The past week I have been to the Dr more times than I really wanted to in 2015.
It all started on Charlotte’s birthday- Phoenyx got a runny nose. Which in hours had turned into a face rash and a stuffy nose. And it didn’t end there. After 2 days of realizing that the mystery illness wasn’t going to pack up and leave as quickly as it began, we took him to Urgent Care on a Sunday where we were told it was….serious sinus issue.
No flu, no bacterial strain, no virus. Sinuses.
And with a kid that looked like THIS, I was like…suuuuuuuuuuuuuure it is.
I am not sure who is worse sick: Tiny kids that do not get why their bodies are suddenly acting that way or sick in bed husbands, but I can tell you that the past week was a world of hurt for ALL of us. 4:30am wake up calls, 11pm bedtime, skipped nap-times and no school. Hey, when you can’t breath, you can’t eat and you can’t sleep! So by Tuesday I made the decision to go ask another Dr.
Turns out that little sinus thing was yep, a sinus thing, but it had developed into some blockage which caused constant tears in his eyes and a pretty brutal ear infection. After the right meds that allowed him to get to sleep, we are now heading out of the week into a fresh new healthy one.
Of course in Ps case we needed a specific type of prescription (and he is too young right now) but in many kids cases you can use PediaCares Cough and Congestion.
(psst, click image for a coupon!)
You can also head here and use this symptom checker to find the right type of medication that may work.
Mom’s Tips for Doctor’s Appointments
With my double Dr appointments, I thought I might bring to the table some “Mom” tips as well.
What we did to stay prepped:
1) Took note of any symptom changes, including if fever went up or down depending on medicine.
2) Load up a new game on your cell phone or iPad. Having Phoenyx enthralled in a game made it a lot less difficult for the 2 hour time period we waited from beginning to end.
3) ASK QUESTIONS. My husband took our son to the first dr appointment and didn’t feel like he got enough info and he didn’t ask any questions. This lead to me bringing P back. Part of a Drs job is to answer those questions.
4) Bring snacks. I always keep a snack in the car, but there is nothing worse than a cranky child based on hunger or thirst.
5) Don’t give them the snacks and ipad the minute you hit the door. You don’t know how long you will be there and wearing out your good stuff at the 5 minute mark wont leave you much to bargain with.
6) You are at the Dr. Take a breather. My son decided it was a great time to crawl UNDER MY SEAT in the waiting room. Yes, its dirty. Yes, people were looking at me, but he was a bored 3 year old and keeping quiet. Sometimes picking the fight isnt worth the trouble.
5 Things to Bring to the Pediatrician
Now onto 5 things you should bring with you to the Peditrician! These tips are from Dr. David, whom is part of the PediaCare team!
In order to help your pediatrician do their job and start to put an end to your child’s fears of the doc, you must plan ahead (See Preparing Your Child For A Visit To The Doctor) and pack some necessities to make your trip easier for everyone.
Hopefully with this great list if you are facing a week like I just had, you will be on your way to control and healthy soon! Because these faces are so much nicer any day of the week…
I am a proud Paid Pediacare Spokesblogger for the past year. All opinions and personal stories are true, real, and my own.