(Does your kid throw up that much? Because this is not right.)
Anyway, here are my tips:
- Have back ups ready. Be ready with clean pjs, clean sheets and clean mattress pads. I have at least two of everything so that the bed and child can be stripped and put back in working order while everything else is in the wash.
- Divide and conquer. The husband and I have come up with a plan of action that just happens now. I usually hear Peanut get sick because I am a super light sleeper and have freakish hearing (like a bat or some other animal with freakish hearing). I go check on Peanut, notice the puke, holler for him and pass the child off for clean up. Then I strip the bed, blankets, etc., do a prewash in the kitchen sink and throw everything in the washing machine because I cannot have the smell of vomit in my house for long.
- Keep the kid near you for at least awhile. I am convinced every kid has a magic vomit number. My kid throws up at least three times within the first 30 minutes of the initial throw up. You don’t want to have to change the bedding and pjs again so be prepared. Our strategy is to bring Peanut to bed with us. We put a large towel down and keep a big mixing bowl nearby. I usually put my hand on her stomach to give me a heads up if she’s about to ralph. The other night, the bowl was on the way to be washed out when she began to throw up again. I began yelling “BOWL, BOWL, BOWL!” until the husband hustled back with it just in time. (It however didn't help when she looked at me all pitiful and coughed puke all over me. The husband had the good sense not to laugh.)
- Be prepared for a restless sleep. Toddlers are apt to flip-flop around in their sleep. Peanut does this and talks as well. She kept yelling out “I need to brush my teeth” in her sleep even though we had brushed them two or three times and given her some water to wash out her mouth. Finally, at 6 a.m., six hours after the initial incident, she went back to her own bed because I was convinced the puking was done for now.
- Be prepared to get sick yourself. Kids are like freaking outbreak monkeys. They, however, seem to bounce back much quicker from sickness. Peanut was sick and better within 16 hours. I had a headache within 24 hours and was sick within 36. I still feel yucky and will probably continue to be so for another day.