Patient X

3 years ago
Surviving the Fever
 
Sickness seems to drain an entire household... I never take health for granted, you can't put a price on it. While I am grateful for our health I also know how fast things can change and so that may leave me slightly paranoid. So when my littlest guy awoke in the middle of the night with a temp of 103 I was shaking. Luckily, we survived the week and even managed to stay out of the ER (which believe me I was ready to shoot over there like a bullet)....I've learned that the ER isn't as comfortable and can expose you to potential worse illnesses (though sometimes you have no choice, of course).

So, since this has been my life this last week I thought I'd share how we survived it and some of my tips!

  • First, have supplies on hand. For whatever reason children always get fevers and fall ill in the middle of the night, usually a Friday night, and when the Drs. office is closed for the weekend...trust me, it's science. So I was super glad that I pretty much had what I needed on hand.
  • Next, I always make a little medical station where ever I am treating said patient, in this case it was "Baby Bun Bun". A couple of key things I like to do is always keep the correct droppers with the right medicine. This isn't so important with adults and older children but when dealing with infants and needing dosages to be exact, I find it very important. The measurements and dosing for Ibuprofen and Acetamatophin are different, not to mention that dosing has changed since my first son, so I was extremely glad I found this chart (go ahead, just print it out or you will be "re-googling" it, trust me).
  • Also, you will want to take notes. I take A LOT of notes. Record temp, wet diapers, dosage ect. This is so needed when you are up at 4am on day three of fever trying to guess when the last time you gave medicine, or when your shift changes (ahem....Dad steps in) things still run smoothly. Added bonus, your Doc will want this if/when you call.

 
 
  • Just get a humidifier, do it. My little Bunny didn't have congestion but I still blasted this thing. In fact, I made a little bed for myself in his room and I LOVED it. This Vick's one is cooling so it isn't warm air and you can put in the Vapor pads which are extremely soothing. The white noise helps moms  little ones sleep too.
And... here we are, we survived. Once I saw the little guy was on the mend we headed out for some fresh morning air because we all were going a bit stir crazy. I went through and sanitized main areas to prevent germs from spreading and it looks like whatever this bug was stopped with patient x.
 
Unfortunately, for myself it's time to get my health back on track. Lack of sleep, nutrition and not testing my blood enough sent my blood sugars through a roller coaster that I would really like to get off now. But as long at this little guy is fine my heart is happy.
 
So Mom's what are your must-have's or tips for when the little's are sick?
 
 
 
 
 

* This is in no way, shape or form meant to replace advise of your Dr. in the event of an emergency or illness please consult your physician for advise.

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