He was his usual self when we prepared him for his favorite time of the day but when I lowered him into his bathtub, I noticed that for a split-second his eyes rolled back like in a fit. While I have heard that some babies experience seizure when they have a fever, I did not expect Craig to react this way as his temperature was not that high. I immediately screamed out to Brian that something is not right and lifted C from the bathtub onto the changing table. As I placed him on the table, I noticed another split-second eye-roll! I was so scared I panicked! Throughout, other than those two moments, C was his usual happy bath-time self.
I hurriedly dressed him up while Brian called the pediatrician. The doctor suggested we bring him to the hospital nearby. We called one of our friends close by who works as a nurse at the hospital's ER to ask about the procedures involved. She promptly came over and after observing C for a half-hour, she suggested that we monitor him overnight instead of bringing him to the hospital. C really did not seem sick at all - he finished his bottle like usual. So, we decided to give him some medication for his fever and see if his temperature goes down.
We monitored him all night taking his temperature every half hour. It was the longest night! (We're sure that many more will come...!) I had him sleep with us so that we can observe him better. Thankfully his fever subsided rather soon after his first dose of meds.
By 8:30 am the next day, we were already at the pediatrician's! He examined C thoroughly and found nothing wrong with him. In fact, C seemed quite cheerful while he was being checked out. The doctor advised that we have his blood and urine tested just to be sure. So we did and the results showed a viral infection. We were told to continue to monitor him but the infection should clear in a day or two. True enough, since that first evening, his fever has not returned. He was a little subdued yesterday but today he is mostly back to his normal self. What a relief that Craig's first non vaccine-related fever is over!
I must say that our sweet little one is a brave boy. First, while his blood was being taken, he cried but when we tried to distract him and talked to him, he smiled back though I know he was still in pain as the nurse was still drawing blood from his heel. And throughout the two days when his little body was fighting the infection, he was not particularly fussy. He still smiled and cooed when we interacted with him.
Is it possible to love someone too much???
The verdict is still out on the Bumbo (notice the Vulcan a.k.a. frowning eyebrow!!!)
While we were at the doctor's we also measured and weighed him: he weighs 6 kgs (that's a little more than double his birth weight) and 62 cms long (that's about 25 inches)!
Ah - now that he is better, tonight we can have a better night's sleep!
Enjoying his toys: Perfect eye-hand coordination