I don’t have to tell you that seeing your baby sick or in pain is heartbreaking. Baby Wagon has had a few little congestive issues in her short life, but nothing to be too concerned about… so far. This time we were not so lucky, as we made our first trip to urgent care with her a few months ago.
What we thought was a minor cold I had given her turned out to be a few things. We noticed heat rash and diaper rash popping up, but because she was experiencing sweating and chills, we figured it was that. Then the stuffy nose came… then the rising fever (not just the minor teething fever).. at 101.4 we decided it was better to be safe than sorry and headed to our primary urgent care.
She was a trooper throughout the whole appointment, at which we found out that she has the highly contagious Hand, Foot, and Mouth disease. What? She wasn’t even around other kids yet!
Turns out, It didn’t matter since it’s an airborne virus, it travels all sorts of fun ways, in the air, on a highchair, someone else might have come into contact with a kid who has it. Apparently, it’s going around right now and making our baby girl miserable.
The rash was going to extend to the rest of her body, and be pretty uncomfortable for a few days. We were instructed to get something to help with the itching and let it run its course. Oh, and to be careful because we could both catch it.
The Dr. also Informed us that her throat was probably really sore because sometimes the rash extends there as well, which would explain her hesitation to eat. He told us there is no treatment of it, and said to give her some baby Ibuprofen to get the fever down, Benedryl for the itch, and lots of fluids, and home we went.
A sleepless night was had by all.
I ran to the store the next day and picked up some Aveeno Soothing Relief Creamy Wash and the prescribed Benedryl for the irritation.
I also made some frozen electrolyte cubes and breast milk pops by freezing some breast milk and putting the little cubes into her little mesh feeder to help her sore throat. She wasn’t at all comfortable, but she was at least able to get some nutrients and rehydrate.
Luckily, it was not a horrible case (although, at the time, it felt that way), and only lasted for about a week and a half, but she did lovingly share it with her father a few days into being sick, so he had to spend some time at the local motel because they can share it back and forth, and back and forth, and so on… Fun, right?
Cris is writing about his adult experience in a different post, but Baby Wagon is recovered and doing great! She is such a happy baby, that to see her feeling terrible and knowing there was nothing I could do was heartbreaking.
The moral here? Please, Please Please… I know in some cases it can’t be helped, but if you know your kid is sick… stay home… you have no idea how many others you could be infecting.
Anyone else deal with this? How did you cope?