Recently we’ve had a sick kid on our hands. Isaac felt a little warm when we put him to bed one night but we figured it was probably just teething since it wasn’t anything big. In the morning, however, he was a little warmer. Erin went to work and by the time she got home he was up around 101. As the day dragged on his temp kept escalating until we called the pedi office to get an appointment. When we got there it was 103.9. They gave him some Motrin and us a little advice and off we went.
The next day was a repeat. High temps that would come down with Motrin. That night, however, I learned something about Isaac.
You can’t keep this kid down.
Here he was, temp between 101 and 103, smiling away. Sure he was tired a lot more, sure he just wanted to be held and rocked a good chunk of the day, but he was still smiling, blow raspberries, laughing and doing everything he normally did. If you didn’t feel him (or felt him when the Motrin had really kicked in), you never would have known he was sick.
Problem was, you can only give Motrin every 6 hours and he’d had his previous dose around 1pm, which meant no more until 7. Usually he’s ready to get ready for bed at 6:30, but since he was sick he’d bumped his schedule up and around 6pm he was melting down. Even with a bath it was 6:20ish when he was ready for bed. Not close enough to give him more.
So we resorted to an old school way of keeping him busy.
We read to him (and by we I mean Erin, I sat against the wall because he wanted her).
One of the books we checked out from the library is called Baby Faces by Orli Zuravicky. Watch and see just exactly what he thinks of that book, it’s priceless.
I’m really glad we’re raising a kid who likes when we read to him. Not only does it help him learn to speak and all of that fun stuff, but it calms him down. If you don’t have a mini-library for your kid, I really suggest you start one. There are tons of books at places like Half Price Books, school book sales, etc where you can get good books for cheap. Or do what we did with Baby Faces, go to the library and check them out. It’s free and you can keep them for up to 6 weeks if they’re not on hold somewhere else (at least at our libraries).