Sorry for the delay in my Wednesday post. I was busy mourning my friend Rachel and forgot to post yesterday.
Peanut had her first real illness this past week. Her temperature got as high as 102.2 and we talked to a nurse on the phone twice. The nurse was pretty sure it was just an ear infection and mild enough that Peanut could handle it and she was right. Peanut is now has no fever and is back to her happy little self.
She was pretty upset during those few days of sickness though. She wanted to breastfeed constantly and pretty much didn’t want solids at all. This. Is. Normal. We just kept offering her foods and she would play with them a bit or just get angry and throw them on the floor. Sometimes she would eat a bit, but it was almost like we were back in the beginning stages of food just being a toy.
It’s also not abnormal if your baby wants to eat the same or more solids when sick. Every baby reacts differently to sickness and every baby reacts differently to each different sickness. Just make sure they get plenty of liquids (including water, which Peanut just drank up like crazy) and they should be fine.
Here are some interesting things to note about my call with the nurse and what she said about temperature. 1) Temperature does help the body fight off disease, but above 102 it isn’t really helping anymore. This was helpful to me because I wanted to know a limit on when I really should give her a fever reducer. I wanted to avoid it if at all possible and I was able to (I didn’t know this handy advice when her fever was above 102). 2) If babe has a fever over 103.5, they need to go into the doctor. 3) If babe has a fever for more than 48 hours, you should at least talk to a nurse on the phone.
Though Peanut is feeling better, she still isn’t 100% back on solids. I’m guessing it will just take her time to get back into her food routine—just like it does for her sleeping routine and her mommy not wanting to give her away routine (just joking on that last one).
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