Kids And Germs: It’s bound to happen while travelling
What happens when you combine “mama bear” protectiveness with foreign country germs? A mother that has the looming thoughts of weird illnesses striking our little ones at any point in our adventures. I
t’s bad enough that our kids got poisoned with ciguatera from that evil puerto rican fish, but our lifestyle also makes it that with every weird looking bug bite or stomach cramp we have to question the cause and possible ensuing infections, viruses or parasites.
I don’t doubt that any mother fears sickness in their child, but having to worry about things like chikungunya on a daily basis has heightened my worries. Mama bear is on high alert, with bug spray in hand and checking our daughters for symptomatic rashes on a regular basis.
Over the past two weeks we have had to make three trips to the hospital, one for each child. The first was with Ellia, who has had a persistent cough for about a month or so. It has varied in intensity and even seemed to be getting better at one point. But then she started hacking like a lifelong smoker, her nights were restless, and she was complaining that it hurt when she coughed, so we decided to look into it.
We went to the pediatrician would prescribed a cough suppressant, to help her sleep, and amoxicillin (since she sounded flemmy and had an ear infection at the same time, poor baby). She also wrote a prescription for an xray and told me that if after the meds her cough was still lingering to bring her back to check for bronchitis.
We did the rounds of meds, every 8 hours, which always makes for a disrupted night for everyone with those late night med times. The ear infection was defeated but the cough stayed on.
Hospital Round 2
I brought her back to the hospital, with Arias in tow. I didn’t think this would take too long. I was wrong. It took us 4 hours to get the xray and wait for a doctor’s consult. And of course, since I expected a quick visit, like the last, I had absolutely nothing to entertain the girls with.
Four hours turned into the girls fighting over who got to sit where, Ellia accidentally peeing on the floor, Arias having a meltdown in public, and a menstrual me being on the verge of tears at multiple occasions.
I chose the wrong day to do this.
At the end of our four hours a doc comes out to tell me her xray was clear but since she wasn’t the original pediatrician we saw that I should come back some other day to see the first doc. I lost control of my emotions, and because I am me, when I get angry I cry. Thankfully I had sunglasses.
I grabbed the girls and walked out of the hospital, holding back my lip quiver until I was in the parking lot. The girls spent the walk back consoling mama that it would all be ok. I also accidentally gave Eben a panic attack when I called him from the hospital parking lot crying, he thought Ellia had some horrible terminal illness, where as I was just calling to say they didn’t find anything!
A Bahamian Remedy
Since then we have been treating Ellia with cod liver oil, a natural method we learned in the Bahamas. Luckily for her the oil here tastes better than the stuff in the Bahamas, which tasted like straight fish with cherry smell on top. YUCK.
The Other Kid
Now Arias is sick. She has had diarrhea for 4 days and has puked twice, each time in the middle of the night. We knew it was serious when she told me she pooped her pants at school.
That is never an easy thing to admit to, coming from someone who has had a few such emergencies in her lifetime.
But then when the throw up and fever came we questioned more than just regular dehydration. Now it could be the flu, or a paracite, or any other weird bug.
I checked for rashes again.
No chikungunya, thankfully.
Which meant, we had to return to the hospital.
Arias was quite entertained when I made her poop in a cup with my hand looming under her bum. She kept joking that she was going to pee on me! Not funny.
Even though you never want to think of your kid having a parasite, we were hoping they would find something to explain her symptoms, but the results came back negative. So after more sickness out of both ends, she is now sitting in bed, by my side, taking her second sick day from school.
I have been dosing her with electrolyte drinks and her energy seems good. We will see how tonight goes.
Sidenote: she just woke from her nap and asked me “mama did I poop in my undies? Guess how fast I jumped out of bed to check. The answer, which I will quote from the wise words of her Aunty Cyra “Never trust a fart”, especially when you have the runs.
Oh my dears. We're worrying along with you. So glad you are coming to Canada to evade those bugs for a while. OXOXOXO
Arias wasn't sick last night in the night, so we are hopeful that she is on the mend.
So sorry this all happened. We've had our share of tummy bugs in our house, too.
Luckily they are on the mend
Awww.. i hope she feels better.. With this I always have Erceflora at hand..
Yeah with all of our travels we have a few things we keep on hand for likely sicknesses
Wow sounds like an awful couple of weeks for you guys. I hope the girls feel better soon!
Yeah it was rough, the sickness and the lack of sleep for everyone. But they are on the mend.
Poor thing! I'm so sorry you have to watch your baby go through this, I know how hard that is for a mama.
Watching little kids be sick is the hardest thing, I am always thankful that we have regularly healthy girls
Goodness, you've really had quite a bit to deal with lately. I can only imagine how stressful it must be when a new symptom pops up!
