Last week we had quite a scare. Isla ended up getting very sick and was struggling with a terrible fever for almost 5 days. At one point it reached to 104.3. Scary right?! My little girl was not herself. Her eyes were glazed over, all she wanted to do was lay on the couch and snuggle, she never wanted to play and her naps were turning in to all night sleep sessions. This all started last Wednesday afternoon and by Friday morning things just seemed to get worse so we took her over to the hospital to see the Pediatrician. A couple of hours later I was told that she had tonsillitis! I couldn’t believe it but I was so glad that it WAS something and something that they figured out so quickly. Here is how we survived the last few days and how we got our bubbly baby back!
1.Tylenol, Motrin & Thermometer
As much as you don’t want to be that mom that is constantly reaching for the drugs, it is often necessary especially when you are dealing with a high fever everyday. We alternated between Tylenol and Motrin for the full 5 days and it gave Isla a little bit of a break and made her feel somewhat normal if even for a few minutes.
2. Soft Foods
Isla had a lot of trouble eating. Her throat was so sore at times that when I put food in front her, she didn’t want anything to do with it. It hurt her to swallow. I made a trip to the grocery store and got her Greek Yogurt for protein, bananas and some organic fruit and vegetable pouches. I also pureed some sweet potatoes and that’s all she has eaten for the last few days but at least she has been able to put stuff in her belly.
3. Cartoons & Cuddles
The laundry and the sink have stayed piled up and my floor has not been swept in days but I have watched “The Little Mermaid” and “101 Dalmatians” and cuddled with my baby on the couch. Relaxing is what she has wanted to do and in between napping and slurping pouches on the couch, we have accomplished that.
4. Lots of Sleep
I was worried that Isla’s long naps were going to keep her up all night but they did not.
A 5 hour nap was easily followed by her usual 8pm bedtime and for the most part she slept through the night. If your little one is sick and wants to sleep…let them sleep! They obviously need it.
5. A Check Up
Lastly, if you feel like something may be wrong, don’t be afraid to go see your doctor or go to emergency. I am glad we didn’t postpone it any longer and we figured out what was going on. Even though she was still experiencing sickness and a fever, I could sleep a bit better at night knowing that there was a reason for it.
I hope some of these tips will be helpful if your child is experiencing Tonsillitis or any type of sickness.
Thanks for reading.