Go Away Gastroenteritis!

December 1, 2011 at 1:53 am 3 comments

Last week was one of the toughest weeks I have experienced in my short time as a mother.  My daughter came down with a nasty case of gastroenteritis.  To make it worse my husband was away and I was in the middle of a work week while preparing for Thanksgiving and finishing some of my university assignments at the same time.  It wasn’t the ideal moment to be alone with a sick baby.

It all started on Wednesday when my in-laws, who watch her while I work, noticed that my daughter was in poor spirits and her stools were looser.  She also had what looked like the beginning of a diaper rash.  I chalked it up to the MMR vaccination she had gotten the previous week.  However, by that evening the stools were now liquid and the rash had gotten worse. Things continued to go downhill on Thursday.  She was in pain every time she had to poop which she was doing every two to three hours.  She wasn’t running a fever or vomiting plus she was eating and drinking so I wasn’t too worried, but I had started giving her the Spanish version of Pedialyte by that point in time just to be sure she stayed hydrated.  The worst part of it all was the diaper rash. Despite my attempts to keep her bottom clean, dry and soothed the rash had turned into large open sores and she screamed bloody murder every time her diaper was changed.

When she wasn’t better on Friday, I decided enough was enough and phoned the pediatrician who wasn’t available so I took my daughter to the Emergency Room in our children’s hospital.  We saw the doctor within ten minutes of arrival and she diagnosed it as gastroenteritis.  She gave us a long list of items to pick up at our local pharmacy which included a lactose free formula, a different type of diaper cream, and an anti-fungal gel for the rash.  By Saturday the diarrhea began to subside and her spirits improved.  By Monday her bowel movements had almost returned to normal and the rash was healing quickly.

One week later she’s pretty much back to normal, but I’ve learned some valuable lessons from this experience.

1.  Don’t use wipes on a rash ever!  It just will irritate the skin.

2.  If your diaper cream isn’t working, find one that will and do it fast.

3.  Keep some pedialyte (or a similar product) on hand always.

4.  Never let your husband go away.

We were very lucky that our daughter wasn’t very sick for the first year of her life, but the more contact she has with people, the more often she will catch something.  I’m well aware that the next nasty bug could just be waiting around the corner, but I’ll be more prepared this time.

-Katie

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