When I was a kid, we had these toys that made the coolest sound. A sound that I always found comforting. They were so simple. We had a few of them and they each made slightly different sounds. I remember watching a show (I don’t remember what sho) that actually made music with these things.
I loved them, and still do. They are so cool! Now, I know they’re called a rain stick. I’m pretty sure there was a learning activity to go with playing with the stick but I don’t remeber it now.
While I was pregnant I did a lot of research. I planned on cloth diapering and had read that you shouldn’t use standard diaper creams due to the cream limiting the absorbency of the cloth diaper. Also, most standard retail creams are more of a “block” instead of something that will help heal a rash. I had also planned to breast feed and knew I’d probably need a cream for that as well. I found a recipe that I have fallen in love with!
My baby is battling with the flu. Her little immune system is fighting hard to kill the virus attacking it. The fight made her temperature spike, her nose run, her little body ache, and made her cough and sneeze. She has been miserable.
Through this experience, I’ve learned a few things that I am happy to share.
Trust your momma gut!
That means call your doctor (or don’t).
Take your little one to the doctor (or don’t).
You know your child. You know the most about your child’s symptoms and circumstances. Trust yourself if you think something is off or wrong and never let anyone else tell you that your concerns are invalid.
Is 5 days with a fever too long? You decide. It is too long for me.
What temperature sets off warning bells for you? My warning temp was 102 degrees.
What temperature do you begin giving medication? I start around 100 degrees. That is what I am comfortable with.
2. Do what you think is best.
If you think you should take your little ones temperature every hour, then take it every hour. If every 5 hours makes more sense for you or just when your little one begins to feel super hot, then go with that.
If you think essential oils will help, then use them.
If you think a humidifier or dehumidifier will help, then use it.
If you think infant or children’s medication will help, then use it. (Be sure to follow the directions on the label)
If you think a sick day means lying around and watching movies, then do it.
3. Be with your baby.
This is all your little one wants. Your baby wants YOU. Your baby is hurting, doesn’t understand why and only wants hugs and snuggles with the person they love and trust the most. You are the one that makes your little one feel safe.
4. Snuggle with your baby
Refer to number 3. Your baby wants you. That may means you hold her while you go potty. You hold her while you prepare any and all meals. You hold her while you do the dishes and laundry.
We snuggle all day long. We snuggle on the couch. We snuggle in mommy and daddy’s bed. We snuggle on the floor. Where ever my girl wants to be, that’s where I go and snuggle with her.
5. If your baby is willing to play, play with the toys your baby enjoys the most.
My girl loves this set of stacking cups and Ikea stacking rings. She didn’t really want to play much but when I brought these toys upstairs, she played with them some.
I was cleaning off a little side table I keep in our bedroom and had put some Vitamine C cough drops on our bed. She loved the sound of the bag crinkling and pouring out the little drops. She had a blast putting them in the stacking cups then throwing them around on the bed. They have no medication in them so I had no concerns with her playing with them.
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
Runny or stuffy nose
Muscle or body aches
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?
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
Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
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!