We are pretty immune to the daycare cough, lovingly called “kennel cough” in our house. And by immune, I don’t mean that our 3.5 year old son doesn’t bring it home – it just means that we don’t knee-jerk react to it anymore. Sniffles and a runny nose and lingering cough are simply part of daycare in the winter for toddlers. If I took my son into the doctor every time he seemed to not feel 100%, we’d be broke from copay and bankrupt on sick time. So we watch his temperature and listen for any production in his cough (aka hacking up gunk from his lungs) and the color of his snot.
I hope you weren’t eating as you read this. If you were, sorry!
The runny nose started about a week ago and there was a little bit of fever, including one day that I did take off work to let him rest from preschool. My husband and I both caught it and we all three seemed to recover at the same rate. But then our son started saying “oowwww!” when he laid down and telling me his ear hurt. When I asked him which ear, he would just shrug and change his mind that it didn’t hurt. But I was still suspicious, so we ended up in a Minute Clinic the night before I left for a blogging conference.
Diagnosis? Ear infection.
It’s not that I completely missed it – after all, I had suspicions. But since I’ve never had an ear infection myself, I simply did not know what to look for. And it’s not like I could look in his ear and see the infection!
So for future reference, I decided to look up common symptoms of ear infections and easy ways to help treat the infection:
Remember that it is always best to consult your own doctor!
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