I need advise on my sick child

Brittany - posted on 05/31/2009 ( 21 moms have responded )

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so my 7 month old is sick (my first child) he has a temp of 100.5, which the doctors say isn't anything to worry about. his nose is super runny and he has a horrible cough that brings mucas up but since he doesnt know better he just swallows it again. he is super fussy and hasn't wanted to eat much i think its because his nose is stuffed. he wants me to hold him and he has been sleeping a lot he has only been awake for like 20 minutes at a time. i know if i call the docs hotline they will just tell me to wait a couple days and if he doesnt get better take him to the doctor, thats what they always say when i call. i feel aweful and of course being a 1st time mom i am worried and scared and don't know what to do. should i just wait to take him to the doctors or should i go ahead and take him to the ER or urgent care?? (its sunday so i will have to wait a day to take him to the doc)

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Brittany - posted on 06/01/2009

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thanks everyone, we got the meds he needs for his ear infection and he is slowly becoming my loving smiling baby again!!

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Renee Anderson - posted on 06/01/2009

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i have two kids and my youngest has complex high fever seizures and the temps are'nt really that high sometimes. so any kind of fever she running we have to take her to the uc. its really scary. anyways but for a normal child usually give them tylenol every 4 hours but keep an eye on them and if it stays away for after a day usually you are good but if it keeps coming back and won't stay away usally a good sign of infection and you should get them to see a doctor and just remember a fever is actaully a good thing, its the bodies defense system to help fight off an illness anyways i could go on and on,also after the tylenol try to give a cool bath or sponge him down with cool water and give him plenty of water,gatorade,pedialight anything to keep him hydrated try to stay away from the sugar drinks and than do the brat diet for older kids and for babies good luck with the formula. but really you can get all the advice in the world but really go with your first instincts. you know your child the best and be very consisent with you them about your childs needs and when all else fails go to the er,they have to see you know matter what.good luck and i hope he fells better. also with ear infection i went thru with my son like twice a month until they put tubes in his ear but when he get them i would massage the back of his ears and it usually soothed him or i would out warm towels behind his ears to. also for the stuffyness try baby vicks on the bottom of his feet and out socks on or feeted pj. or u can put it on the chest or back that always helped my little ones with congestion and helped their coughs to. ok so i will stop babbling good luck and wish him well soon.

Renee Anderson - posted on 06/01/2009

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i have two kids and my youngest has complex high fever seizures and the temps are'nt really that high sometimes. so any kind of fever she running we have to take her to the uc. its really scary. anyways but for a normal child usually give them tylenol every 4 hours but keep an eye on them and if it stays away for after a day usually you are good but if it keeps coming back and won't stay away usally a good sign of infection and you should get them to see a doctor and just remember a fever is actaully a good thing, its the bodies defense system to help fight off an illness anyways i could go on and on,also after the tylenol try to give a cool bath or sponge him down with cool water and give him plenty of water,gatorade,pedialight anything to keep him hydrated try to stay away from the sugar drinks and than do the brat diet for older kids and for babies good luck with the formula. but really you can get all the advice in the world but really go with your first instincts. you know your child the best and be very consisent with you them about your childs needs and when all else fails go to the er,they have to see you know matter what.good luck and i hope he fells better. also with ear infection i went thru with my son like twice a month until they put tubes in his ear but when he get them i would massage the back of his ears and it usually soothed him or i would out warm towels behind his ears to. also for the stuffyness try baby vicks on the bottom of his feet and out socks on or feeted pj. or u can put it on the chest or back that always helped my little ones with congestion and helped their coughs to. ok so i will stop babbling good luck and wish him well soon.

Brittany - posted on 06/01/2009

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It's hard being a new Mom. I remember what that is like. I believe as women, and even more so as Mothers we have something in us, this nagging little feeling that tells us when something is wrong, and it sounds like you have it. Mom knows best, if you are that worried forget about all the people telling you not to be worried, follow what you think needs to be done, and just do it. I'd rather be safe than sorry. A Momma always knows when something is wrong with her baby, follow you instinct. Hope all turns out well, and that you get your little guy back to himself:)

Ashley - posted on 05/31/2009

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That happened alot with my first child. just because he has a normal temp doesn't mean nothing is wrong. By the sounds of it he might have a chest infection os even just a bacterial infection of some kind. You should go to the docs and check him out cause the first time you did there might not have been anything there but for sure go get some anti-biotics for him. It should clear uo within a week or so. He might still have a cough but you can't do much about that. I hope i helped! :-)

