Monday, March 10, 2014

Sick Baby 101

Every baby gets sick.  No matter how careful you are it's going to happen.....and to an extent it's a good thing.  I'd rather William get sick now versus his first years of school.  Missing a day of daycare is no big deal but missing kindergarten and 1st grade would be (I think they are allowed 12 days of absences).  Over the past 23 months William's had 2 ear infections, 2 cases of hand, foot and mouth, had pneumonia and been on antibiotics 3 times (not too bad if you ask me).  Luckily, William's first fever didn't occur until he was 9 months old.  Since then he's had something come up every 3 months or so.  There was a cluster of sickness when we moved daycares and he got exposed to a whole new "batch of germs" this past November. 

Here are some of the "life savings" things we use when baby boy is sick.  Having a little one that doesn't feel good can be so heart breaking.  Sleep is hard to come by and the snot is plentiful.  :)      

Our ear infections usually start off as a runny nose (yucky green snot).  The first two ear infections gave him 103 fever.  This time around he had low grade fever (100-101) for 8 days!!!! 
  • Simply Saline Gel is great for their little dry nose.  We use this even when he's not sick.  I put it inside his nose to help reduce nose bleeds due to the crazy weather changes we've had lately (we also run a cool mist humidifier).  
  • I spray a little bit of Saline in his nose before suctioning. 
  • Nose Frida.  This thing is a life safer.  Every parent should have one!!!  It gets all the yucky stuff right out.  Thankfully, they now carry it at places like Babies R Us.
  • Aquaphor is great for dry, sensitive skin.  Since William is allergic to a couple of other lotions we just stick to this.  He got a little rash under his right eye because of all the eye drainage and rubbing he was doing recently.  Aquaphor to the rescue!   
  • I didn't put it in the picture but we also rub Vicks Vapor Rub on his chest and little feet at bedtime.    


The first time William got hand, foot, mouth we thought he may have the chicken pox!  He hadn't been vaccinated yet, he had a high fever and started getting bumps all over his legs.  The bumps pretty much stayed on his thighs.  He had a few on his hands but luckily nothing in his mouth.  His pour little legs looked awful.  The sores oozed, eventually scabbed over and when the scabs came off more than a week later his skin was discolored (a lighter color) for about a month.  AND THEN some of his toe nails fell off.  Yep, it's a yucky virus that you just have to let run its course.  No medication will get rid of HFM.  :(  Click here for more info on HFM. 

We just tried our best to keep William comfortable!
  • To help with his itchy/irritated little legs we did Oatmeal Baths (fragrance free).  You just add a package to warm bath water.  We kept William in footed PJs for a week during all of this.  We didn't want him to scratch at his legs and/or contaminate everything. :)
  • We used the Coconut Oil on his legs once the sores scabbed over.  I had read a lot about coconut oil's benefits so we gave it a shot.  It was a great moisturizer that smelled great too.  Here's a couple of links with more uses of coconut oil at Wellness Mama and Doctor OZ
The second time William got HFM it presented much differently  He had a high fever, his eating decreased and I noticed him drooling more.  At first I thought the drooling was related to teething.  NOPE.  He got fever on Sunday and on Tuesday the mouth sores reared their ugly head.  Weirdest thing, he only got a couple of sores on his hands and no where else!  Luckily, my mom was able to fly into town and stay home with William the rest of the week.  He didn't eat much for 4 days but was able to drink milk.  Thankfully, we were able to avoid an ER visit.  We offered him every type of food constantly throughout the day.....mac n cheese, yogurt, push pops, ice cream, mashed potatoes, soggy cheerios, noodles with butter....anything soft, easy to swallow and not spicy!  It was a rough week but we all survived.  :)

Our pediatrician gave us instruction on how to make a mouth wash using Maalox and Benadryl to help with the pain.  We found that the Orajel swabs worked well too.  I would swab one around the inside of his mouth 15 minutes before meals and bedtime.  Poor William would just cry and hold his mouth.  Broke. My. Heart.  We did around the clock, alternating Motrin/Tylenol. 
Since baby boy doesn't eat much when he's sick and antibiotics can be so hard on the tummy, I decided to make him a yummy smoothie!  Over the last week he lost 1 pound so I added ice cream to it for extra calories.  YUMMY and super easy.
  • 8-10 oz frozen fruit (we used a berry blend)
  • 2 containers of vanilla yogurt (~10 oz)
  • A few scoops of ice cream (~3 oz)
  • Splash of milk
Leave the rest up to your blender!  Daddy and baby loved the smoothie.  William eats yogurt most days but we really try to increase how much he has while on antibiotics.  The live, active cultures, help your body to restore a healthy and balanced intestinal tract (that can be disrupted while on antibiotics).  The smoothie is a WIN WIN!


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