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!