I was so happy that our son didn’t have any serious illness during his first year. He didn’t get any antibiotics or any other medicines rater than paracetamol. The only concern was his painful teething. I was thinking that it will be for a long time. I will have happy and healthy baby. But one day changed everything. I will never forget it…
About 10.20 pm my son started crying without any obvious reason. I was really afraid because I couldn’t distract him. He was crying constantly and it doesn’t sound like his normal cry. When I touched his forehead I knew that is something wrong. It was very hot but I didn’t expect it such a high fever. He had 40.3 °C. It was a nightmare. He didn’t want to stop crying and I was doing everything what I could to make him feel better. We gave him a paracetamol but temperature didn’t go down.
We’ve decided to call for 111. They had some problems with computers. It was that day when NHS was hacked (cyberattack). They wanted to send us to hospital which was 3 hours away. My husband was really stressed and nervous. He hanged up and called for 999. He had to answer on so many questions. I could see how angry he was. But I could understand him. He was worrying about his son’s life as so I. We had to wait for ambulance for 2 hours.
So what we did in a meantime?
- We’ve tried to keep the room well aired.
- I removed excess clothes and gave him fluids such as water and chamomile tea.
- My husband placed a cold compress on our baby’s forehead.
- Also I sang his favorites songs and rocked him in my arms.
Couple minutes before ambulance came he seemed to look better but he still cried.
He was checked by two nice paramedics and they said they don’t see anything serious here. They advised us to go to hospital for next day. Obviously we did it because he still had a temperature. He was checked there as well and again we were advised to go to GP for next day if he will have a fever.
I felt so bad that I couldn’t help my son. I saw how weak he was. He couldn’t walk properly because he was falling down all the time. He wanted to sleep more than normal and he didn’t want to let me go even for 5 seconds.
I couldn’t understand why anyone didn’t send us for urine test. Fortunately after three days and three visits (ambulance, hospital, GP) nurse told us to collect his urine. After one hour we’ve got a call with information that they have a prescription for antibiotic. That was a big relief because we knew that our son had infection and we can give hims something to help him. He was taking it for 7 days and after 3 or 4 he felt much better.
Now I know that such a high temperature in a baby is nothing normal and in most cases it will be infection. Remember to be calm and steady. I know that is hard because I was frightened and for first hour I was panicking. At least now I know what to do but I’m not waiting for next time.
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