Saturday, May 1, 2010

Stupid RSV

Emily had a rough week - poor little girl. She had a fever for a few days, congested and coughing. But she was still a playful and happy. Brad and I kept thinking that everything was due to teething and allergies. Wednesday morning she woke up with a fever, again, and I decided it was time to see the doctor.

Late Wednesday morning, Emily and I headed to her pedi's office. Come to find out, teething was not the cause of the fever or congestion. It's a lasting result of her RSV. Emily had RSV in November and anytime she gets a cold for the next year or so, it's going to be much worse. The doctor put her on breathing treatments. We have to give her 4-6 treatments per day for the next week. And then on an as needed basis.

Emily is not a fan of the breathing treatments. She gets the saddest eyes and tugs at my hair. It breaks my heart every time I have to give her a treatment. But the treatments are helping. Emily's fever finally broke on Friday. Her nose is running like crazy, but she isn't breathing nearly as hard or coughing as much. And she's eating a little bit better.

Brad had really bad asthma as a child (he was on breathing treatments) and there is a history of asthma in my family. I mentioned that to the doctor but she wouldn't even talk about asthma at this point. She said she's had several kids grow out of RSV around age 2. If Emily continues to have problems after that, we'll talk about asthma. The doctor did mention that if Emily hadn't been breastfed that this could be a lot worse and may help prevent asthma (yet another reminder of why it's important for me to keep pumping!).

Hopefully we can knock this out of her system soon and we can have a non-snotty baby!

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