My baby is sick :(

I feel so awful! If I knew we'd have to go through all this, I would have kept him in a sterile bubble the first month. Dylan developed a fever last night. I called the pediatric after-hours number and they sent me to the emergency room. Now we've just been admitted to the hospital, and they want to keep him for 48 hours. This is after they poked and prodded him to get blood, urine, and a spinal tap. Poor baby! He was so brave through the whole thing, even the spinal, but I feel awful. It's the first time I've let something bad/painful happen to him. He's been acting OK despite the fever, so I hope it's just a cold and the tests will all come back negative. I had no idea a baby getting sick would result in such an ordeal!
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Aw. Poor little guy. I hope he's better soon.

Do not blame yourself, Bailey. It's not possible to keep them in a plastic bubble.
I'm sorry you're going through this. All my best that he's a-okay.

It's winter - there's TONS of germs out there, so don't blame yourself.
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Yeah, they always do a spinal tap on a baby under 2 months old with a high-ish fever. I think it's overkill, but they are trying to rule out meningitis. I hope he feels better soon. Are you breastfeeding him?
Hugs, honey!

My son had a high fever at 17 days old and we were in the hospital for 6 days. The worst 6 days of my life, without a doubt. I still remember him screaming through the spinal tap, the catheter, the IV insertion and every other procedure imaginable.

In the end he had a kidney infection (and was diagnosed with kidney reflux). I hope that your little one just has a quick cold that will be over with soon!


Poor thing!!! I hope he gets better soon.
Oh, no! Hope he recovers quickly and that it's nothing serious.
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Aww honey! I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers! Please keep us updated.
poor guy.. when a baby that young spikes a fever they want to rule out everything and figure out immediately what is causing the fever so they can appropriately treat it..

{{{hugs}}}

you can't keep him in a bubble, it's not your fault.. i hope everything turns out well..
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You're not a bad mama! We can't protect our babies from everything. I'll keep little Dylan in my thoughts, hoping it turns out to be nothing.
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I hope he's ok and it's just a cold. You really can't keep them in a bubble, no matter how much we want to.
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I'm so sorry that you are going through this. But your little one is lucky to have a strong mom to be there for him to comfort him and wipe away his tears.

Although I am certain this will not bring comfort, I hope it will help you not feel so badly - Sometimes things inevitably happen...even if you keep them in a sterile bubble.

Please keep us posted.
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Yeah, they always do a spinal tap on a baby under 2 months old with a high-ish fever. I think it's overkill, but they are trying to rule out meningitis. I hope he feels better soon. Are you breastfeeding him?
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves
Yup, and I fed him right after the spinal tap, which seemed to make him feel better.

This whole thing seems like overkill, and I feel like they're treating me like a complete moron. They say he needs to stay here for "monitoring" but nobody is monitoring anything. They haven't even been in here to take his blood pressure since we were admitted, so I'm not sure what kind of monitoring they think they're doing that I couldn't do at home. Then I asked them for a regular bed instead of the metal crib/cage thing, because he cries in it and I'm laying with him in this really uncomfortable recliner. Of course, they told me no b/c I could roll over onto him. Um, I've been sleeping with my baby since he was 2 days old and incredibly have managed not to kill him. And now, I'm a bit peeved b/c the doctor (who finally just came after we asked for the dr. at 9 am) asked me what kind of formula he eats. Um, he doesn't get formula.

I'm tempted to say screw it and just take him home, but I'm worried about insurance implications if we leave AMA. He's acting totally fine (sleeping well, alert when he wakes up, feeding well) and the fever is down, so now I'm feeling a bit stupid for freaking out and taking him to the ER. I feel now like I should have just given him Tylenol and watched him at home. Of course, i say this now knowing he's most likely fine, but if he wasn't, I'd never forgive myself for waiting to bring him in. And I know this isn't REALLY my fault, but why is the first thought that enters my mind "OMG, I made my baby sick." Does this guilt ever go away?
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And slightly off topic... I feel like I've birthed a monster. Dylan is 24 inches and 11 lb 10 oz today!!! What the heck is he eating? Oh yeah....
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[Does this guilt ever go away?
Originally Posted by Bailey422
Unfortunately no. It only gets worse.

Hang in there. We're all here for you!!!
I wish Dylan a speedy recovery--it sounds like he's feeling better already.

It's probably better to overreact than underreact; you know, better safe than sorry and all that. I think I'd have done the same thing.
Being a mom is so hard. And it doesn't get easier as they get older. They'll always be your baby. I still call Tristan every day and worry about her at college.
I cant imagine having a little one in the hospital! Three kids, and so far I haven't been there. (Fingers crossed) I almost cry every time they give her shots!
Elli got really sick around 4 weeks, bad congestion, slight fever and general misery.
She's got her second cold now, at 6 months. Not bad, considering some babies are sick all the time.
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Well, it turns out Dylan has a UTI. How in the world he got it is beyond me... I thought boys don't really get these. According to the doctor that talked to DH (I went home to shower), it's because he's not circumcised. Grrrr! Then again this is the same Dr who didn't bother asking how I feed my baby, but instead asked what brand of formula he gets.

They still want to keep us for 48 hours, so hopefully we can go home tomorrow morning or early afternoon.
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Well, it turns out Dylan has a UTI. How in the world he got it is beyond me... I thought boys don't really get these. According to the doctor that talked to DH (I went home to shower), it's because he's not circumcised. Grrrr! Then again this is the same Dr who didn't bother asking how I feed my baby, but instead asked what brand of formula he gets.

They still want to keep us for 48 hours, so hopefully we can go home tomorrow morning or early afternoon.
Originally Posted by Bailey422
Wow, that doctor sounds like a winner.

I hope Dylan is feeling better soon! And you too, Bailey!

Well, it turns out Dylan has a UTI. How in the world he got it is beyond me... I thought boys don't really get these. According to the doctor that talked to DH (I went home to shower), it's because he's not circumcised. Grrrr! Then again this is the same Dr who didn't bother asking how I feed my baby, but instead asked what brand of formula he gets.

They still want to keep us for 48 hours, so hopefully we can go home tomorrow morning or early afternoon.
Originally Posted by Bailey422


Everything below the waist is going to be blamed on his foreskin, you know that don't you? Just let it slide...they're ignorant of what being intact really means.

Boys don't generally get UTI's, but they can catch all manner of nasty stuff in the hospital, so he may have acquired it at birth, or even during your present stay. Did they catheterize him at all while you have been there?

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