I hate feeling like the overreacting mom who calls the advice nurse for nothing. I hate wasted copays. I hate dragging my daughter to the doctor, where she bursts into tears the second the nurse calls her name.
Know what I hate more, though? Wondering if Peeper is sicker than I’m pretty sure she is.
Peeper has had a cold since February and a cough for half that time. Lately, she sometimes coughs until she gags or cries. This crud is going around Portland, but I called her pediatrician’s nurse anyway. They scheduled a check-up, just in case.
Thankfully, Peeper’s lungs are clear and her ears are healthy. The doctor diagnosed a sinus infection, though. I’ll take that over whooping cough any day. Yes, Peeper has been vaccinated, but with childhood diseases like measles making such a comeback, I fear the same illnesses my great-grandparents did.
Anyway, we were sent home with two whole bottles of antibiotics. After lunch, it was time for Peeper’s first dose—5.5 milliliters. Now that sounds like a tiny amount, but for a child who refuses any medicine, it was like asking her to please drink the entirety of Lake Michigan.
I pretended to take some. I acted like it was a special treat. But at the first taste, she refused. “No like it,” she told me and hid behind my back.
We’ve gone through this before when Peeper spiked a fever and when she broke out in body suit of hives. We tried just squirting in medicine. We tried mixing it in favorite foods. We tried nearly every trick we’d heard. Nothing works.
So today I did something different—something that is very outside my normal.
I fed her the antibiotics one little squirt at a time—topped with a chunk of Fudgecicle.
Peeper doesn’t really eat sugar. She’s probably had a total of two cookies her whole life (despite her cousin’s constant pleading to share them with her at Christmas), and she rarely gets sweets of any kind. There are plenty of ways to feed your kid, and this is just what we’ve chosen.
That all went out the window when I considered how in the hell I’d make her swallow that syrup.
Was bribing my toddler to take medicine with a frozen chocolate pop my best parenting moment? No.
But when faced with the alternative, I decided that an untreated sinus infection was worse than a little sugar buzz.
Now we have 10 days of twice-daily doses of Fudgecicle ahead of us. And that is much better than 10 days of coughing, pain and wondering if I should be doing more.