Let this month be better than last month.
February started out fine but the last half was nothing but sick, sick, sick. Turns out I’m quite whiny when sick, and my usual tactic for fighting off a cold – sleep, sleep, then more sleep, is not really an option with a 5 month-old in the house.
I’m fairly certain the bad sequence started out with the swim lessons.
Tip: Do NOT let your baby drink the water.
While we can’t be certain where A got her stomach infection, this happens quite often from pools and makes the most sense given the sequence of events. And pool water often contains bacteria (from other babies, ones chlorine can’t kill) that can cause an infection in your child’s digestive track.
So the sequence went something like this:
- Swim class (cause) *probable cause
- Baby diarrhea (effect)
- Scary diaper rash along with diarrhea (effect) *makes for a very long, worried weekend
- Doctor visit Monday morning (effect)
- Doc’s office jam-packed with booger-faced children coughing on everything (cause)
- Kat gets a sore throat (effect)
- Then full-on cold symptoms (cause) *makes for a very long week
- Baby A starts coughing (effect) *another long weekend
- Doctor visit Monday, then Thursday, and Friday (effect)
- 2.5 weeks of sick family members and lots of interrupted sleep (cause)
- D has a sore throat and headache (effect)
- And so on… *hopefully it goes easier on D
Up until now, I was pretty happy we’d gone so long unscathed by cold and flu season. Muwahaha – it caught up with us.
A few things dawned on D and I as we survived the last few weeks:
- This is normal. Being a parent means adjusting your idea of down time.
- “Babies get sick.” Our pediatrician said those exact words to me when I asked her at what age I could take the little one to different activities.
- What do parents who both work do? We had a week of diaper rash and diarrhea. Then a sick baby and 3 doctor appointments in one week. There must be many sick babies at daycare.
- This too will pass. Something to keep in mind when your little one is waking him/herself up every 2 hours with a cough.
- Trust your instincts. After our Monday morning doctor visit we had a follow-up scheduled for Friday. But after a bad Wednesday night we were worried that she was getting worse instead of better so we called in and came in a day early. The doctor said it was definitely the right decision.