But of course health isn't always predictable. A couple of nights ago I got a scare when Rain's body felt hot and she seemed like she was a bit irritable. I took her temperature and it was 38.11. Panicked, I texted Rain's pedia to report her fever. She asked me to give Rain Tempra (fever medicine) and bring her to her clinic the following day. So I asked Richie (who was still at work at that time) to buy Tempra for toddlers.
The following morning, Rain's fever shot up to 39.51. We gave her another round of Tempra and then she fell in deep sleep for a good 2 hours. Since her pedia scheduled appointment wasn't until 12 noon, I didn't disturb her because I know she needs sleep more than ever. And I know the feeling of not getting a good sleep when you're feeling under the weather. So now that she was sleeping like a baby (oh wait, she IS a baby), I wasn't about to ruin that. When she finally woke up, we checked her temperature and was thrilled to find out it went down to 36.71. Thank God! But of course we still took her to the doctor.
Waiting at the doctor's office
Her Pedia examined her and thankfully she declared Rain as healthy. She explained to Richie and I that it could be Roseola. Roseola? What the hell is a Roseola?? It sounded something serious. I guess the doctor saw the blank mixed with worried expression our faces so she explained further... It's a mild virus usually affecting babies and toddlers from 6 months to one year old. Babies would get high fever all of a sudden. There's no vaccine for it, nor is there any treatment for the virus per se. Just need tempra to cure the fever.
It is also only during that moment when I learned that Tempra should only be given to babies / toddlers during the duration of your baby's fever. Meaning you don't have to give them tempra anymore the moment they're back to their normal body temperature. (Not like paracetamol for adults wherein you need to take it for 7 days even when you're feeling better to make sure the virus dies completely and not come back).
The doctor told us that IF Rain still has fever by Monday, we should take her back to the clinic so she can do some blood or urine tests. (Knock on wood). Rain's doctor informed us that if it is indeed Roseola, the fever could last up to 5 days and then when the fever is gone, rashes will appear.
It's the first time I have heard of this virus. This can be spread from person to person through oral secretions. In a way, I was so glad it was just that and not dengue. Its can really be nerve-wrecking when babies get sick because they can't tell you exactly what hurts. If only there was a technology or some apparatus that allows you to transfer your baby's sickness to yourself. Like a bluetooth or infrared or something. Hehe.
Anyway, 24 hours later, Rain started to feel better (Kulit mode ON!). No more fever! Yay! After another 24 hours, I noticed rashes were starting to appear on her back, tummy, and neck, and little bit on her face. So true enough, it really was Roseola. No need for me to panic now.
To see the symptoms of Roseola, see reference below from Medicinenet.com :
What are roseola symptoms and signs?:
The signs and symptoms of HHV-6 (or HHV-7) infection vary depending upon the age of the patient. Infants and toddlers routinely will develop sudden symptoms with a sudden onset of a high fever that lasts for three to five days, irritability, bulging "soft spot" on the head (fontanel), swollen glands in the front or back of the neck, runny nose, puffy eyelids (due to swelling with fluid), and mild diarrhea. Within 12-24 hours of the fever breaking, a rash rapidly appears. Older children who develop HHV-6 (or HHV-7) infection are more likely to have an illness characterized by several days of high fever and possibly a runny nose and/or diarrhea. Older children less commonly develop a rash as the fever abates.
So that, my friends, is Roseola. (Bow).
On a more personal note, when choosing a pedia for your baby or OB-GYN for yourself, make sure she or he is comfortable giving out his / her mobile number to their patients in case of emergencies. A lot of pedias do this. And it's very comforting to know that you can contact your doctor directly should there be an emergency regarding your baby.
I remember my first OB-GYN... I had an emergency one time, but I could only contact her secretary and the secretary will be the one to contact her. It was like playing Pass The Message. So inconvenient. That's why I transfered. Oh well.
Also, always check with your pedia first before giving any type of medication to your baby. Double check the dose appropriate for your baby's age. But that's common sense so you know that already hehe. Just a friendly reminder from your friendly neighborhood Rina's Rainbow! Hope this was somehow informative to all other first-time moms out there.
Alright I should hit the sack now. Just thought I could blog while Rain is asleep because I will be busy again tomorrow once she wakes up!