Viral Fever Attacked!!

@ 11 months 2 weeks 5 days

Ryan was strucked by the viral fever since Saturday. This time it is fever for real (not the mild raised of temp due to teething). We brought Ryan to the paed on Sunday morning when his fever did not subside after paracetamol (pinkish medicine). Paed performed a thorough check on Ryan and couldn’t find anything suspicious that alarmed the fever. So, he prescribed us Nurofen if his temp raised above 39C.

We got really restless. Of course Ryan’s refusal to take in the medicine added to our worries. We tried all methods (with milk, apple, plain water, poured it into his feeding bowl etc etc). At last we opted to force fed. Ryan wailed so loud and pitifully. My heart sank when I saw and hear his cries but I know this is the only option.

That night neither hubs nor I slept well. I think I woke up like almost every hour to check on Ryan. At 3.30am, I got a shock of my life when I found Ryan’s temp raised up to 39.1C. I quickly woke hubs and force fed Ryan with Nurofen using syringe. Another crying episode ensued.

After medication Ryan’s temp remained high; though below 39C (between 37.9C-38.5C). On Monday night we decided to check in the paed again. We force fed some Nurofen again before we went to see the paed. Paed prescribed anus suppository (both mild and strong) for Ryan after being told of Ryan’s refusal on the liquid medicine and we were told to go back if Ryan’s fever remains high after the suppository. A blood test will be next to foresee.

Ryan’s temp was under control after the dose of Nurofen earlier. It was only the next morning a dose of the mild suppository was inserted into Ryan. He did wail a bit but not as pitiful as taking in the liquid. :P When I called nanny late afternoon, nanny assured me Ryan was all well. Temp remained below 37c. (wipe cold sweats off head)
Last night Ryan was back to his active self. However, I noticed he developed rashes on his torso and was quite alarmed (as usual, I’m always very kan cheong). Hubs convinced me to continue monitoring for a day or two as paed did mention after the fever episode, rashes may developed as sign of healing from the viral. I hope he is right……
Ryan did not show any signs of illness anymore; besides the rashes which has spread to his neck and behind ears.. I read somewhere about Roseola. The symptoms described were identical to Ryan’s. Like any viral fever there is no immediate cure for it, just have to let it run its course and monitor the baby’s temperature. Since Ryan’s fever has subsided, I’m not too alarmed. Just monitor for another day or two on the rashes leh……