Sick Toddler

9/9/2009 Update: Pediatrician’s diagnosis today — Daniel has an ear infection. Antibiotics, yo!

9/8/2009 Update: The CareNow folks yesterday diagnosed Daniel with bronchitis (flu tests were negative).  They gave him a steriod shot (he wasn’t happy with that), a thick antibiotic syrup (which he has yet to actually swallow), and a nasty corticosteriod syrup (which he absolutely refuses to take, on pain of puke — which I’m so used to now that I’m not nauseous seeing the stuff explode out of the little guy anymore, woo-hoo!).  The fever’s abated, but he’s still coughing so much that he was exhausted with coughing when I picked hm up from preschool today.  So tomorrow I’m taking a sick leave day and taking him to see his regular pediatrician to get a second opinion.

Original post below:

Daniel came down with an acute, low-grade fever this past Thursday, about an hour after we came back from his preschool’s open house.  Hoping that it was just a 24-hour bug, I gave him infant Motrin (after his abbreviated dinner and milk), gave him a cool bath, and put him to bed.  The next day, he seemed okay (albeit a little sluggish), so off to school he went.

But when I picked him up in the afternoon, he was curled up on the lap of one of the teachers, being very quiet.  This is not normal.  And, upon checking his temperature at home, I found out his fever had returned again — again, low-grade (hovering just under 101 F). 

On Saturday, he developed the dry, deep, barking cough that sometimes upsets Daniel that he starts to cry.  Thus, more administration of Motrin — for the fever and what I suspect to be a really bad sore throat and possible body aches.  His appetite’s gone to the crapper, so I’m just happy that he’s been drinking his milk/toddler formula combo, drinking his water, taking his vitamin/mineral syrup, and occasionally eating his applesauce. rice cereal, and waffle.  (He hardly finishes anything with any heavy amount of protein in it.) 

This night, he started gagging a little and throwing up.  He’s also been spitting out any other OTC children’s meds.  (Lots of laundry being done this weekend.)

All signs seem to point to the flu — which I’m dreading to be the case.  Tomorrow we either hit his usual pediatrician’s office or (if the office is closed due to the Labor Day holiday or just because we can’t get an appointment) to the nearest CareNow clinic.

Either way, it’ll be good to get a definitive answer.  But something tells me that I’ll be using my work’s sick leave this week; good thing that I’ve accrued plenty.

And, yes — I’m trying not to worry.  Damn those scary H1N1 news!

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2 Responses to Sick Toddler

  1. lizardqueen says:

    CD: Danke schoen, and hugs to both you and Steph!

  2. convivialdingo says:

    Hope Daniel gets to feeling better, Steph and I both had the nasty swine flu I think(not fun).

    Take care!

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