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Diagnosed with the Flu

My poor baby has been sick with the flu this week. Flu B to be exact. She has shown almost every sympton listed by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) for adult/child symptons and the extra list for symptoms in an infant.

She actually had some symptoms last week but I thought it was a cold or allergies. When she developed a fever on Monday (101.7), I stayed home with her Tuesday. As Tuesday progressed, her fever went higher and higher. I checked it every few hours and around 3:00 PM, her fever was at 102.1 degrees. I was pretty concerned at this point so I called our pediatritian.

People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:

  • Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

* It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

She didn’t really show the emergency signs listed by the CDC below but I also didn’t know she had the flu. She did have some fast breathing that had us concerned. At this point, all we knew was she had a facet instead of a nose, the mucus coming out was green, she’d thrown up twice (mainly mucus), she was coughing, lethergic, not sleeping, appeared exhausted and not eating. All these were concerning to us and then add the temp…

I knew that if an adult has a fever of 104, it is recommended to go see a doctor. Since she’s under 2 years old, I wasn’t sure what the guidelines were and I was having trouble finding a recommendation online. Our pediatriction is one that likes you to leave a message with the front desk and they have a nurse call you back. So I left a message and waited. Thankfully, I didn’t have to wait too long.

The nurse asked me a few pointed questions. Mainly about her symptoms. Her recommendation was that if she has a fever for 5 days and/or her fever reaches 105 degrees, then I should bring her in. People begin to get delirous at 104 degrees! And 5 days without getting a consultation for my 1 year old baby!? No way!

Plus, two of my sitter’s kids had been diagnosed witht he flu. The nurse didn’t ask me if she had been exposed.

What are the emergency warning signs of flu sickness?

In children

  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing
  • Bluish skin color
  • Not drinking enough fluids
  • Not waking up or not interacting
  • Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
  • Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
  • Fever with a rash

In adults

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with fever and worse cough

In addition to the signs above, get medical help right away for any infant who has any of these signs:

  • Being unable to eat
  • Has trouble breathing
  • Has no tears when crying
  • Significantly fewer wet diapers than normal

You can bet your little behind that I took her to the doctor. Did I take her to our usual Pediatrician? Heck no! We’re not going back there. That’s the second time they’ve given me information I didn’t agree with not to mention that we have had to wait extended amounts of time for our doctor. Then, when we do see someone, it’s always a nurse and the doctor only sees us for about 5 minutes. I have no issues with seeing a nurse. Several of my family members are nurses. They work hard, know their stuff, and do a fantastic job. I have an issue with scheduling an appointment with a doctor, paying a higher rate for those services, and only have 5 minutes with that individual.

I took her to Children’s Mercy Urgent Care. It was fabulous. The initial wait was probably 10 minutes. They had books available to read but little miss just wanted to walk around and look out the window.

We did see a nurse first to get the usual vitals, weight, etc. We also saw a doctor. This wasn’t a short 5 minute visit and then he was gone, oh no, this doctor spent almost 30 minutes with us and we didn’t wait overly long before he showed up either. He answered all my questions and didn’t make me feel like I was over-reacting to the 102.1 fever. The nurse came and took the flue test but the doctor came back and told me the results. He spent another 15-20 minutes with us while I asked questions about the medication they were perscribing, dosage for infant tylenol or ibuprofin, and (of all things) dental questions. When I asked, he also gave me some recommendations for a different local pediatritian.

This is the care I am looking for in a pediatritian!

My Sick Baby
My sick baby.

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