So I am in a little predicament right now. I was wondering if you guys can give me some advice.
Scarlett has been sick now for 6 days. About a week and a half ago she was really clingy and extra whiny. I thought maybe she was starting to teethe, but then a few days later she developed a mild fever (that eased with paracetamol) and a runny nose. One day after that she developed a really chesty, nasty cough.
So for 5 days now she’s had this terrible cough.
On the second day (four days ago) I got the doctor to come out to check her over.
I wasnt sure at what point I call the doctor to check her out, and I didn’t want to take any chances.
He said her chest was clear, so were her ears and throat. He said it was likely a viral cold and will get better over the next few days.
He recommended Otrivin junior nasal drops to help with the congestion and to clear the mucous.
Two days ago I asked a chemist if there was a cough medicine for babies, and it turns out there is. So she’s had that for two days now.
My problem is, she doesn’t seem to be getting better. In a few hours we will be approaching the 7th day of this ‘cold’ and it hasn’t eased at all, if anything, it has gotten worse.
She has a temperature more often now, so instead of giving panadol once a day before bed (as per the doctors instructions to help her sleep better) we are now (as of today) having to give it to her every 6-8 hours, otherwise her temperature jumps up.
The highest her temperature has gotten is 38.6•C and it came down once I gave panadol.
She was sleeping okay at night, but the last two nights she has pretty much been up all night. The problem is, she is so tired but she can’t breathe through her nose and this damn cough wakes her up! Last night I ended up getting up and sitting in a chair with her on my chest (upright) so she could sleep. I sat there 8 hours. I didn’t get a wink of sleep but she slept much better. She still got woken up from the cough though.
My question is, when do I call the doctor again? He said that colds in babies can take up to 10 days to clear. I don’t want to come across as a hypercondriac, but I also don’t want to let her suffer either. I hate seeing her like this.
Her nose is red from all the wiping. Her lips are dry.
She’s not eating or drinking as much as she normally does, but is getting enough fluid to keep her hydrated. I went out and got some hydralyte ice blocks for her to suck on. She loves them and I’m just happy she’s getting some fluid!!
I don’t know what to do? Help!