The tummy ache gets worse…
Jan09

The tummy ache gets worse…

After not getting to sleep until 11.20pm on New Year’s Day, I was desperate for my daughter to see a doctor about her worsening tummy ache. But everyone wants to see a doctor straight after a holiday and she wasn’t deemed an emergency, so we were given an appointment for the following Tuesday. The doctor I spoke to on the phone said in the meantime we should increase the dose of the dreaded chocolate medicine from two...

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Return to bedtime tummy aches and chocolate medicine
Jan06

Return to bedtime tummy aches and chocolate medicine

Back in the summer, when the doctor diagnosed the stomach aches my daughter had been having intermittently for a year as chronic constipation, he warned us that, without making dramatic changes, it would come back. So she cried and retched her way through a box of chocolate medicine (and cured herself, thank goodness) and the doctor prescribed her another box to put away for a rainy day. As a result of the tummy aches, my daughter...

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Bedtime tummy ache
Aug27

Bedtime tummy ache

Sometimes it seems like my lovely daughter – the clever girl, the confident dancer, the girl who shines in everything she does – leads a double life. There’s the daytime daughter, the one everyone knows, and there’s the night time daughter. The one only her family sees and, to be honest, only I really take much notice of. This is the daughter who worries about keeping things tidy and who can’t get to...

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Chocolate medicine
Aug19

Chocolate medicine

My daughter has been suffering from bedtime tummy aches for about a year now. When she has a tummy ache, she eventually falls asleep, then sleeps the whole night and wakes up perfectly fine. When, after tummy aches for three consecutive nights, she woke up not fine, I switched my plans from ‘see the doctor after our holiday’ to ‘see the doctor NOW’. I’d noticed she’d been weeing rather a lot, which...

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