This morning I woke up an hour earlier than Marcos for a change 🙂 Oscar’s on-call work phone went off at 6am which woke us both up but I am glad for that because it gave me some time to myself before I had to go on Mom duty. So I brewed some coffee and drank it in bed with my 2 furry boys while Oscar handled the emergency situation at work and Marcos slept soundly in his crib.
Marcos has been sick all week. Last Friday, he came down with Croup. Croup is a viral infection that infects the voice box and the wind pipe. It causes your baby’s upper airways to swell and a cough that sounds like a barking seal. It came on suddenly on Friday night and it was very scary! My poor little man woke up in the middle of the night coughing and crying because his airways were inflamed and it was hard for him to breath. He also had a mild fever. It was 101 degrees which is mild according to the doctors but not to this Mom. I called the pediatrician immediately while my husband calmed him down. After verifying that Marcos did in fact have Croup, she called in a prescription for us at 11pm. It was an oral medication called prednisolone and she recommended Tylenol to reduce his fever. She also recommended that we sit in the bathroom while running a hot steamy shower to help open up his airways and to use a cold air humidifier next to his crib which we did. We also calmed him by taking him outside so he could breath in the cold humid Florida winter air which so far has been all of our best friends.
The croup only lasted a few days but now its turned into a nasty cold with a wet cough, wheezing and a runny nose. Oscar and I have been taking turns staying home and treating his cold all week. We had a couple of visits to the pediatrician’s office to monitor his breathing and current condition. They couldn’t identify the illness as any specific virus but they prescribed an antibiotic based on his symptoms to alleviate the cough. They also prescribed albuterol to be administered through a nebulizer for his wheezing which he hates! We had to use a nebulizer back in November when he had RSV and each time we use it he screams and writhes and rolls his body like an alligator which kills Oscar and I but it really improves his breathing and clears out the phlegm which causes the wheezing. We are also giving him benadryl for his runny nose at night as well as saline and suction through a nose frieda…fun!
We are starting to see improvements in his sleeping, eating and overall mood which is such a relief!! It’s hard to see your little baby so sick. Even though I have been told over and over again that this will help Marcos build his immunity, I can’t wait for this to be over and for my little man to get better. I know getting sick is inevitable, especially during the winter months and when your little one is in day care but it is still very stressful for everyone. I can’t even imagine how scared Marcos must be. And its not like he can tell us what is going on with him so its scary not knowing what else may be hurting him. 😟💔
I have been keeping a stress journal that keeps me grounded and sane throughout tough times like these. In my journal I write down what is worrying me, what I am thankful for, my saving grace, daily prayer and my to do list. This has really helped me keep things in perspective and prioritize. It has also reminded me to take care of myself and remember what’s truly important which is your family and health! I love this quote below by Iain Thomas.
For additional medical advice I turn to books like Baby 411, Dr. Sears Baby Book and What to Expect the First Year. They are very helpful and informative on how to treat Marcos at home for common illnesses while also informing me on other signs of infection to look out for like ear infections (while not scaring the crap out of me). Note to self ===> Stay away from the mom chat rooms!! It also helps to know what other developments and milestones are taking place at the same time so you can focus on that and not let a cold or virus hold you back (if possible).
My family is also very supportive and helpful. I am so thankful that they live 10 minutes away and can provide an extra hand and cuddles when needed.
I wish I had all kinds of brilliant and sage advice for first time parents on what to do in these situations. I am new parent and am always questioning myself. I guess the best advice I could give you is to stay calm and positive, listen to your doctor and also trust your instincts! I am a pretty laid back person but when it comes to my son, I would much rather over react than under react.
I hope if you are reading this that your little one(s) are on the their way to feeling better and that you are comforted by reading about my experience. I know it helps when I read other mom blogs and know that they have gone through the same thing and kept their sanity.
Well I am going to sign off now . Have a wonderful weekend and remember to take care of yourselves!