Sunday, March 2, 2008

Noah sick with EAR INFECTION and CROUP


Yesterday, I brought Noah to a doctor. He has a fever and cough since Thursday night. As usual, I took a day-off from work because I wanted to monitor Noah's condition closely. To prevent his fever from shooting up further, I have been giving him a lukewarm bath, letting him drink water, juice or milk more often than he used to, and giving him Tylenol every 4 to 5 hours. Good thing that we have some ice pops in the freezer that he could suck on although he's not really crazy about it. Yesterday, I called our family doctor because it seemed like his fever and cough were not getting any better. He referred us to After-Hours Pediatrics which is a few miles from our house. I thought finding the clinic was a piece of cake. Oh my, I got lost. I went all around the area and thank God, I saw the sign, which is colored pale yellow with slanted, thin lettering. Honestly, it wasn't that visible even with my eyeglasses on. Despite the "adventure", I must say that the doctor and the staff were friendly and accommodating. Noah, sad to say, was diagnosed with EAR INFECTION AND CROUP. He received a dose of Decadron which will help him with his cough and inflammation for a few days. He was also prescribed Amoxicillin, 1 tsp, 2x a day for 10 days. Croup is an infection that causes swelling below the larynx. It is usually caused by a virus. His cough definitely sounds horrible. It is hoarse and resonant. He does have a difficult time breathing especially at night. He makes a raspy sound whenever he inhales. They call this "stridor". His cough gets worse while laying down and sleeping. He cries loud after he coughs, and sometimes throw up. Last night, he didn't want to be put down to bed. He only wanted to be carried by Mommy. It seems that he is hurting inside. I feel the pain and it hurts me twice, or even a lot more. Poor baby. :( Before going home, the doctor provided me a sheet with tips to alleviate my baby's condition.

1. Remain calm and try to keep your child as calm as possible.
2. Cool air may help stop the coughing and ease the loud breathing. If it is cold outside, wrap your child in a warm blanket and sit outside for a few minutes. During the summer, you may open the freezer door and allow your child to breathe the cool air.
3. If your child is able, having him eat or drink something cold like popsicle may help.
4. Moist air is helpful. You may want to use a cool mist vaporizer in your child's room during the course of the illness. Clean the machine according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Having a sick child is never fun especially when your husband is away and pregnant at that. Hope my baby gets well soon.

3 comments:

Pinay WAHM said...

Hi Sheila,

Isn't it heart wrenching seeing our babies sick? Ang hirap to even breath when my little girl is not feeling well. Just last week, on her Dad's Bday pa naman, she suddenly had a slight fever. It was sudden. Pag gising nya medyo mainit na sya so I was worried the whole day. Buti na lang it was just for a few hours. She was back on her feet by the time Dad got home.

Anyway, I am hoping your little one will get better soon.

Ingat lagi....sending get well soon vibes to your little man.

TC,

Juliana

Lalaine said...

Oh what a pity.., I pray that Noah will be get well soon...it's really not easy when our kids get sick.

oh, btw, I have a tag for you, if you don't mind..(8 random things about my kids) ..you can do it at your own time, if you can.

Take care and God bless!

Lily said...

Hi Shiela,

Hope your Baby will feel better soon,its really hard for us mothers seeing our little ones got sick. God willing everything will turn out good.
take care always.
Kisses to your Baby Noah muah :-)
Have a blessed week.

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