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Toddler Tonsillitis

Michelle

Toddler Tonsillitis: It's that dreaded time of year when the weather is constantly changing & the germs are flying around. Oliver was a bit grumpy last week but I put it down to him being a bit under the weather. I did notice that Oliver had the strangest bad breath despite brushing his teeth, but I didn't really give it a second thought. 20140213-211237.jpg We were having a home day as Charlotte had just had her second set of injections when I noticed Oliver's face looked quite swollen, I called to make a doctors appointment, they said come straight away & by the time we got his shoes on he started to burn up. I quickly gave Oliver some Calpol & left, the doctor confirmed it was tonsillitis & said the bad breath was a tell tale sign, who would have thought?

Oliver was prescribed Penicillin & we were advised to alternate Calpol & Nurofen to keep his temperature down & reduce the discomfort. We ended up setting an alarm on our phone to keep track as Oliver's temperature shot up every time the Calpol wore off, he didn't like the Penicillin so we mixed it in a small pot with the Calpol without him seeing & luckily it masked the flavour so he didn't mind taking it,

It really was quite awful, a raging temperature, a sore throat, no appetite & very swollen around the face. Here are the symptoms for future reference, although I really do hope that your little ones don't get it....

Symptoms of tonsillitis include: sore throat that can feel worse when swallowing high temperature (fever) over 38°C (100.4°F) coughing headache

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I'm delighted to say that Oliver is nearly finished the antibiotics & much better, I do hate him being poorly! Michelle X

Milk/Dairy Free Diet

Michelle

Milk/Dairy Free Diet: Charlotte continued to scream in the evenings despite the change in Reflux medication & at her 6 week check had crossed a percentile rather than follow the curve on the chart, so our consultant referred us to a Gastroenterology & Nutrition specialist.

20140103-213221.jpg We where lucky to get an appointment on Christmas Eve, the specialist examined Charlotte & when he lay her flat on the bed both Ben & I felt very anxious after keeping her upright for the past 6 weeks, but it was just to see Charlottes reaction & to confirm the reflux diagnosis, which it did. The paediatrician said that the next step as Charlotte was breastfed, is to look at my diet & because my brother had a dairy allergy it was quite likely that Charlotte could too. A dietitian joined us during the consultation & gave me a booklet regarding the recommended changes. I was 100% committed to starting straight away, even though it was Christmas Eve! The dietitian said that I would see the difference within 48hrs & that we did, 7.00 arrived Boxing Day & Charlotte did not cry... We where skeptical initially but a week later I'm pleased to say Charlotte has been much better.

20140103-213210.jpg We did try not giving Charlotte her reflux medication but this was a mistake & we quickly gave it to her again. Charlotte does still get uncomfortable & sometimes cry but I have to say the HOURS of screaming in pain have gone & for that I am very grateful to the doctors who suggested the diet change.

You really would be surprised to know that every day items such as bread, some ham & flavoured crisps contain milk so you really do have to study the packaging, but the great thing about the booklet I was given is that it highlights the items you CAN have as well as the items you can't. I'll keep you updated with regards to the diet changes & let you know how we get on...Michelle X

Silent Reflux

Michelle

Silent Reflux: As the song suggested on yesterday's Facebook post 'Insomnia - Can't get no sleep'. After having a Charlotte it took about five days for my milk to come in probably due to the c-section so I was happy to nurse Charlotte through the night & assumed she didn't want to be put down as she was hungry. I took some fenugreek tablets as I was worried about my milk supply & expressed to ensure I had plenty. When we lay Charlotte down to sleep she screamed with discomfort so we picked her back up but after nearly two weeks of this happening I was convinced it was something more than fussiness.20131205-215113.jpg I had spoken to various midwives who assured me that most new born babies behave in this way, colicky but I was sure it was pain or discomfort. My friend Marie came to visit she has two gorgeous children, an older boy Harrison & younger girl Sophie with the same age gap as Charlotte & Oliver so I was excited to see her & get a few tips for managing with two. We had a wonderful afternoon, the children payed nicely & gave us time to catch-up. Marie agreed that Charlotte was clearly uncomfortable, Sophie had suffered with a similar issue & so she recognised the symptoms as silent reflux.

I'm not sure I had ever heard of it but started searching on Google that evening. I read a few descriptions of the Silent Reflux but it wasn't until I read an article on the Daily Mail written by another mummy that I really recognised the symptoms. It was probably a mixture of hormones & exhaustion having not slept for two weeks but I cried reading the article, it really explained what I had been experiencing with Charlotte. Screaming when lay down on her back, drawing her knees up, periods of screaming, constant hiccups and generally an uncomfortable, unhappy baby. I felt terrible that she had been suffering for two weeks & I had listened to the midwives who had said newborn babies often behave in that way, i.e it was normal! I know Oliver was a good baby (we had to wake him up for feeds), but I'm glad I trusted my instincts & had Marie to help me recognise the symptoms.

I called the out of hours GP and as it was a Sunday they suggested taking Charlotte to the Royal Alexander in Brighton if we couldn't wait until Monday, I was convinced she had suffered enough so decided to go to the hospital. The paediatrician was very reassuring & was confident that Charlottes obvious discomfort was due to a silent reflux, just as we'd suspected. He prescribed some baby Gavisgon initially as she was so young & we noticed an instant result . For the first time in two weeks Charlotte slept for two hours in her mosses basket with the head elevated, thank goodness!

Symptoms The symptoms to watch for are persistent crying, arching of the back, crunching up of the knees, and vomiting if the reflux is not silent! Read more details about reflux on the NCT website. If you think your baby has similar symptoms book an appointment with your GP

I was disappointed to find limited information on the NHS site about reflux, so will continue the post tomorrow to share some additional information about Reflux... Michelle X