I Am a Dr. Mummy
I have three kids. And as much as I want to keep them germ/virus/bacteria free, they aren’t. So when they fall sick, they ALL fall sick. (that’s best case scenario) The worst case is when they take turns to fall sick. Besides having sleepless nights to monitor the sick child, ensuring that the temperature doesn’t hit X degrees, or ensuring that the child doesn’t get into a life/death situation, or simply ensuring that the husband and I are not feeling helpless, there’s the BIG question that we always face.
DO WE NEED TO GO TO THE DOCTOR’S?
I would go bring the sick kid to the doctor if:
Medical consultation fees were cheaper
Clinic was next door. No parking issues. No babysitting issues.
Clinic is open when I need it to be opened
Medicine prescribed is something new and more effective than what I already have
Alas. We don’t go to the doctor’s that often. To survive, I tap on my entire childhood experiences, the wonderful world of Google, and friends who have kids who went through the same or similar symptoms.
Here’s how we handle sicknesses in our family! (I used this for my kids when they were above 3YO)
If the temperature is above 37.5C, we give one dose of Paracetemol
If the temperature is above 38.5C, we give one dose of Paracetemol, and make the child go for a cold shower. (cold meaning water at room temperature)
If the temperature is above 39C, we give one dose of Ibufen and make the child go for a cold shower. The temperature should fall below 38.5C. The Temperature is taken again in 15min. If it’s still at 39C, another cold shower. The cycle repeats. Four hours later, one dose of Paracetemol. Six hours after the Ibufen dose, we will give another Ibufen dose.
We will bring the child to see a doctor if the fever persist for 4-5 days. Anything before 5 days would be a flu (look for symptoms) or an infection (look for symptoms). If there are no symptoms, the doctor will not do any blood test for dengue or pneumonia or UTI until after Day 5. Cos until then, the test results would be inconclusive.
We don’t sponge our kids. Simple reason: Cos I am unable to diligently do it in the middle of the night when my eyes are half shut. But I am good at showering them down. Cos I’m standing up, they are screaming their heads off, so I’m quite awake! When they were younger and could still fit in the tub, we could save water by scooping water over their heads. (I miss having a bath tub!)
Start on Zyrtec. If it continues after 2 days, it’s no longer sniffy. It will be runny or blocked.
Start on Actifed or Ventolin. If it continues after 2 days, mucus should turn color. Then fever will start. Once there’s fever, it goes back to the fever remedy.
Drink plenty water. Boil Chrysanthemum tea. But if the throat gets worse after Day 2, & fever comes, it’s a throat infection. We will see a doctor. Cos the antibiotics is needed then.
Drink cold water, suck ice cubes. Give oral electrolyte solution, if there’s any in the fridge. If there’s none, go get from pharmacy.
We will see a doctor when vomiting continues more than 8 times in a day. For this, a doctor’s visit means I will insist on child getting hospitalised. I want the child on drip, and monitored by the hospital staff. (I would be really quite tired from all the washing up and smell too!)
Just like vomiting, I will ensure the child is hydrated. For diarrhea, what works really well in our family is Yakult Ace Light. It has additional Probiotics (very effective for those nasty tummy germs), and lesser sugar and calories.
The doctor comes when the diarrhea continues for more than a day. And again, by then, I would insist on hospitalisation.
The infamous, very very effective Ru Yi Oil!! I’m not sure if it’s psychological, but the minute we take out this bottle, the pain seems to subside significantly. (For good measure, we start the Yakult Ace Light too!)
But again, if the pain persists after a day, we will see a doctor.
This affects only Nathan. He is like the official Nose Bleeder in our family. I’ve concluded that he has either really thin veins in his nostrils or he is a major nose digger and is able to scratch the insides of his nose each time!
With each nose bleed, we just get one lot of tissues, stuff it up his nose, bend his head forward and hold it there. Sometimes it stops after a minute. Sometimes it takes repeated tissue changes of up to 10 min to stop. But the bleeding does stop. And the boy still cries.
These are the more common medical conditions that my kids have experienced. There are instances of Ear Aches, Rashes etc as well. We are thankful to have a really good friend who is medically trained to give us phone consultations. I’ve learnt through the years to remain calm, and pray. God is in control. I will still go to the doctor’s, just not immediately. The challenge for all Doctor Mummies is when do we go?
This is a linky party I’ve started to share the ‘medical’ experiences of all Doctor Mummies. Please know that all the remedies listed are all tested and proven only by the individual Doctor Mummy. They may or may not have scientific evidence to back the claims. One mantra that I swear by, “When in doubt, go see the doctor”.
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Chrysanthemum tea. Interesting I wonder if they sell it here in the U.S., I’m going to have to look for it. And the Yakult… I tried it for the first time last year, love the stuff, but it’s quite expensive here.
I’ve had to play Dr. Mom all weekend and at a certain point I’m glad I can just hang things over to the experts and let them do their work because I’m too entrenched in the emotions of it all.
We don’t run to the doctor for every little thing. It’s just so costly. I try natural remedies first, unless it’s something that seems really serious. My son has allergies right now which we’ve managed to successfully manage with essential oils. I’ve not heard of the Chrysanthemum tea. I wonder if it is sold in our markets.
I agree, so much you can handle at home without a dr. Luckily my kids have always been pretty healthy, with just normal run of the mill colds.
I’ve recently started Zyrtec with my son when he gets runny noses. This stuff is amazing!!
We will not run to the doctor for everything either. At least not at the first sign of an illness. Sometimes they just need to fight it off.
I have been a Dr. Mommy for a long time now. I try to help the kids here and if it does not improve we will go to the doctor.
My son suffered all through high school and half of college with horrible nosebleeds. He finally stopped suffering from them in the last couple of years. I’m not one to run to the doctor for every little sniff, cough or fever either. You can usually tell when it’s something that will pass or they need care.
As a child, my nose would bleed all of the time. We never figured out what the cause of it was, but I eventually grew out of it. Thank goodness! Unfortunately, my daughter is the nose bleeder of the family now.
I’m an empty-nester now, so I don’t have to worry about this. But I am curious as to what Paracetemol is.
I’m a dr mummy too. I have 6 kids and going to the dics can be very expensive. I prefer to use natural products to heal. Like rice water for vomitting and diarrhea, garlic and turmeric for antibiotics, salt water gargle for sore throats etc etc. My home is a mini nature’s pharmacy!
Sorry typo docs!!!
We wear all the hats, don’t we. Being Dr. Mom is definitely in the job description. I’m glad more and more people understand that you don’t have to go running to the ER with every little thing that happens
We don’t use a lot of natural remedies – at the same time, we try to avoid OTC and prescription medications unless they are absolutely necessary.
As hard as it is to see my kids sick, I do understand that fighting off the bugs is what builds their immunity. Of course, I do agree with you that vomiting and diarrhea – if not controlled – are doctor-visit-worthy issues.
I did recently hear from a mom friend that red grape juice is supposed to help prevent stomach viruses from “taking hold.” She says that she gives it to her entire family any time one of them gets sick – or even if she hears that another kid in her child’s school has a stomach bug. I have no idea if it works, however, it certainly isn’t harmful… so I think I am going to give it a try the next time a stomach bug is going around.
I’m doctor too. I hardly ever take the kids or even myself in when I know it’s manageable at home.
I have 3 kids as well and this past month every one of them has come down with something, some of them a couple of things. It’s so hard to know what should be done sometimes, but I truly believe first and foremost in trusting your instinct.
Wow – you have a plan for all aches/pains/ailments. I try not to go to the doctor’s office if we can help it.