My kids were sickly babies. Almost every month, we would visit their doctor for treatment. They were often afflicted with cough and cold, bronchitis and asthma, or primary complex or Pulmonary Tuberculosis in children. And the perpetrators were cigarette smoke, dust and other allergy-causing air pollutants. Our refrigerator would virtually turn into a big medicine cabinet for various types of liquid medicine for my kids. Their being sickly took a toll on our little savings. And I end up taking vacation leaves often to attend to my sick children. I even thought of sending my kids to a specialist who does acupuncture therapy for children to strengthen their immunity. I also resort to online research and end up reading various desktop air purifier reviews. Though I wasn’t able to buy an air purifier, the information that I’ve gathered on the Net has helped me figure out the type of purifier that I need and the brands that are available. Experts are recommending the use of air purifiers because they are 99 percent effective in trapping particulates in the air like smoke, pet dander, or pollen. The kids are no longer sickly because they have a stronger immunity or defense to sickness. I’m glad those sick days are over. 🙂
Both my kids are absent from school today because of stomach ache. They were complaining of stomach cramps even before they went to school yesterday, but they went ahead anyway. Before lunch time, the school personnel called us up to inform us that Naomi is not feeling well. Hubby fetched our daughter right away. I thought my daughter was just having a dysmenorrhea so I gave her a pain reliever. I suspect the pain was due to diarrhea and I was right. She moved about two or three times yesterday. Khalil experienced stomach ache the whole time he was at school, but he managed to finish his class until 2 p.m. So when he arrived home he sprinted to the comfort room as if someone was running after him. I gave both kids anti-diarrheal medicine at night so they will feel ok the following day. This morning, however, they still feel a little discomfort in their tummy so I did not allow them to go to school just to be safe. I still don’t know what might have caused their watery stool.
When my kids were young, I couldn’t give them anything for a simple ailment. Younger children aren’t supposed to take anything unless prescribed by a doctor. There is no immediate allergy testing for over-the-counter medicine so I don’t take any chances. Oftentimes, my kids’ pedia would prescribe anti-bacterial meds after she have seen them and the result of the stool test on my kids stool sample. Now that they are big, I can give them OTC anti-diarrheal pill just to ease the discomfort. However, I still need to call their pedia this afternoon just to be sure, she might recommend a better cure.
I’m such a neat freak when it comes to my children’s toys and clothes. I always remind the nanny (we used to have one when I was still working) to wash the clothes well and constantly clean the children’s favorite toys, the ones they often carry with them the whole day. I only wanted to ensure the safety of my kids so no one can blame me for being like that. You see my children were sickly when they were very babies. One gets sick after the other. I feel like being tormented when both of them are unwell. The most common ailments that often afflict my kids are bronchitis and asthma. Both are associated to some form of allergy. Sometimes I blame it on the pesky bedbugs hiding beneath the sheets. They often left visible bite marks on the skin of my young kids then. Although our pediatrician didn’t out rightly confirms the association of bed mites to their bronchial and asthma spells she still recommended using a bed bug mattress protector just to be on the safer side. We didn’t buy one because it will entail additional expenses, what we did and still doing until now is to regularly change bed covers and pillow cases to keep the bed bugs at bay.