Red got his first haircut this weekend, and then promptly came down with a cold. It was sudden with a high fever, and a boogery nose. The nose and fever increased until Monday morning when he woke up with a terrible amount of mucous and coughing. To the pediatrician we go.
Or, rather since Hubs had to go to work, and I had clients, Nonna was kind enough to take him. (I think she was a little bit happy that she got to take him the first time 🙂 ). She even sent me a few text pictures to share what was going on, so the little mother wouldn’t worry too much. He was very happy to see his favorite nurses and even clapped for them.
Then, he had to have a breathing treatment for the bronchiolitis that developed nearly overnight from his viral cold. He didn’t mind the mask at all. At least for the first 60 seconds.
Then, it was not so fun. Nonna had to hold him for 5 minutes until the treatment was over. The pediatrician said that babies don’t like it too much because it’s restricting, but when they cry, they draw the medicine deeper into their lungs, resulting in faster healing. Red fell asleep in Nonna’s arms after crying some medicine in.
When they got home, I was there waiting. Antibiotics for an ear infection, breathing treatments and saline for the cold. Good grief he got sick big and fast. Nonna unpacked the nebulizer for children.
The PARI Sprint Reusable Nebulizer had a few parts, but was easy as pie to put together. It even came with an activity book and stickers for decorating your machine, or putting all over the house until Mama can’t get them off the wood floor. Needless to say, we put these away for another time.
A mask, medicine holder, tube and motor/power cord. Very easy.
First you take the medicine vial and empty it into the large container attached to the tube. The purple center allows color to reflect into the medicine to see what’s there. Smart.
Close up using the macro setting on the camera.
The tube snugs in on the power unit, and has a little power on/off button.
Then, screw the lid onto the medicine container. The mask is attached to the top of this.
When turned on, the mask emits a cool clean vapor that has the medicine particles in it.
Red likes it again for the first minute.
Then, Hubs has to come and hold him down. Not so fun. 4 days after the first treatment, we’re down to 2 sessions a day, with the last being right before bed. I think it’s starting to help, but I wouldn’t be surprised if during our follow up appointment tomorrow, we’re told to continue through the weekend.
Red feels better already 🙂