Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Sick Peanut

Taking a brief moment while Peanut actually seems to be sleeping.

Hysterical crying.
Fever.
Lethargy.

This is how my day has gone today. Normally I'm not a worrier. We've had reflux. We've had teething. We've had colds. I'm pretty used to it, and not really an alarmist.

However, today Peanut was completely lethargic and unhappy. All she wanted to do was lie in my arm, bunny clutched tight, as we watched our three PVR'd episodes of Sesame Street over and over with her dozing in and out. (Highly unusual behaviour, as Peanut is a happy baby, and isn't normally a cuddler, generally sitting with you long enough to have a bottle, and then is off again to explore. She wasn't even interested in her books, and that's truly alarming!) This was punctuated by several bouts of hysterical crying, lasting up to nearly two hours. She has had a fever of 39 degrees most of the afternoon and evening.

She doesn't seem to have a cold. There are no sniffles, sneezing or coughing. There don't seem to be any new teeth coming in, and the first four didn't result in anything like this.

I'm a little concerned. So, parents out there - should I be? When do you cave and go the doctor/ER. Should I be worried, or am I overreacting?

17 comments:

flutter said...

I'm a yank so I am not sure what 39 translates into....but if you are concerned, go.

Kellan said...

It could be her ears - that causes screaming. My little girl has an ear infection right now - her first ever, and she's six. If it is the ear, it could rupture the eardrum ... it could also just be a virus. It's the lethargy that would worry me. I'd take her in - better to be safe. I hope she's okay, I hope she feels better soon. Take care.

Kathryn said...

Hi, found your blog through Frog and Toad. I'd take her in to the Dr. lethargy is a bigger sign to me that something is wrong than a high fever. Is it possible she is a bit dehydrated...that can lead to lethargy to. Just a thought. Goodluck and I hope she feels better soon!

DaniGirl said...

How is she this morning? If she's still 'off' it can't hurt to bring her in to see the doc - but unless she's really out of it with the lethargy, I personally would avoid the ER. Now that 24 hours has passed, hopefully you'll see an improvement. Have you tried tylenol for the fever?

Poor wee thing. Hope all is better today...

Julie Pippert said...

The WORST is when they get all lethargic. I hope she's better today!

Julie
Using My Words

jen said...

i'm w/ flutter. go. so what if they send you back home, at least you'll drive back in peace knowing it's ok.

donmillsdiva said...

Hope she's better today but if not I would take her today.

bubandpie said...

Your description sounds pretty familiar to me - my kids often get what my mom used to call "24-hour flu": fever and lethargy without other symptoms. If the screaming continues, I'd say go the family doctor first (or even a walk-in).

Aliki2006 said...

I'd err on the side of heading to the doctor. Lethargy always alarms me, as both my kids get a little hyper with fevers. The few times my kids have been really sick, they were lethargic.

I always find that when in doubt, I head for the doctor--it reassures me, at least!

painted maypole said...

i'm not an alarmist either, but I have found that when I'm worried, it's best to CALL the doctor. Tell him/her what is going on, and ask "should I bring her in?" They may say "give it x hours" or "if the fever hits x" or "yup, bring her in" but then you know. And asking makes you sound like a concerned parent who is trying to do what is right, not an alarmist. Woudln't you rather know?

Lisa b said...

I'm also hoping it is an ear infection - easily diagnosed and treated, or teeth.
I would always get a professional opinion if you are worried.

Mac and Cheese said...

I'm not an alarmist either, but I'd call the doctor just to be on the safe side.

Mad Hatter said...

Sorry to hear this. Have you given her infant's tylenol to bring down the fever? If the fever persists, I'd take he in to the Dr. today b/c you don't want a sick kid, no answers, and the prospect of an emergency room visit on the weekend.

Denguy said...

I'm the worst for hospital trips--I'd almost never go.

Plenty of liquids and plenty of love, and a whole lot of lounging around relaxing with the child. That's what I do.

kgirl said...

Hope peanut is already better, but we don't ever go to the doc if the fever lasts less than 24 hours and there seems to be no other symptoms (like pulling on ears).
We also never give tylenol, as they all have colour/flavour/sugar/gross stuff, but that's just us. We go for homeopathic remedies.

kittenpie said...

I figure if the scrying and fever don't go away in about 24 hours or so, then we are looking at something that mihgt really be bothering a baby who is not a known fusser. Ears, maybe?

crazymumma said...

Does the fever respond to meds?

I hate and remember those huge overwhelming on their small body sicknesses.

get better Peanut....

 

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