Saturday, January 9, 2010

My breastfed baby got sick... but the new year still brought good news

Two days before Christmas and one day before Christmas eve, Jack-Jack got sick. His temperature rose up the night of December 23, and reached 38.2 degrees Centigrade during dawn of the 24th. We gave him paracetamol, as prescribed by his pedia and we noticed improvement of his fever during the day. It was still high, but not fever high, which was 37.8 degrees and up as told by his pedia, so we didn't give him any medicine after that. We still monitored his temperature as it was erratic, going up and down, though it didn't go back to being fever high for a few days. However, it did go up again to 38 degrees on the 27th. We started giving him Paracetamol again, and promised to continue giving it to him until we get him to his pedia.

We weren't able to go to any family Christmas gathering during this time. Which was both a relief and a disappointment. Relief because we would be shuffling from one place to another starting on the evening of the 24th, ending on the night of the 26th due to various family affairs like Christmas dinner, lunch, reunion, and end of mourning ritual. Disappointment because we missed a lot. Especially me since I rarely see all my extended family together and it's just during special days when we really all get-together like Christmas and my grandparents' wedding anniversary, sometimes on my grandma's birthday.

Anyway... On the 28th, we went to his pedia in the morning. His temperature was cool the second time they got his temperature by an infrared thermometer (which was really cool and I actually wanted to get one). His pedia enumerated three scenarios which might happen in the next couple of days and corresponding medicines we should buy for Jack-Jack. It was actually four, but the first scenario was that it was just a case of the flu and no additional medicine was necessary as it will eventually go away on the fifth day. The other three scenarios were a) sneezing and coughing would be more prominent, b) his stool would be more watery, and c) his fever would still be present on the 31st.

It was the last one that happened. His fever continued to go up and down erratically as we continued giving him paracetamol. On the 30th, as no sneezing, coughing, or stool change was present, I bought erythromycin already, along with the electric pump I bought from an online seller who I was meeting that day for pick-up and payment (which is one of the good news for the new year). Early morning of the 31st, Jack-Jack's temperature reached up to 39.2 degrees and I was close to panicking. I mean, how could this be? Breastfed babies are supposed to not get sick because of all the benefits of breastmilk. Was I eating too much junk that my baby wasn't getting the nutrition he needs? Were we going out too much and bringing him wherever we go since he feeds from me that he inhaled too much pollen in the air, bacteria from the malls, virus from someone that his little body couldn't handle it anymore and just broke down? Did he get it from J, who got sick just a week before Christmas? I was just about to blame everyone and everything, worried about my baby's health, his fever rising to alarming degrees... Plus my mom telling me that I shouldn't have been bringing baby everywhere since he's still, yes, a baby, just a few months, therefore his system is still developing and he is still vulnerable to catching diseases even if I am breastfeeding him.

It was guilt, along with a bit of resentment for ever saying yes and not standing my ground to not bring the baby everywhere. It was just hard to firmly say no, since most were family gatherings that Jack-Jack just had to go to since he still wasn't seen by so and so. Sigh. And now, that firm resolve to not bring the baby everywhere may be a bit too late.

Going back, we texted his pedia, telling him of Jack-Jack's condition. He said to start erythromycin already, and buy a suppository since his fever went up. Since our maid was already on her vacation and neither of us wanted to leave the baby, J asked his parents to buy the suppository for us since they'd be driving us to our New Year's eve destination. Thank goodness we didn't have to use the suppository. Jack-Jack's fever went down to 38 degrees again. In the end, we just continued giving him paracetamol and the erythromycin. And by New Year's eve, his temperature went back to almost normal, going to 37.6 degrees. We prayed that it'd continue and it did! His temperature was back to normal on January 1st 2010, and it continued to be like that until the 2nd. We just continued giving him the erythromycin, discontinuing the paracetamol as his temperature was normal again.

That was the first good news for the New Year. The second was, I got myself an electronic breast pump. It was a relief for my hands when I went back to work. I was so happy that J finally conceded and saw the benefits. Plus, he must have seen how I was struggling to meet Jack-Jack's demands with my manual (which I still love, by the way). And so I now use, at the start of the year, an electric breast pump. And it Freestyle by Medela, which I now adore, especially it's hands-free features, which I will blog on and try to review next time. :)

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