A few days ago Annalie woke up with a little cough. See seemed a little under the weather and later in the day was running a fever, but it didn’t seem too serious until we put her to bed. She went to sleep just fine, but woke up later wheezing and struggling to breathe. I tried having her breathe in the cold air from the freezer, since cold air can help clear lungs, but when that didn’t help, I called the nurses line that our insurance provides and at her recommendation, took Annalie in to an after hours pediatric clinic.
When we got there, they took her stats, ran some tests on her oxygen levels, took cultures from her mouth and nose, and did a chest x-ray. They concluded that she had bronchitis. This was the first time Annalie had come down with this. My poor little girl.
Now I’ll admit I’m a bit of a hippie, especially when it comes treating illness for myself or my kids. If any of us are suffering from a sickness or ailment, I will always try natural remedies first before jumping to over-the-counter drugs or prescriptions. For example, if one of my kids is running a fever, I generally do not give them anything for it, unless it is 102 degrees or higher. Having a fever is the body’s natural way of fighting off an infection and when you take down that fever with Tylenol or Motrin, you’re taking away your body’s ability to naturally defend itself. For sore throats, I use hot water, apple cider vinegar and lemon. And for pretty much anything skin related, my go to remedy is breastmilk. I’ve even used breastmilk to treat my own eye infection (a couple of drops in the eyes a few times throughout the day and it was gone overnight). I really feel like people in general are often overmedicated, so I take my own approach to treating illness with my family.
When we got home, Annalie slept very well the rest of the night and woke up acting her usual self. She was running, jumping, eating, drinking and being silly. Other than a cough, you would have never known she was sick. I had to bribe her with juice and television to get her to rest every so often. So, we went ahead and filled the prescriptions, but I decided to take my wait and see approach with starting her on them. Now, if she had been lethargic, running a fever, laying around and not being herself, I would have started her on them right away. But because she was running around and being her happy self, I decided to hold off for a day or two and see how she was doing. I did keep her on the breathing treatments every 3 hours because of her cough, but held off on the antibiotics and the steriod.