Miss Kayci has a cold. She started feeling bad on Friday with a runny nose and a wet cough. Adam and Katie came over to stay for a couple of days Friday night and got the short end of that stick. Friday night was really rough. It was almost like the first couple fo weeks after she came home from the hospital. She woke up every two hours. Poor little baby was having trouble sleeping because she was couging and stuffy. So we camped out on her floor that night while she slept in her crib. Hearing her scream because she felt bad and not being able to do a thing about it is a gut wrenching experience.
To make matters worse, we got conflicting advice on how to treat her. Baby medicine we were advised to give her said to call the doctor for children under 2 years old. One of our baby books said to take her off of milk products (formula), but keep fluids coming in. The book also said to put a humidifier in her room and put a pillow under one side of her mattress. The on-call nurse at the doctor's office also said to remove her from formula and solid foods and to give her Pedialyte ever 2 hours until she was feeling better. The nurse also said that humidifier wasn't necessary, but to take her in a steamy bathroom every few hours. So we took her off formula and gave her nothing but Pedialyte for almost 24 hours. Kayci had a low grade fever and was sleeping quite a bit more than usual.
On Monday when Kristi finally got to talk to the doctor's office they first said that nothing was wrong with Kayci until the nurse heard her cough over the phone in the background. That's when the nurse backtracked and decided that maybe she did need to come in after all. When Kristi took Kayci in (she weighs 16 lbs 10 oz, by the way) the doctor said that she should not have been taken off her formula and that the nurse on the phone was wrong.
Apparently, that nurse is known to prescribe Pedialyte. We were very upset because when we call the doctor's office we expect to get the same quality of advice from the on-call nurse as we would from the doctor's nurse. That also means that poor little Kayci went almost a day without any real nourishment. That breaks my heart that we did that to her, but we're new parents acting on the nurse's advice. What the hell do we know?
It turns out that Kayci has a little cold and a double ear infection. Kayci got some medicine and hates taking it. Why do they make baby medicine taste like bubble gum? How is a baby supposed to know what bubble gum is, much less taste like? If they were smart they'd make it taste like a blanket or rice cereal or something else that a baby might know the taste of.
But in typical Kayci fashion, she's trying so hard to be the smiley girl that she normally is. She'll look at you and smile and you can watch as her facve changes because she doesn't feel good and she fusses a little. She wants so badly to be playful and happy. I love that little monkey.