Friday, February 8, 2008

Do you know these girls?

We spent last week nursing sick Emma back to health. Be glad I didn't take any pictures. It wasn't pretty. Neither of my kids have ever been that sick before. Emma didn't talk for about three days. She laid on the couch or in her bed and that was it. She even asked me if I could turn off Sesame Street so she could go take a nap. Now THAT'S sick.

I did learn a few things about kids and barf though. I share them with you here in hopes that you won't have to learn the hard way, as I did.

  1. Layers: towels, blankets, sheets, pillowcases, etc. After changing Emma's bed 3 times between the hours of 2 and 5 AM, I learned this lesson. Sheet, towel, sheet, towel. Lots of pillowcases layered one on top of the other. Then, when the barf comes again (and it will, oh yes, it will), you just strip off the polluted layers. Now the lower layers are on top and you don't have to go find clean sheets and remake the bed. Trust me on this one. Also helpful in the car. Enough said.
  2. Pedialyte tastes horrible. (Our pediatrician even admitted this.) After one sip Emma wouldn't get near the stuff and asked for water instead. This is a child who can down a juice box in about 10 seconds. She LOVES juice, but Pedialyte? No way. Dilute Gatorade to half strength. If they can't tolerate it, give 1 teaspoon every five minutes until it starts staying down. Tedious, but it worked for us when even water was coming back up.
  3. BRAT diet: Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, Toast. I'll add Saltine Crackers to that list(BRATS?). We tried the toast and crackers without much success, but on day 4, she liked the applesauce and ate a few bites of that.
  4. A 3 year old can hold her own barf bowl in her lap in the car. Yup, and throw up into it too. Unfortunately, sleeping snuggled up next to the same bowl didn't mean she got the throw up into the bowl in the middle of the night.

Many of you may already know all of these tricks. At our house throw up NEVER happens, so we had a lot of learning to do.

So, instead of sickness shots, I attached two pictures from the past. Hannah and Emma found these glasses somewhere at my Mom's house on New Year's Eve. They liked them because one of their favorite book characters, Lily from Lily's Purple Plastic Purse, wears them. Until next time....

9 comments:

Jen O said...
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Jen O said...

Oh, that is so hard to see your own child suffer! Hope all is better at your house. Cute photos of the "mystery girls."

Cailean said...

Oh I'm so sorry!!! It's hard to see them so sick and just not themselves...then great to see them come back to life suddenly. We did learn #1 pretty well two flu seasons ago but I credit the discovery to my engineer husband. #2 though we hadn't done, just water which of course comes up. Learned this all too well recently! We always have Gatorade around so I'll put this in the Mommy Vault for future reference. Thanks! And I'm glad they are better!

matt&carlen said...

Hi Laura! I was thrilled to come across your blog--thanks again to Cailean! (Who happened across ours through a mutual friend)! So fun to see your cute girls growing up so cute! And it sounds like if you have a "fluffy tummy" you might have another one on the way?
You'll have to visit our blogspot and catch up again! oursweetcrew.blogspot.com

Betsy said...

Nothing better than the barfs! Hopefully when you add that third your sicknesses don't triple like ours did!

Casey and Scott said...

Oh, so sad to have sick kiddos. I'm glad to hear Emma is on the mend!! I've never heard Jack ask to turn the TV off, that is definately a sign of extreme sickness! I hope all is back to normal soon.

The Nits said...

Laura-
The flu bites, especially if someone has a special blankey which they must have to sleep and then they barf all over it. No matter how many layers there are there is still barf on the favorite blanky! Glad to hear you are recovering. Happy Valentines Day! Samantha

Agnes Minerva said...

Oh, sad! Poor Emma. I'm glad all is better now :) Thanks for the tips, too. Vive la difference, I guess, though, 'cause we love Pedialyte around here (just don't get the unflavored kind - yuk!) and bananas for a pukey one? Not so much.

Let's get our girls together for a play date soon - Charlotte totally misses Emma in nursery.

Latanya said...

Well written article.