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Friday, March 5th, 2010...6:11 am

Traveling with Baby – when baby gets sick

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Four days into our babymoon, I got sick. I’m not sure if it was something I ate or just the regular “traveler’s illness”, but it wasn’t pleasant. Shortly after breakfast I had diarrhea and vomiting (don’t you hate it when you’re not sure which end it’s going to come out of first or next?!) which was followed by the chills one minute and sweat the next. Thankfully, (maybe thanks to some pharmaceuticals) it only lasted a day. But two days later, Dante got sick.

Dealing with a sick baby at anytime is challenging, but dealing with a sick baby when you’re in a foreign country is even more so.

He started running a slight fever so we gave him Infant’s Tylenol every 4 hours and kept an eye on his temperature. He got the worst diarrhea, which lasted a couple of days and gave him the worst diaper rash ever. He was lethargic and slept on and off for most of the day but we didn’t start to worry too much until his temperature rose to 100.4 at 10:30 at night. Of course at that hour nothing is open and there is no way to get him to a doctor. I’m not even sure where the nearest hospital is, but we had taken back our rental car so that wasn’t even an option. The only thing to do (besides worry!) was to try to keep his fever down with cooling cloths and Tylenol and try to keep him from getting dehydrated. It wasn’t a fun night but by the morning his fever had broke and some of his old pep had returned.

So, tips on what to pack for baby in case of an illness: Infant’s Tylenol, a thermometer and zinc (for those nasty diaper rashes). I’d welcome comments from other mom’s (and dad’s) who have had a similar experience!


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