Diarrhea, cha cha cha
You know, people like to joke about diarrhea but it can actually be the sign of something pretty serious, especially in children. You know the song, right? I won't repeat it here but my guess is most of us have a version called to mind from when we were kids that utilizes baseball bases.
In infants and young children, diarrhea can lead to dehydration, which can land a kid in the emergency room, the one place a parent wishes to never, ever go.
My son has diarrhea out of the blue, I just found out. The daycare workers advised me when I picked him up from school this evening. Apparently it happened four times. And no one thought to call me? Well, for my part I freaked out like any new parent would and hit both the nurse hotline at my pediatrician and the internet.
Looks like we'll be heading to the local deli to pick up some pedialyte to go along with the water and formula I've given him. He does seem to have a very mild temperature, which I am watching vigilantly in case it turns into a full , he is as energetic and happy as he always is.
Frankly, I am sure he'll be fine but I am still terrified. What caused this? Is it still in my house? Will he get it again--or, will he transfer whatever is causing it to me? More than anything, I feel bad for the little guy, although he seems to be taking it well. I guess this is just one of those baby "firsts" no one likes to talk about!
Photo by Salim Virji.
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