It's never fun, especially when taking about foreign bugs
Feel better soon, little one. It is the time of year for the flu and other sickness.
We come back to canada right in time for the "colder" sicknesses here 🙁
My goodness you sure have been busy! I hope she's feeling better soon, your kids are adorable!
Thank you they are doing much better now
I hope your little one feels better soon. There's nothing worse stomach upset. =(
Especially when you can quite narrow down the source of the problem, but they are better now
Aww poor little one! It stinks being sick. My whole family has had a weird stomach thing the past two weeks. It stinks!
Oh no,MIT is even worse when the parents are affected too. Get well
That is so not fun for you or the kids.. So far we have been lucky with not getting any cold.. but my daughter had a cough for a long time, and then one day it was just gone.. doc always said it was nothing she is clear..
I am glad it went away. Our girls are better too
I totally agree with you, and it can even messier when you think that's what it's going to be. Our hearts always seem to go out to our children/babies when they're sick because they don't know what to do for themselves we're the ones that have to come up with the miracle to fix things.
They have so much faith that we can cure everything, cute little ones, at least with time they got better
My older daughter always seem to be the one who gets all the tummy bugs. The little on have only one so far.
They are both doing much better now
Oh my, you have your hands full. I know how it is to have more than one child sick at a time. I hope they feel better soon.
Thank you the worst part was that none of us were sleeping well, but all is well now.
Aww I hope she feels better soon. It's tough when kiddos are sick.
She is better,must have just been a stomach flu.
Talk about an ordeal! The kids will be back in tip top shape in no time, I'm sure of it!
Oh they are now back to full energy. I have some sleep to catch up on though!
I'm sorry your kids got sick! Especially scary with foreign bugs and foods that you aren't familiar with. I'm glad they're ok now.
Yeah they are better, and thankfully there are some very competent doctors in the DR that ended up being quite helpful.
Oh no, this is terrible! So frustrating as parent and being so helpless. I hope they are on the mend.
They are back to 100% thanks. Now I need a nap or two!
Hope she weill get soon, proper diet and good food will boost immunity for kids. Keep safe 🙂
they are all better, I think it was just a random 48hr stomach bug
Awww my prayers are sent your (and her) way!!! I'm so sorry its been a rough couple days!
thanks for the thoughts, she is doing all better now
I hope she feels better soon! My oldest daughter is the same way, she's always getting stomach aches
it is so heartbreaking when they are sick 🙁 but all is good now
Funny, I just told my daughter the same thing who thought she was being funny by farting and she ended up pooping. Yogurt is the best thing for tummy bugs. It reintroduces good bacteria into the gut to help combat the bad bacteria. Instead of electrolyte drinks I buy coconut water (it has electrolytes too).
thanks for the coconut water tip, that stuff is everywhere here.
I hope your little one feels better. I don't miss those late nights, but I do miss those younger years with my son. Stomach bugs and farts are not fun.
they are all better now. I will miss the younger years too, since we think we are sticking to 2 kids and no more
Oh how I hate the tummy bugs that little people tend to pick up! Every time one of mine says their tummy hurts I cringe at the thought of what is to come. I'm with ya!!
thanks, she is all better now. But it was a rough couple of days
It never fails if one gets sick they all end up sick. That is how it was for us because I grow up in a house of 7 people. Thanks for sharing, Hope it get better soon for you.
yeah usually the girls and I will all get sick together and my husband will be stuck caring for all of us!
I am sorry they are going through this. It must be hard for you too as a parent, even more you are travelling. I wish they'll be better soon.
thanks, they are all good now. It seems it was just a stomach flu or something since it went away on its own
Oh my goodness, you had me laughing at the end but I am so sorry you are dealing with this! Get well soon everyone!
thank you, the girls are doing much better now. It seems it was just a dirty stomach flu
That is one souvenir you DON'T want to be bringing back from a trip. I am so sorry you are dealing with this. I guess staying in the states for your next trip is in order.
They are doing fine again. We may stop in the states on our next fly over, to do some shopping and possibly for our first ever trip to disney land!
Poor things! It's never easy when your kids get sick. & I love the "never trust a fart" line. I may have used that once or twice after having some personal experience. LOL
Thanks. That line comes from when my husband and I were doing a health cleanse and had to do salt water flushes, which make you highly suspicious of any farts!
We have all been there, when we weren't able to trust a fart. I'll admit it, lol.. However I hope she is feeling better.
I know I have had my accidental bad mishaps, so I knew I could pass on this wise advice!
Awww.. Poor little girl.. Hope that she feels better now..
She is fully recovered now, it must have been a stomach flu of some sorts
I'm so sorry that you guys have to go through this! I hope the kids feel better soon 🙂
Thanks, they are feeling 100% better now