Diagnosis & Mommy Judgement
Baby MPB has been drugged constantly to keep his fever at a more manageable level for the last few days. Now, he’s turned bright red with a rash from head to toe.
So, we consulted Dr. Google. His symptoms match Roseola perfectly. Or, while more unlikely, it could be the mumps or measles. But, as I am well aware that Dr. Google does not replace a real doctor. And while it’s unlikely he has the measles, I’d really rather know foresure.
So, back to the doctor we went – this time to our great family doctor not the emergency. As our son is fully vaccinated our doctor confirmed that Baby MPB has Roseola. The appearance of the rash after a the high fever made it very clear that he is battling this specific virus. The great news is that the rash indicates the end of the fever. And an added bonus is that Baby MPB isn’t bothered by the rash and the rash should vanish in a few days.
So, no interacting with other babies or pregnant women until he is symptom clear for at least a few days as it’s highly contagious. No big deal, we haven’t exactly been taking our sick baby around others anyways.
But what made this extra fun is all the experienced mom’s we are friends with who were worried about his fever earlier this week are now saying to me oh ya, it’s just roseola, no big deal.
Yup, I guess I’m the dumbest mom ever for not knowing that my son’s 104 degree fever was nothing to worry about. Silly me for being cautious and concerned. Silly me not just following Dr. Google’s diagnosis. Silly me for not having multiple kids already so that I know these things. Silly me for being a first time mom watching my son experience his first illness. What was I thinking? (In case it wasn’t obvious, please note the sarcasm).
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