Friday, October 4, 2013

Fever, Rashes and Frustrated Parents

Naomi has been experiencing on-and-off fever in the past three days. On-and-off fever means she got better after she took paracetamol, but once the medicine's reaction wore off, her body temperature spiked again. When her body temperature was high, I spotted some rashes on some part of her body but they were on-and-off too. All the while, we thought her temporary rashes were due to her body heat.

Get well soon, cutie patootie!

Today is day 3 of this on-and-off fever so I reckoned it's time for doctor's visit because home medication didn't work anymore. Naomi's lost her appetite since last evening and we needed to seek the culprit of her fever the soonest.

My husband and I brought Naomi to a paediatrician in town this afternoon. After some checking and consultation, doctor concluded that Naomi's fever was due to mild throat infection and her rashes (which then were not so obvious) were likely due to food allergy. He asked us to avoid eggs, seafood, honey and food that contains artificial colouring on Naomi's diet for the next two weeks or so. Doctor prescribed us with some syrup medicines for Naomi's throat infection and allergy and cream for her rashes. Thinking back, we had been introducing eggs into her diet since last week so maybe her body couldn't take it.

Anyway, this evening her body temperature rose again and this time around, to my horror, her rashes appeared to almost of her whole body. I am not sure if the rashes are due to food allergy or measles but they do give me some fright. I guess if the rashes persist, we ought to see the doctor once more tomorrow.

On another note, my husband and I always go through very exhausting episodes when dealing with an ill kid who always refuses taking medicines. In fact, Naomi had just puked the entire content of her stomach right after we forced her to take her medicine about one hour ago. Naomi's vomit was all over my left shoulder and arm and her body, hence a pyjama change again. My husband just mopped the floor in our bed room because Naomi's colossal vomit were literally everywhere.

This said, do you have any diamond secrets on how to make a kid, who is aware of the existence of medicine right in front of her, to take medicine peacefully? My husband and I have tried 3ml syringe, tea spoon and pipette to administer the syrup on Naomi but all of them are always met with firmly clenched mouth (picture a loyal covert agent who is forced to spill a secret on thriller movies!), spill, spray out of mouth or best, massive vomit from one very angry and resistant toddler who is not feeling well. Also, we have tried the rough way i.e. holding both of Naomi's hand forcefully when giving the medicine into her mouth and the gentle ways that normally involve singing, persuading, sweet talking, etc.; however, all of them are mentally and physically draining us because they still fail us sometimes. I have personally tasted all of Naomi's syrup medicines to prove that they don't taste bitter. Trust me, they are confirmed as sweet as sugar (ask the banded sugar ants if you doubt me) and some of them have delicious fruity flavour too.

Finally, dear veteran parents, if you happen to know the tricks of the trade in giving medication into a toddler peacefully and preferably don't involve any sternness, please share with me. Much thanks!

10 comments:

  1. How about mixing it w/ food or drink?

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    1. Hi, we were told by the clinic assistant not to do so... Worry if after we do this, she would refuse drinking milk anymore. Haven't tried mixing meds with food tho.. :)

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  2. She might be allergic to the antibiotic (throat infection syrup), cos my son had the same problem last time!! Stop taking the antibiotic, try to feed her more water (not warm but boiled water n put in the fridge). Feed her some fresh watermelon with a bit salt. can either eat or drink the watermelon juice. Strictly no rice, porridge, egg or meat, will only make her fever on and off. Keep drinking water, water is the best! use cooling patch for her forehead, wet cloth to wipe her whole body to cool down her temperature. Woodward's gripe water is good for fever and teething too. all these better than paracetamol and antibiotic.
    When making milk, 20/80... means 8oz of water and 2 small scoops milk powder only, till she fully recovered then only back to normal scoops. cos milk powder is heaty. Don't worry if she doesn't want to eat, just light milk for her this few days, when she recovered, she sure will eat again.
    Good luck Christine, and get well soon cutie pie Naomi.

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    1. Thanks, Clemmie! I am not sure if the syrup is antibiotic .. we were not told about it. Doctor said that syrup is good for allergy, cold and sore throat. I plan not to feed her rice again today. Cook the dishes so hard but she doesn't want to eat. Might as well wait until she gets better first.. :)

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  3. Hi, I am a mum to a 9 month old. We have always referred to my baby's medicine as tian tian (sweet sweet) so each time we feed him, he thinks that he is getting a treat. My baby never had a problem taking medicines. You could also try putting Naomi's medicine into her milk or juices. You could also try giving her a snack or something she loves after giving her the medicine so that she wouldn't resist taking it?

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    1. Oh good advice! Should have mentioned that medicine is sweet sweet instead of yao yao (meds meds).. Instead of giving her snack after, we normally give it before.. so the moment she opens her mouth when she's about to eat it, we quickly put the med inside her mouth.. but usually this makes her angry and she learns our patterns too..

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  4. Awww I feel what you going through now but I must that picture of Noami, is just too cute. I feel like hugging her.
    Sorry I've got no tricks as I am in the same boat

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    1. Haha no worries! Thanks for your concerns anyway... I understand how difficult it is for you to be in the same boat with me when dealing with a kid who is not feeling well. Motherhood, oh, motherhood! Haha.

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  5. Urh!!! We went though this phase and it's not walk in the park. At one time my boy was diagnosed with pneumonia, so he was prescribed 7 different kind of medicines and probiotic. One of the last expedient adopted only in desperation is modified force feed. One to administer the meds with syringe and one to carry him, then pinch his nose when he start crying start pumping a few ml. After some water, resume the rest. Of course it takes us an hour with break in between to complete the 7 prescriptions.

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    1. Gosh! 7 meds are lots of medicines for a boy who doesn't event like to drink one! I can feel your pain on this.

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