Monday, April 5, 2010

The Flu in April

Addie and Reagan hadn't been feeling very well the past couple of days. Easter Sunday they both had low-grade fevers but didn't seem too fussy or upset about it so we just dosed them with Tylenol and that seemed to do the trick.
Today, Addie was so fussy, she would cry whenever I picked her up from her crib or moved her in the living room. I thought she might have an ear infection and Reagan has just been so congested the past few weeks I thought she needed to get checked out.
I called the doctor and they worked me in this afternoon. Grandaddy met me at the pedi's office so I would have help and thank goodness he did. We had to do so many tests and I had to leave the room to get a chest x-ray of Reagan, so I never would have made it without him to watch the other two.
After a multitude of tests and 3.5 hours at the doctor's office - FLU. Reagan tested positive for flu, Addie didn't but our doc thinks it may have been a false negative because Addie's bloodwork shows that she has something viral going on and there is no other explanation for her fever and why she is so upset and fussy. No ear infection, no our best guess is the flu.
So most likely Reagan and Addie have the flu, Baylee doesn't have it yet...but she most likely will get it unless we keep her quarantined. Ha! In this house, yeah right.
Reagan's chest x-ray showed a spot on her lungs, so our doctor is treating her with antibiotics for pneumonia even though it isn't full blown. So we are doing breathing treatments every 4-6 hours and antibiotics 2x a day and Tylenol as needed for discomfort and fever every 4-6 hours.
For babies this young, they don't have anything to treat the flu, so basically you just treat the symptoms until it passes.
And, for those of you wondering, yes, all of the girls had their flu vaccine. It isn't a 100%, but our doctor said that typically those kids that do catch the flu after being vaccinated have less severe symptoms. Here's hoping that is correct and our bunnies are hopping around the house again in no time!

1 comment:

  1. I hope so too because Grammy and Pop are anxious to see our baby girls next weekend!