Kelly - posted on 05/31/2009

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I know how frustrating that can be. I was the exact same way when i had my son two years ago!! And let me tell you it doesnt ever go away. You are always worrying about them and wanting to help them feel better. Every time i ever took him to the doctors from him being sick they always told me the exact same thing to just give him time. Unfortunatly that is all that you are able to do. If you believe in medicine then i know that i was soooo thankful for tylenol and motrin. It helped my son sooo much when he was sick and helped me too. I wish there was more that we were able to do but thats about it. Oh and even though its not recommended. When my son was sick i would lay him down with eaither blankets or pillows under him to help elevate him so he was not so congested and he would get the rest he needed. But keep a close eye cause of baby suffocation. Hope that helps

Marie - posted on 05/31/2009

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I posted this on another question under breastfeeding moms so I thought I'd copy/paste to share:



Not much you can do even when they get older (the original discussion was for a 2 month old) - and the congestion that goes with teething on top of that.



I bought baby vicks, infant hydrasense and a baby nasal aspirator. It's really all you can do. I also kept a supply of Homeocan for teething and infant tylenol.



My hubby slathered the vicks on baby's chest then put his onesie on top of it. It warms up and the scent helps to break up the congestion. I personally am not a big fan of vicks (my parents didn't use it with us when we were kids), but it worked for Alexander when he was 10 months old.



Baby will probably HATE the nasal aspirator but will barely tolerate it when their nose is stuffed up. We use it when Alexander is even moderately congested - I can hear the "snerking" when he's nursing.



He's 1 year old and we're still breastfeeding.



If you're breastfeeding you might find it easier to give him his BM in a bottle instead of on the breast. It can help clear the congestion. I usally aspirate Alexander's nose if he's stuffy before nursing. That also will keep baby's fluids and energy up. He may also be sleeping a lot because he hasn't got enough food in him to sustain himself. Make sure you get some fluid into your LO and try to get some kind of food into him if you aren't BF.



Best wishes. Hope he feels better soon.

Aleeza - posted on 05/31/2009

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tylenol every 4 hrs and motrin every 6 hours. keep him cool and elevate the head of his crib by putting something like a pillow under the mattress, keep him hydrated and remember it will pass, however keep an eye out if his temp shoots up or he has labored breathing- ability to see ribs, nostril flaring are both signs along with rapid breathing than do take him to the e.r same if he gets lethargic and totally out of it and wont even bother to really cry. signs of dehydration include- sunken in soft spot, no tears while crying and less than normal wet diapers a day. good luck

Clarissa - posted on 05/31/2009

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I'm glad u found out what's going on and I hope he gets feeling better soon!!

Lucy - posted on 05/31/2009

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u are his mum follow ur instinks say to doc u want summit done that is nt rite xx

Brittany - posted on 05/31/2009

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thanks everyone for your advise, I did end up taking him to urgent care because his temp got to 102.5 and it turns out he got an ear infection from his cold so thats why he has been worse today. they gave me some antibiotics for it and he seems to be doing a little better now. at least i know what it is and we have some stuff to help with his fever and his ear infection

Megan - posted on 05/31/2009

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if his temperature gets above 102 - take him to the doctor... to help with the mucus i would give him a warm bath and use the nasal aspirator to help suck out his sinuses, try to comfort him and help him rest! Call your doctors office and see if you can use baby tylenol to help comfort him! Of course... follow your gut instinct! If he seems really sick take him in to the clinic! Only you can know when your baby is too sick to stay at home!... oh fyi, since your baby has a fever make sure he doesn't get dehydrated but feeding him what he is comfortable taking often! You can usually call the ER for on the spot recomendations too if you are unsure... they will have a nurse to advise you.

Amber - posted on 05/31/2009

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My son is almost 3,but from the time he was like 3 months old he suffered from MAJOR allergies&congestion...The little noses saline spray usually would help open his nose up a bit and it keeps their nostrils from swelling when you use the syringe to clean it out....As far as the fever goes the doctor and ER both told me numerous times just to alternate tylenol&motrin every 3 hours,to keep clothing to a minimum,offer LOTS of fluids,and luke warm sponge baths...I know how scary it is when your babies sick! We ended up in the ER alot with my son-one night his fever skyrocketed to 106 and the whole ER staff told us he was a miracle baby! Now at 2 1/2 we still have occassional ER trips when his nebulizer doesnt soothe his asthma attacks. I know this was more info than what you asked for,but hope atleast part of it helps! Hope your baby is better soon!

