Lilly had her first fever the other day while Paul was at work. It was terrifying. It got up to 102! I had no idea how to make it better; I was completely overwhelmed. My first instinct was to take her to the ER immediately but, Paul had the good sense to have me call her pediatrician’s office first for their after-hours help.
The doctor I spoke to suggested a room temperature bath and to give her some Tylenol. Since she is about to be 6 months old, Ibuprofen could also be used. I found some Motrin infant drops at Walgreens and it really helped. By the way, infant drops are the best. The liquid is so thin that babies have no problem drinking it. Lilly has a hard time with Tylenol because it’s thick and she has trouble swallowing it. I’ve tried to find Tylenol infant drops but I’ve had no luck. They aren’t even on Amazon 😦 While we were giving Lilly her medicine, we checked her temperature about ever 15 minutes and it finally started trending down.
Lilly’s fever was finally gone and I went into the pediatrician’s office the next day to get her looked at. My girl tested positive for the flu 😦 I started feeling sick that same day and it’s amazing how quickly I got worse. Lilly gave me her flu and it’s been a rough couple of days at our house. Lilly already seems to be over her flu; it’s incredible how resilient Lilly is. I’m still miserable but, I’m starting to feel a little better. At least, now I can get out of bed and do a few chores here and there.
I wish I had known before Lilly got sick that, it’s ok for babies to have fevers. It just means that they are fighting something off and, fevers actually help this process go faster. Knowing this would have helped me not stress as much as I did; I’ve always been afraid of fevers. It’s ok for babies to have a fever; you just want to make sure it doesn’t get out of hand. I also learned that the fussier she got, the higher her temperature seemed to be. I wish we had known to take her temperature before but, we just dealt with her fussiness for a full 24 hours without knowing the cause. We have now added temperature check to the list of things to try when she gets really fussy and we don’t know why.
Honestly, I’m not sure how I could have gotten through the last few days without my husband. He was able to come home early from work when I needed him and he’s taken really great care of both of his girls 🙂 When I was at my worst, I couldn’t even sit up in bed and he was forced to do all of the baby care by himself. I really hope he doesn’t get sick but, if he does, I’ll be happy to return the favor and take care of him.
On Friday we are headed to San Antonio to spend Christmas with my mom and then off to Austin to spend time with Paul’s dad and step mom. I am so excited. I really hope Lilly and I are feeling better. Paul and I get a date night on Saturday night (my mom offered to watch Lilly for us) and we haven’t had a date night since before Lilly was born. Since Paul and I will be traveling for Christmas, First-Time Mommy Blog won’t have a new post next Sunday. I will be back the following week, however, and I’m sure I’ll have lots to write about! 🙂