Always make sure you have medicine in and paracetamol and ibuprofen, because you no you will always run out at 3am when one of the kids is screaming down the house.
Patients remember it maybe hard for your child to be able to tell you what is wrong properly but ask them more then once, and trust me telling the doctor it feels like spiders in their ears makes more sense to them then you think.
Also as hard as it is when you haven't slept for a week and, and yet they want you to sit with them at 2 am only to wake you at 6am like nothing happened. Take a breath and crack on. Trust me this is hard you only realise sleep is precious when you don't have any.
If you do not think what the doctor is telling you is right then ask for another opinion, use your mummy or daddy powers and listen to your gut because you know your child the best. I have pressured doctors in the past and sat for ages telling them everything that has happened just so they know everything.
Remember your child may not eat a lot whilst poorly but as long as they are drinking and going to the toilet then this is good.
Also keep up your strength if you child(ren) are not eating it is easy for you to forget to have something to eat but you really do need it.
Hopefully if your children are ill they will get better quickly and you will all be back at sleeping soundly. If not the crazy train of sleep deprivation is interesting to say the least. You are not any less a mum or dad if you ask for help. You cannot help your child if you are neglecting yourself. Most of all remember it will pass and hopefully quickly!