by somtamfetcher (12 Posts), Mon Jul 19, 2010 10:20 pm
So the twins are having a bit of a problem. They are 6 weeks old today legal age, but -2 weeks adjusted. And they are already sick. Both of them. My daughter has a temperature of 37.2 degrees C/99 degrees F. My son is still not showing a fever but has the same difficult breathing.
My daughter came down with it first. We took her into the hospital yesterday. My son started showing the same symptoms late last night. Probably no reason to take him in because we are going to be told the same thing.
I feel so bad for them. They're breathing sounds very heavy. There is obviously a significant amount of mucus in there. The hospital gave us saline drops and a nose bulb aspirator, but the poor kids nostrils are still too small to get the end of it up there.
Any ideas from the group? Anybody else suffer a sick child early on in their care? My wife and I feel like this is our fault. Logically I know we can't completely protect them from viruses no matter what we do, but to hit this so early on is just disheartening. It is impossible not to think it is because you did something wrong. They aren't even supposed to be born yet, and here I am asking them to fight off an infection.
Advice is appreciated. Is there an alternative to those bulb aspirators that is more appropriate for premature babies?