First of all I have to apologize for the missed post and all-together silence. I’ve been…what you would call…momstracted. Baby Bell has been sick and Flick and I have taken turns being home with her. It wasn’t anything serious, a viral thing, but boy has it taken a toll on the Momstracted household. I’m convinced there is this “lever” and whenever you brag about your kid not having the latest bug, it gets switched from healthy to sick. She went to the babysitter one day this week. We just feel blessed that our employers are so thoughtful and flexible with our schedules.
It all started with a cough. Isn’t that how they all start, a little cough? Then there was the sneeze and the runny nose, followed by the fever. We, once again, jumped the gun. It’s like the one thing we can’t get the hang of as new parents. Any time Baby Bell gets sick, we are so quick to go to the doctor. We were up with her for about 4 hours on Monday night. She was coughing hard and very uncomfortable. Flick took her to the doctor on Tuesday. Of course they told us, “it’s probably just a viral thing.” At this point, she wasn’t running a fever. Well, we should have waited to visit the doctor because she got much worse that night. It was probably the worst night of sleep since we brought her home from the hospital. She was truly inconsolable. Oh and she started running a fever.
Wednesday and Thursday were my days to stay home with her. I was armed with an arsenal of Benadryl, Ibuprofen, Vapor Rub, Delsym, Coconut Oil, Boogie Wipes, Boogie Mist, Nose Frida, and a humidifier. We gave her Benadryl at night with Delsym for the cough. The Delsym didn’t control her cough at all. She had a humidifier going in her room and Vicks on her chest and feet. I’ve heard putting Vicks on the bottom of their feet before socks can help with coughing. I couldn’t really tell a difference but maybe that was because I was so sleep deprived. We gave her Ibuprofen as a fever reducer and I patted her head with a cool washcloth. I felt so bad because her whole body was hot to the touch. She really liked it when I rubbed her head with the cool washcloth. I cannot speak highly enough of the Boogie Wipes and Boogie Mist. Her nose was constantly running. I’m talking “snot faucet.” Using the Boogie Wipes instead of a dry tissue helped keep her nose from getting raw. This in turn made her less combative when I was repeatedly wiping her nose. Oh and the Boogie Mist kept her nose nice and moist during the night, helping her to breathe better. I didn’t include it on my Ten Products Post but the Nose Frida is AWESOME! Well, it’s awesome if you get excited about the amount of snot you get out of your child’s nose. It’s not as gross as it sounds. I was hesitant at first. You have to go here and check it out. We love our Nose Frida and I recommend it to anyone with a snotty nosed kid. So, I have started using Coconut oil on Baby Bell’s cheeks because they have been so chapped from the cold, windy winter. I also put some under her nose at bedtime while she was sick to help prevent the dry crusty boogies. It definitely seemed to help and it’s much better for her than Vaseline if she gets it in her mouth.
Okay so let me take this time to rant for a second. I HATE every one of the thermometers we have ever bought. I honestly cannot find one that I like. They either take too long, or give three completely different readings. When my kid is sick and is burning up with a fever, I want a fast and accurate result. We have tried at least six different brands and 3 different types. I’ve had the urge to throw each of them across the room and actually did a couple. So, if anyone out there has a recommendation of a good thermometer that doesn’t cost $50, PLEASE let me know. Okay, rant over.
After another sleepless night we called the doctor. Since she had the fever for a couple days, the doctor called in an antibiotic and cough syrup. Let me just take this time to say how much we love our pediatrician. She is amazing. The staff is amazing, they are always quick to return our calls, we’ve never had to reschedule and our doctor seems to genuinely care. A good Pediatrician is so important. Get recommendations and don’t settle for just anyone. Flick stayed home with her on Friday because she still had a bit of a fever and needed one more day of cuddles. I remember being sick as a kid and nothing made me feel better quite like cuddles. I think Baby Bell has discovered the same thing. Oh, and ice cream. Ice cream can fix anything.
So, she’s finally getting back to her happy, energetic self and mommy and daddy are finally getting some sleep. Mommy, Daddy, and Baby Bell – 1, Virus – 0
While my arsenal of medications and snot sucking gadgets seem like a perfect combination, I’m not a professional. You should always check with your pediatrician before giving your child any medication.
Until our next snot sucking adventure we’ll just keep cuddling and eating ice cream.