Win a £400 Merlin Pass in association with Sudocrem

Sudocrem is thas been soothing bottoms and much more for nearly 80 years now, and despite being an “older” company they are moving with the times, have a new website, and are now pleased to announce that they are running their first ever facebook competition.

And it looks set to be possibly their cutest!

Very simply you are asked to visit the Sudocrem Facebook page “like” it and post a picture of your child (under three) doing something funny and the story behind it.

*Please note – picture are not to have anything to do with Sudocrem itself – so pictures of two year olds who have used it as makeup please!*

The winner, chosen by Sudocrem’s own celebrity midwife Nikki Kahm, and Forest Labs staff, will be awarded with a 12 month Merlin Family Pass worth almost £4oo! For more details on this Merlin pass and what you can use this  for click here.

So why not – it’ll make someone’s half-terms and holidays much cheaper, and a LOT of fun!

The not so smallprint….


Content should relate to children aged 3 and under only. Please note, submissions must not relate or refer in any way to the use of Sudocrem Antiseptic Healing Cream or any other licensed medicine. Photographs and supporting text are both acceptable. The acceptance, disqualification or deletion of competition entries, without explanation or prior notification is entirely at the discretion of Forest Labs, as set out in the Terms and Conditions found on Entries can be submitted up until midnight on Wednesday 16th March 2011.

Our winner will be selected by Forest Labs staff and our wonderful celebrity midwife Nikki Kahn. The winner will be announced via on Monday 21st March 2011. Shortly thereafter the winner will be sent a 12 month Merlin Family Pass worth almost £400 (Family of 4 = 2 adults + 2 children OR 1 adult + 3 children) children must be under the age of 12 and full Merlin Terms and Conditions apply. The pass allows entry (with some restrictions) into top UK attractions including Alton Towers Resort Theme Park, THORPE PARK, Chessington World of Adventures, LEGOLAND® Windsor, The EDF Energy London Eye, The Dungeons, Warwick Castle, SEA LIFE Centres & Sanctuaries, Madame Tussauds London, Madame Tussauds Blackpool (from April), the Blackpool Tower Dungeon (from Sept) and the Blackpool Tower attractions (from Sept).Terms and Conditions relating to the use of the Merlin family pass are dictated by Merlin Entertainments Group only and can be found here:

Read the competition Terms and Conditions here:

Medical Mishaps #funny

I avoid the doctors surgery/hospitals whenever I can, and you are soon to find out why.

I seem to find myself in the strangest of scenarios. Here are three of my favourites.

  1. On visiting the GP for a repeat prescription (not my usual GP as he was on holiday), I was greeted with….                    “Stop! I know what is wrong with already. I can tell straight away how you are feeling, and you have a fat neck“. Silly cow was lucky not to have a fat lip after that comment. She proceeded to tell me I was tired, feeling low, had no energy… and told me my thyroid was knackered. Good Lord – I only went in for a repeat on my contraceptive pill! I left with an appointment for blood tests re my thyroid, feeling like death warmed up, and without my prescription. Test results concluded I have a wonderful thyroid, I just have a naturally fat neck.
  2. I went to the GP at 37 weeks with a thrombosed pile! Seriously, think a excrutiating third bumcheek. My GP asked me to get up on the trolley and show him. First off, I was a very heavy 37wk-er so getting up on the trolley via a stepstool was well, lets just say, it took ages! One peek and his comment was “My word, that is massive!”. My reply was “I’m assuming you mean the pile, not my rear end!“. Cue trip to A&E, and the on-call insisted on first calling Maternity to tell them I was here and what was wrong etc before doing anything. On the phone he bellowed “Yes, Mrs Cawood, lives at ****, yes Mrs Cawood, 2 ****** Close, Yes, thrombosed piles, yes piles, very large, anal yes, Mrs Cawood…..“.                                                                                                                             The sniggers from everyone in cubicles, were only slightly more obvious than my husband’s who was desperately trying to mask them. Then on-call then decided we needed a consultant to deal with the problem, so back on the phone, again very loudly “Mrs  Cawood, (reeled off my address, full name, DOB), HUGE, thrombosed pile, yes Sir, too large for me to deal with,  I would appreciate your input, bigger than anything I’ve seen before” (Seriously – I’m sure at this point I heard someone sobbing in glee down the corridor). Yes, I made other people in cubicles very very happy!
  3. My first smear, oh yes – who could forget that first appointment!? In I went, undressed as instructed, and up into the stirrups. This is not one of the most dignified of procedures that is for sure. There were two people in the room, which I assumed was the norm. What I didn’t realise, not having been told (naughty, naughty), was that the person doing the smear was a student. After much umming and arghhing the student turned to her colleague and said “Um is it supposed to look like THAT?”. Well I was unimpressed to say the least but no more embarrassed than the student when I barked, “Well excuse me, but I’ve never had any complaints before now!”.

Oh dear, so you can see why I avoid the doctors, I clearly bring out the worst in them!

*The thrombosed pile story was previously published under my post “The Untold Indignities Of Pregnancy” and if you enjoyed that you might like my account of giving birth with Kieran.

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