My son gives us his flu then still expects to be looked after

The Guardian - Dec 02, 09:00 GMT

The biggest baby of all contest is a close run thing when a dose of flu strikes the whole familyThe first warning shot came when the boy started coughing

The biggest baby of all contest is a close run thing when a dose of flu strikes the whole family

The first warning shot came when the boy started coughing. As worrying as we found the minor dose he’d got, it was nothing compared to his own reaction to coughing for the first time; face twisted in a paroxysm of shock with each splutter, his pained cries replaced by a look of such affronted alarm it was almost comic. For the next three days, however, he was inconsolable; wheezing, not sleeping, and now sporting the tiny, red eyes of a stoner who’d spent a summer bank holiday staring directly at the sun.

By Monday, just as he had almost recovered, my wife and I both started feeling that telltale tickle at the back of the throat and a muddle-headed gloom about our foreheads. Before long, we had weary joints and a vague sense that every light in the house had been re-engineered to the floodlit brightness of a dental surgery. We were, it was clear, becoming drastically, and dramatically unwell.

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