Erica - posted on 05/31/2009

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Something my docotor told me was that you could give your child tylonal and then 3 hours later give them motrin (childrens versions of course) That helps keep the temp under control.

Christal - posted on 05/31/2009

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This happened to my daughter while we were out of town on vacation, and i couldnt go to the doctors. same symptoms, and i wasnt sure if it was a respitory infection or what. so i took her to the ER. but they said it was just a cold, make sure to give her fluids, let her sleep and wait it out. there was nothing they could do.



her doctor did tell me when i went to the follow-up was to go buy "Little Noses" nose spray and if she gets stuffy to use that. I have used it 1 time so far and it seemed to work for a little bit. maybe try that. but I would personally wait till monday to see his Doctor.

Clarissa - posted on 05/31/2009

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My son is 8 months old and we too went trough that same business a couple of months ago : ( He ended up with a respitatory infec. and had to use a nebulizer at home as well as antibiotics. It's scary as a mom to watch them go through it! I would do like everyone else has said....call and talk to the nurse, give him lots of snuggles today and watch him close! If he has a fever I would ask the nurse about infant tylenol, that might help with some of his discomfort too. I bet u can get through the day, but if you have any doubts it's better safe than sorry and urgent care is a great option to have. Trust your instincts! Good Luck I hope the little one gets better soon!

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I don't think a temperature of 100.5 is reason to take him to the ER by itself. (Was it taken orally, rectally, armpit?) As long as his temp stays below 104 and the fever only lasts a day or two, don't worry too much. Just cuddle him, try to keep him cool, and make sure he stays hydrated. Hope he's feeling better soon!

Julie - posted on 05/31/2009

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Like Dawn, my son also ended up with respiratory problems around 5 months old; he ended up in the hospital for almost a week. I think you're okay to wait until Monday to see the doctor, but the signs to watch for besides the temperature are rapid respirations (more than 60 breaths a minute) or labored breathing (you can see him working hard to breath, can see the outline of his ribs when he is breathing). One of the best things you can do is to keep his nose cleaned out really well with a bulb syringe, get all the gunk out before it slides down the back of his throat and makes him cough.

Dawn - posted on 05/31/2009

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When my son was about that age I went through something very similar with him. It really scared me because he was born premature and ended up having a respiratory infection. Everything ended up fine. Although you may not think your doctor is being helpful, he is. His fever isn't anything to worry about until he hit 102. I say this because the fever is what is helping him to fight off the sickness that he does have and it does not become dangerous until it hits 102. If it does get that high take him to the ER immediately. If his fever remains for more that 3 days then you need to take him back to his doctor. As for him not eating, that is also perfectly fine you just need to make sure he stays well hydrated. Water,pedialite, gaturade are all good things. I would stay away from juices because them tend to act as a diuretic and can dehydrate him which can make things worse. Also a lot of over the counter medication just aren't helpful or healthy at his age. My doctor advised against them. I know that having a sick baby can me stressful and make you feel like there is nothing you can do to make them better, but monitoring him, letting him sleep, and keeping him hydrated is really the best thing. My son is now 2 and you would never know that he was only 4 pounds when he was born. Oh yeah your baby's appetite will come back full force when he starts feeling better and at that point you will feel better too. Good luck

Sarah - posted on 05/31/2009

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you poor thing! your docs don't sound very helpful! have you given him any Calpol (baby paracetamol) ? he's bound to be sleepy if he's poorly, but i would check on him lots. try to get him to take lots of water/juice. if he has a temp, strip him off to get the temp down. maybe a cool flannel on his forehead. but, if you really are worried, just take him to the docs or ER. you know your baby best so do what you feel is right!

i really hope he feels better soon. i'm sure he will be fine! xx

Chanel - posted on 05/31/2009

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Usually Dr's offices have weekend on-call nurses that can help. I would call them and just see what the nurse says. I wouldn't go as far as taking him to the ER but if it makes you feel better for him to be seen today I would go to an Urgent Care facility. I was blessed with a pretty healthy child but she had an allergic reaction one weekend. It didn't give her problems with her breathing just hives EVERYWHERE! I called the on-call nurse and she eased my mind and told me about some over the counter stuff I could do for my daughter and then I took her in on Monday. It saved us alot of money not going to the ER.

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