L.W. asks from Tucson, AZ on February 11, 2009
My 8 month old daughter, Meadow, just started daycare 2 1/2 weeks ago (at only 2 days per week) and became ill on Saturday morning. She has now been sick for 5 days. It started with vomiting, then diarrhea, now it's mainly congestion, bad cough, and sore throat, but she still has a fever on and off and wants to sleep most of the day. She will nurse a bit here & there but doesn't want solids. Does anyone know the typical duration of a virus in a baby? Is the first time for an illness usually the worst? She looks awful and I miss my very energetic, always happy baby. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
So What Happened?™
Thanks to everyone for your words of advice and encouragement. To answer some of your questions, I had taken her to the doctor, and one night to the ER as well. I was told it was a virus and given the same advice of fluids and rest as some of you suggested. It just seemed like it would never end & it was hard to judge because I almost never get sick myself & when I do it doesn't usually last very long. As it turned out I was the only well person in the house! Well, at least she had her daddy to commiserate with her. Anyway, Meadow still has a little cough, but is doing WAY better...and my breast milk production has gone way up! I think I may miss sleeping with her in the crook of my arm...but I'd much rather have a healthy baby who likes to sleep alone than a sick one any day. She goes back to day care tomorrow. Ugh. Thanks all!
C.M. answers from Tucson on February 12, 2009
One thing I found for my kids to help balance their immune system is Juice Plus+. It is fruits & veggies put into capsule form for adults & gummy form for kids.... my kids thinks they are candy. Since I added it to my kids diets I have seen a HUGE positive change in their health! You can look into it & the research that has been done on it at jphealth.net/C.
Blessings! Sick babies are the worst cause we can't take their pain away from them!
M.C. answers from Phoenix on February 11, 2009
I agree with some of the previous responses. If you haven't taken into the doc yet then go. Be careful with the vomiting and diarrhea. It can dehydrate little babies quickly. Since you have just started her in daycare, that could definitely be the cause of her illness, but in time she will build up her immunity. Both my kids go and have since they were 3 months old. My son is 8 months too.
M.B. answers from Phoenix on February 12, 2009
Oh how I wish you could attach photos in here because I have the most pathetic little sick girl photo of my now 10 month old when she was first sick (at 8 months.) It was awful! Mostly a fever for us, never turned into much congestion. If you send me your email, I'll forward you the picture of her...might make you smile and let you know how common this is, as I know it breaks a Mommy's heart! We went to the doctor and they thought it was going to be a urinary tract infection, we had to get urine through a catheter and they gave her antibiotics (two days in a row) & then when the urine tests came back in, it turned out to be viral. I felt like such a bad Mommy letting my little girl be poked and prodded...but we all just do the best we know to do at the time. Hang in there. Ours lasted probably 5-7 days of her being really out of it.
D.K. answers from Phoenix on February 12, 2009
Yes usually the first time for sickness is longer becasue there little bodies are just learning off to fight off the virus.. usually a week as long as they are not being reinfected.. Make sure the day care is not allowing any sick babies, cleaning there toys properly during the day.. As someone who use to run a daycare don't always believe what you hear drop in spen sometime in the baby room & watch & see if the teachers are washing there hands properly.. good luck & god bless your angel
L.S. answers from Phoenix on February 12, 2009
I am going through the same thing with my 11 month old son. He is almost cleared up now, still has diarrhea, but other than that he's back to normal. Our peditrician said he will have the virus for 5 to 10 days, and we are on day 9. Your little one will be back to normal soon, just let her sleep and make sure you give her her fluids too, she will eat solids when she's ready. My son didnt want to eat either, but give her time to heal, she will eat as soon as she feels like it.
J.L. answers from Tucson on February 12, 2009
You don't mention if you have taken Meadow to the doctor or not. If you haven't it would be a good idea to do so. A fever of any grade after a few days duration needs to be checked out by a doctor. She might be dehydrated if she "looks horrible" and wants to sleep most of the day. Lack of energy can be a sign also, so PLEASE take your baby to a doctor.
F.F. answers from Las Cruces on February 12, 2009
I too have an 8 month old daughter in daycare. She's been sick on and off all winter. What your daughter has sounds like what my daughter had a few weeks ago. The vomiting is what scared me, but it actually helps get the mucus out of their stomachs. She was real sick for about a week before we finally started seeing our happy, playful baby girl again. Hang in there, she should start getting better soon. As long as she's keeping fluids down she should be fine.
A.L. answers from Phoenix on February 11, 2009
I would take her in to see the doctor, because my daughter caught something similar at daycare. It was RSV, which can be really dealy for babies, but does nothing to older children. I would just be sure, because we had to give our little one breathing treatments. Hope that is helpful. -A.
T.A. answers from Phoenix on February 12, 2009
Have you taken her to the dr.'s yet this problem may need antibiotics, because of an infection. thats what a fever means. it is normally ammoxicillion. she sould be fine in no time with meds bot try not to get carried away with giving tylonal. asprine is better or motrin.
let me know how it goes.
ps with daycare get use to getting sick alot.
A.A. answers from Tucson on February 12, 2009
Warning new parents that their child was 90% most likely to get real sick was the first thing I'd do when I was a preschool teacher. Doesn't matter how sanitary the equipment /room is - the new kids are just being exposed to normal 'germs' we all get from human contact. She will be sick for about 2 weeks... then she'll be fine - with a 'new and improved' immune system because of it. I'd still check with a Dr because of the age of the baby, like others stated she could get dehydrated. When they're 1 and up - it's just the usual plenty of liquids and sleep. Hang in there, you'll make it through the 'joys of daycare'.