Wednesday, May 14, 2014

und...shit!

My pixie has pneumonia.  Other than fever reducers and antibiotics, anybody have any suggestions on how to keep a three year old comfortable?

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  1. Viral or bacterial pneumonia? Viral you just have to wait out. Bacterial should respond to the antibiotics fairly soon. Cool baths and compresses help some. Comfort food. Cartoons to keep their little minds distracted from feeling like garbage. Gentle rub downs to help the aches. Sleep. As much vitamin c as you think they can handle without exploding. There is also an accupressure point on the left side of the chest an inch or two down and outward from the nipple (more or less under the lower left "corner" of the pectoral muscle/breast) that will help stimulate the immune system. Hurts like a bitch when you find it, but it does jump start the immune system a bit.

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    1. The fever spiked very suddenly--one day, there wasn't one, and literally the next morning, it was 105.9. The doc says they can't tell which it is without testing the fluid in her lungs, and gave us four days' worth of antibiotic, just in case.

      I've been afraid to bathe her, mostly because this seemed to have started out as a cold, and she will not keep her hair out of the water. She's still got the upper respiratory problems (stopped up nose), and I've just been feeding her what she'll eat. Sinus drainage always makes her a difficult child to get food into.

      I'll try the bath tonight before bed, and see if that will make her feel better.

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    2. Sounds very familiar to me. Had the same fever and issues when I had it about 9 years ago. No fun. Frankly, the main thing for comfort is managing the fever. Alternate Tylenol and Advil every two hours.

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    3. Ice pops (popsicles?) will cool her down,and get a bit of fluid into her. You could make some with fresh orange for a vit c boost.

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    4. I'll see if I have the fruit pops left from last summer. I think I do, but right now she's actually eating--she asked for a chicken nugget.

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  2. Keep her hydrated. It helps keep the mucous thinner.

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  3. Moisture in the air can help. We use a cool humidifier with a bit of menth-lyptus oil in it.

    Other than that, just attention, medicine, and entertainment.

    Poor thing, and poor Mom and Dad. Take care. I hope she's feeling better.

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    1. She's already back to 100%, and running us ragged to make up for lost time, thanks.

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