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Anyone else getting creamed by illness this winter?

  1. misolee

    persimmon / 1192 posts

    Not one kid has been too sick, but with 3 LO's and their relay sickness...it's been a long January. My 3 year old started with a high fever, then my 6 year old, then my 10 month old. So 3 weeks straight. I took the 3 year old to doctor and he tested negative for strep and flu. Didn't take the 6 year old. Only took the 10 month old bc her fever lasted the longest. After all this was over, newly potty trained almost 3 year old got an UTI so back to doctor we went and on antibiotics. He also has his 3 year old check up next week so we will be back at the doctors. Anyways, I joked that they need to make me a parking space

  2. periwinklebee

    GOLD / pomegranate / 3356 posts

    @misolee: Relay sickness sounds awful. We love our daycare so so much, but may ultimately have to find another care arrangement if we have another kid, because I could not miss any more work than I am now with one LO and still have a job.

  3. Kaohinani

    GOLD / nectarine / 2883 posts

    OMG, YES!
    I am getting over a stomach bug that sent me to the hospital for fluids due to dehydration and low potassium. My DD and I started with it at the same time. At current, DS has it and DH is getting over it. It has been horrid ... so much "ick" coming from every end from an entire family. I'm exhausted. Being a caretaker (while sick) is so draining!
    As for the entirety of the season, DD is ill atleast once a month (colds, allergies, gastrointestinal issues ... you name it) and DS has had a cold and 2 stomach bugs. I am soooooooo tired of illness and can't wait for the season to end!

  4. JJ2626

    cherry / 192 posts

    @periwinklebee: you're not doing anything wrong! It just sucks. We are in the same boat! LO now seems to have another cold even though the cough from the last one never went away (going on a month!) I may take her to the doctor just to put my mind at ease since the cough makes me nervous. I do think some babies (and adults) are more likely to get fevers with viruses which sounds like your LO so then it makes everything worse especially with daycare. Good luck!

  5. periwinklebee

    GOLD / pomegranate / 3356 posts

    @Kaohinani: ugh I'm so sorry that you were hit that hard, awful...

    @JJ2626: yeah, I've noticed as my husband and I have got the same things from LO that DH will often have a fever of like 102 and mine never gets above 99-100 low grade. Maybe the other kids in LO's class are sick with the same thing, but just he gets sent home with fever and they don't.

  6. JJ2626

    cherry / 192 posts

    @periwinklebee: Do you bring LO to the doctor for all these sicknesses? I want to take her to put my mind at ease but don’t want them to think I’m crazy!

  7. periwinklebee

    GOLD / pomegranate / 3356 posts

    @JJ2626: I use my mama instinct. If he seems lethargic, fever isn't going away or is really high, the cough sounds weird.

    I've had the fever disappear for the window we went to the doctor and the doctor be like "he's fine, what's the problem" and had it be 104 when we were in the doctor's office and been diagnosed with flu. I think they are used to kids not really needing to be seen, so if you have a concern you should go ahead and go in.

  8. JJ2626

    cherry / 192 posts

    @periwinklebee: well I took her in and they said she just has back to back colds and that a cough with a single cold can last 3 weeks! So no wonder it seems like these babies are constantly sick. I hope your LO feels better soon!

  9. periwinklebee

    GOLD / pomegranate / 3356 posts

    @JJ2626: I can't remember if I mentioned above... that my LO has basically had a cough since October. I was concerned about walking pneumonia. They told me it was probably asthma since we have a family history and prescribed an inhaler, but since he hasn't wheezed I haven't used it, and think it could just as well be that he basically never goes more than three weeks without getting some sort of cold Really hope your LO feels better soon.

  10. gotkimchi

    pear / 1700 posts

    @periwinklebee: just an FYI you can have cough variant asthma particular in kids especially in cold weather. Might want to try the inhaler

  11. MrsADS

    nectarine / 2093 posts

    6 days ago, my 3yo finished 15 days of antibiotics. Today he woke up with a temp of 101, green/ yellow runny nose. Like WHAT IS HAPPENING. I'm so depressed

  12. bhbee

    grapefruit / 4390 posts

    @periwinklebee: agree with @gotkimchi: - cough is our primary asthma symptom these days (though he’s done plenty of wheezing in his day also since his was pretty bad) and his allergist has us use albuterol proactively any time he is coughing (viruses are his primary trigger so it all goes hand in hand). It might help! Certainly it helps us with sleeping and overall level of misery.

  13. periwinklebee

    GOLD / pomegranate / 3356 posts

    @MrsADS: I'm sorry. This has been us. Last week LO had a fever again Thursday/Friday, after having been out of daycare most of the past two weeks for the flu and a stomach virus. Fortunately this time it seems to be just an icky cold, knock on wood. I really hope this will just be a cold and not lead to anything else.

    @gotkimchi: @bhbee: Thank you! He has some viral crud now with a faucet nose and bad cough. I tried giving the albuterol to him yesterday because we'd gone outside and he was really, really coughing when we came back in. Maybe it helped the cough but he promptly puked about 15 minutes later. Looked it up and vomiting is a side effect. He also pukes in response to fever reducers, antibiotics, and a steroid dose he got when he had croup. Ugh... I hope it's not something he ends up needing regularly...but he has food allergies and eczema so there's a good chance he has asthma too...

  14. bhbee

    grapefruit / 4390 posts

    @periwinklebee: ugh that is rough if practically everything makes him sick!! Generally inhalers work best when you stay ahead of it, so I’d usually advise trying to do it regularly when sick, but sounds more complicated for you. If you have an allergist I’d definitely talk to them about it.

  15. periwinklebee

    GOLD / pomegranate / 3356 posts

    @bhbee: Thank you! Yeah, we got fairly minimal guidance from the ped. Just to try it if we notice he's wheezing and if it works that means he has asthma. I need to learn more. If he does end up needing it, hopefully the puking in response will not be a regular thing...

  16. muffinsmuffins

    kiwi / 663 posts

    @periwinklebee: we experienced A LOT of wheezing and insane coughing when DS was younger. They tried having us do the albuterol puffer when he was having an episode but it never worked. His doctor gave us an orange puffer (I forget what it was!) that we used 2x daily for maintenance and the albuterol as needed. That seemed to help as he had a constant dose instead of just when he was sick. We didn’t deal with the throwing up stuff you mentioned but maybe there’s another option like that? This was when he was like 18 months to age 3 and now he doesn’t need either so fingers crossed for you! It didn’t turn out to be asthma just a lot of strain from colds and pneumonia, RSV, etc.

  17. snarkybiochemist

    pear / 1928 posts

    @periwinklebee: Are you using a nebulizer or inhaler and is it albuterol or xopenex (levalbuterol)? I personally have found I have fewer side effects with xopenex and it might be worth the switch. They are different isomers of the same complex
    ETA I would also recommend a pulmonlogist ( I know your son has allergies often docs are pulm/allergy) as they know the lungs really well.

  18. periwinklebee

    GOLD / pomegranate / 3356 posts

    @muffinsmuffins: @snarkybiochemist: Thank you, super helpful! The next time we see his allergist I will ask if there's a pulmonologist she can have come in to answer questions. Thank you!

  19. snarkybiochemist

    pear / 1928 posts

    @periwinklebee: good luck asthma can be scary but managed. It might be hard to get a definitive diagnosis this young, E's pediatrician said that before 2 many illnesses can cause wheezing and thus need nebulizer treatments.

  20. periwinklebee

    GOLD / pomegranate / 3356 posts

    @snarkybiochemist: Thank you! Makes sense that it's tricky to diagnose when they are so young!

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