Nothing is worse as a parent than having to deal with your children being sick. It’s even worse when they have to be hospitalized for any time. I have had to deal with this twice. The first time was when my now 7-year-old was just under a month old. He contracted RSV and ended up in the hospital for 4 days, it was pretty scary for me as he was so tiny and there was nothing I could have done to prevent it and RSV has no real treatment except for a hospital stay in an isolated room, as it’s very contagious, and inhaled steroids and medication that a child would get if they were asthmatic. The second time was with my youngest little guy who at 2 months came down with an infection that caused a fever I couldn’t control. We were in the hospital for 6 days and he had a spinal tap (which scared the life out of me) and ended up being diagnosed with a UTI and bacterial meningitis. By far the scariest and worst few days of my life as a mom. It all worked out for us in the end and I couldn’t be more grateful for the wonderful nurses and doctors in the pediatric unit.
My friend Ashley from Tales of Mommyhood has a really great post that she said I could share with all of you with some great ways you can help when a child is hospitalized.