga agad ako sa doctor ni Pele because she really knows what to do. Pwedeng may ma-advise sa ‘kin ‘yung ibang parents but children are different and what works for one child may not be suitable for another. I want to make sure that my son is comfortable kaya I only trust my son’s pediatrician when it comes to anything related to Pele’s health.”
As a parent, nothing hurts more than seeing your child gets sick because you can’t really do anything to ease their pain right away. According to the global survey conducted by Paracetamol Calpol®, child’s fever is a leading cause of anxiety for 84% of parents, with nearly 1 in 3 admitting they worry about giving them the right type of medicine.
Giving the right dose of medicine can be stressful and complicated but with Paracetamol Calpol® dosing wheel, you can easily determine what dose to give by just using your child’s weight and age. Every child is different, it’s not very accurate to dose based on their age alone. Using their weight in calculation makes it possible for medicine work more effectively. A dosage calculator takes the guesswork away, making it one less thing to worry about.
Ibuprofen vs. Paracetamol
Did you know that ibuprofen-based children’s medicines have side effects such as diarrhea, upset stomach, and nausea? Also, when using Ibuprofen-based pain and fever medicines there is an increased risked of side effects if your child is suffering from other conditions such as dehydration or dengue fever.
Unfortunately, many of the parents are totally unaware of the difference between Ibuprofen and Paracetamol. They think that they are equally safe for children when it fact that Ibuprofen has more side effects while Paracetamol has fewer interactions with other medicines and their active ingredients and fewer potential side effects.
Paracetamol Calpol® provides your child with fast, effective, temporary relief from pain and fever associated with teething, immunization, sore throat, headache, muscle ache, and cold & flu symptoms. I’ve been using this product for my daughter every time she gets sick, because we’ve proven many times that it was effective and, yet this was the medicine prescribed by her pedia. Aside from these, my daughter loves the taste of Calpol unlike other medicines she tried.
It is available in a variety of formulations that fit for various age. Paracetamol Calpol®’s range includes infant drops and suspensions, in orange (0-2yrs, 6-12yrs) and strawberry (2-6yrs) flavors.
Reasons why you should choose Paracetamol Calpol:
- Highly recommended by healthcare experts
- When used as directed. Paracetamol has the lowest rate of side effects among children’s over-the-counter pain and fever medicines.
- No other over-the-counter medicine has been trusted longer or proven more effective than Paracetamol for children’s pain and fever.
Thank you Calpol Philippines for sending me these Paracetamol Calpol bottles and Make No Mistake kit. Always remember that no parent is perfect, but when it comes to pain and fever, make no mistake choose Paracetamol Calpol®.
My fellow moms, I’m encouraging all of you to upload your fun photos with your child/children featuring the mishaps you made in your motherhood journey. Use the hashtag #CalpolMakeNoMistake to make other moms feel that they are not alone in their parenting boo-boos!
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