Childhood Conditions, Mommy Diaries

When to Seek Professional Help When Your Child is Sick?

A healthy child puts on a good smile on his face.

Would you believe if I’d say that my son at 18 had never been admitted in the hospital? Not once? Yes, not even once. It’s not to say that I am a perfect mom or that I did not have awful days for the past 18 years. Like most moms do, I went crazy calming Josh as he kept crying during his teething period, ran around giving sponge baths for his fever after his vaccine shots, and I definitely had bouts of losing my sense of reason when he had his asthma attacks. Name them, and I’d say yeah I endured them too, but there’s nothing compared to the feeling of nurturing a child no matter how difficult it may be.

As a nurse, I give credit to my nursing teachers who taught me well, and my colleagues who gave me an avenue to enjoy teaching and  learning at the same time. Then there were the hundreds of patients who gave me an opportunity to gather a wealth of priceless experiences. All these are well kept in my treasure box. Then, I salute my mother, sister, sisters in law, mother in law and mommy friends who all modeled to me how it is to be a great  “MOM”.

I’d have to say, God has blessed me with the knowledge I need, given me the experiences that I can handle, and gifted me with wisdom from all the moms I know. As I gathered all these, I was spared some sleepless nights and anxious days from the burden of a hospital admission. It also meant that we saved some amount of money as we stayed in the comforts of our home during those difficult days.

So having been a nurse for 24 years and a mom for 18, I thought it proper to share what I learned over the past 2 decades. So, I made a summary of the things (but they are not limited to these) that need your immediate attention, and which tells you that it’s time to seek professional help.

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Telltale Warning Signs:

Infants (0 to 12 months)

  • Fever that does not disappear after 24 hours or is not associated with teething or vaccination
  • Convulsions
  • Swollen Fontanelle (the soft spot at the top of the head)
  • Rashes
  • Vomiting or Diarrhea (if it’s more than 3 times, immediately seek professional help)
  • Appears limp, flushed or pale
  • Cries a lot, irritable and is inconsolable (this is usually a sign of pain)
  • Fast Breathing
  • Has trouble swallowing and does not feed well

Older Kids (1 year old and up)

  • Fever:
    • that does not disappear after 24 hours
    • that occurs when there is no obvious reason for it
    • that can be caused by seasonal illnesses like measles, hay fever, chicken pox or hand-foot-and-mouth disease (HFMD)
    • that is not associated with a previous vaccination.
    • that is accompanied by cough and cold, stomach flu, painful urination, sore throat or other unusual symptoms
  • Rashes
  • Vomiting or Diarrhea (if it’s more than 5 times, immediately seek professional help)
  • Keeps touching or scratching particular body parts like the eyes, ears or private areas
  • Unusual lack of interest to play
  • Lack of Appetite
  • Wheezing or crackling sound with breathing especially with a history of asthma

As a rule of thumb, I’d say timely response and immediate professional care should not be delayed when there is a need for it. You as a mom should know your child well, which means a slight change in physical signs or behavior tells you a lot about his or health condition. The old cliché, “an ounce of prevention is better than cure” will keep you from a lot of trouble.

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Parents May Be Able to Lower Kids’ Autism Risk

The role of the parents is very important in combating the overgrowing cases of autism worldwide. irmz


Autism experts still disagree over a lot of things about the developmental disorder, but there is one idea that unites most of them — that the earlier the condition can be diagnosed, and the sooner interventions, from medications to behavioral therapies, can be tried, the more likely that child will be to develop normally.

The latest research, published Wednesday in the journal Lancet Psychiatry, pushes this idea even further by intervening with one of the youngest group of babies yet — those who are 7 months to 10 months old. Jonathan Green from the University of Manchester, in England, and his colleagues say that teaching parents to get more in tune with the signals coming from infants who are at high risk of developing autism can change their babies’ behavior and shift them toward a pattern of more normal development.

MORE:Autism Symptoms Disappeared With Behavioral Therapy in Babies

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Moms Need Nights Out Too

Moms Need Nights Out Too

A few days ago we watched this movie “Mom’s Night Out!” A very light and funny movie but with a very important message for us women.

Oftentimes, we become so obsessed with the things we thought would make us happy only to end up frustrated and stressed out. This is so true with women. We have that idea that having a husband and kids would make our life complete. What’s worse is, in keeping up with our fairy tale notion of a happy home we try to control everyone – me included. We try to create standards to control our spouses. We do stuff to control our kids. But all of them only proves one thing – it makes us go crazy!

In our hopes of having a perfect home we often neglect the things that matter the most. Our kid’s talents that are expressed in painted walls, which are supposed to be appreciated are treated with annoyance and unnecessary anger – again, I am not excused here. This made me smile as I remember being cranky with my son over spilled water on our floor as he drinks his water.

We do so many things, create many rules that only add up to our already piled up responsibilities. We act as if we are little gods who can control people and circumstances. We often forget that we are not the one’s in control. We do not call the shots.

God in His love has already given us the blueprint when He said:

Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take. Proverbs 3:5-6

This verse is so popular, but are we really taking its meaning by heart? Trusting the Lord with all our heart may mean it’s okay that my kids are playful and make a mess of my kitchen. And when they are all grown up and still make some mistakes, we can still trust God that He allows things to happen for a reason.

Truth is, we cannot be in control of other people’s lives, the only person we can control is ourselves. In fact, even if we think we already know ourselves, we still need help in that area. Only God knows us completely and absolutely! So let us stop setting so many rules and standards that only create walls instead of ladders. Sometimes, it’s the only thing that we need – to let our hair down and to admit to ourselves we are not and can never be perfect. Sometimes, all we need is that “Me Time” to keep ourselves sane.