It was a “perfect” Friday when I “celebrated” my victorious argument with my colleague who tried to push her tasks to me. However, upon arriving at the nanny’s, I was told that little 17chipmunks wasn’t feeling too good. She was feverish and cranky after waking up from her nap. Upon carrying her, the heat on her was REAL. I quickly texted hubby to inform him about our little girl and he immediately rush home so that we can send her to the pediatric.
I was told that she did not have appetite since afternoon. She did not finish her usual yogurt and refuse to take her milk. So, upon arriving at home, I immediately let her latch on. I just ignored the dinner that I cooked for her. As she was nursing, I could see how lethargic she was and the heat from her head. After the nursing on one side, I gave her the previously prescribed paracetamol. She was screaming throughout the feeding of the medicine. She was quite inconsolable after the medicine and so I decided to let her latch on the other side. Again, she was so lethargic. Then, I allowed her to lie on the bed and I could feel the medicine is taking into effect as she put on a smiling face to me.
As soon as hubby arrived at our condo area, we went off to Dr Cheng’s clinic. We were fourth in the line, waited close to 40 minutes. Since the medicine, little 17chipmunks was becoming her playful self. The check with Dr Cheng found that she had sore throat and that was the cause of the fever. He prescribed antibiotics (for 3+2 days), and gave flu and cough medicine (as a precaution that they might come). Including another small bottle of paracetamol and consultation fee, the total bill is RM80. Fortunately, this is claimable from hubby’s company insurance.
The antibiotic was given upon arriving at home while waited for the four hours before the next dose of paracetamol was given. Given little 17chipmunks’ weight of 8kg, the medicine given was 3ml each. Throughout the night, her little body was hot – feverish. We got to wake her up at the next four hours – after the feeding, she wasn’t sleeping and need to be entertained. She was also cranky. We tried playing music videos to soothe her. She eventually fell asleep after two hours.
Upon waking up at 7-tish am, little 17chipmunks was still cranky. We gave her the antibiotic before giving her a warm bath (Important to note: not to put baby in cold/ice water plus it is important to bath baby even if s/he is having fever –as it cool downs the body). We then gave her the paracetamol again as she was still feverish. She does not have appetite and just ate her favourite hami melon. The whole day, she was clingy and cranky, plus only wanted to latch on for milk. For me, this is good – as it was told/ read that breastfed babies recover more quickly when they nurse more frequently. Her temperature was fluctuating a lot – even reaching 39 degree celcius; dropping at mild fever level 37.5 degree celcius. This has caused us worry. I texted Dr Cheng and surprisingly he returned my call. I was told that the fluctuating fever level is normal as baby is fighting against the infection after the antibiotic. He told me that he expect this to continue until Sunday noon. I also asked him for signs that I need to send baby to the hospital. He told me that if the fever level does not fall after taking paracetamol or that the fever persists after Sunday noon, it is time to send little 17chipmunks to the nearest hospital for a blood test. So, we got to wait patiently and pray that things will work out well.
Clingyness, crankiness, lethargic and needing to nurse continues throughout Saturday night and Sunday wee hours. Fortunately, upon Sunday morning, after the antibiotic, paracetamol and bath, little 17chipmunks is getting better. We were so relief as there was no fever after that (but her crankiness was still there). She was more lethargic compared to the usual weekends. But, she still plays as her usual self – she was enjoying herself at the playground.
Hope this will put a full stop in this episode and little 17chipmunks will continue to be a healthy baby/ toddler.