Banana Fana Fo Fella, Rubella
Slo-J has fallen ill for the first time, unless you count the whole reflux and not eating thing (and I've been doing my best to put that behind me. Onwards.). Saturday she woke up with a constantly runny nose and a temperature, and not much of an appetite. The temperature kept climbing until it was almost 104 on Sunday, when I noticed she had a small rash on her face. She's also teething - I can feel the top one just beneath her gum - so I decided to keep an eye on it. All the baby books talk about fevers and rashes and teething, so I was able to remain relatively calm and NOT PANIC. She was decidedly unhappy and sick, but seemed more or less okay. I managed to avoid a Freak Out Moment; Mom, you should be proud.
I put a call into the pediatrician on Monday when she was still feverish, had no appetite, and had a few more bumps on her faces. I took her in to see the doc who was filling in for our regular ped, and he said it was a virus, not to worry, and gave us a prescription for nasal saline drops and more acetaminophen. I asked about the rash, and he said, "Well, some viruses do cause a rash -- measles, for example." He was calm about it so I didn't Freak Out, and went home to try to keep her happy and snot free. Oh, and I also avoided Googling "baby rash fever measles" and the like, just because I've learned the hard way from experience. Try looking up "vaccine reactions" and you'll see what I mean. On second thought, don't do that...just take my word for it.
Today her fever was down but the rash spread to her trunk, so I Did Not Panic but very calmly and rationally called my pediatrician since I was sure at this point it was not a cold, as the replacement had intimated. After a short Q&A session, she felt confident it's Rubella (also known as German Measles) but the worst is apparently over with. She told me to just write it down in her official health file -- every infant receives a booklet called the Carnet de Sante that's filled with medical advice as well as her vaccination and examination records, which isn't a bad idea if you ask me -- and to make sure she doesn't get too cold now that her fever's down. All righty then. So she does have a light form of measles but seems to be more or less okay, except still a little grouchy and not really eating or sleeping well and that could be because of that damned top tooth that won't hurry up.
The thing that does bother me a little is that I don't know where she could have picked this up, since she wasn't around a lot of people during the week. I do have a couple of kids' classes but it seems as if they would all be vaccinated by now, so I guess I'll just make sure to disinfect myself when I come home. The first doc basically told me that the real work of motherhood starts now, that she'll catch plenty of other things at school. I guess I'm in the club now.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Banana Fana Fo Fella, Rubella
Posted by Pardon My French at 8:34 PM