She started in with a bit of a fever and nausea on Friday night before last. She hasn't kept down ANY formula since then. None. The kid has been living on Pedialyte, Cheerios and baby food since then. Any tiny taste of formula will send her into horrible retching all over everything, everybody, and all her clothing and blankets. Truth to tell, it's been an awful week and a half.
I thought it was the shots she got on Friday. Stupid DTaP. I don't like giving her shots, but especially with the older kids in public school I go ahead and do many of them anyway. Two years ago, there was a pertussis outbreak in the schools as well. I'm not a purist either way about it because I see both sides of the debate as being a bit manipulative. I note that some of the harshest anti-vax critics want to sell you a book or a vitamin system. Whatever. Balance in all things. Which wouldn't comfort me very much if she were permanently affected by the shots, or got a disease that I did NOT vaccinate her against... Sigh.
So she's been very sick and literally losing several pounds. Finally I have taken her back to the doctor for the second time and he is surmising that it is the iron in the formula that may be making her ill. So she is on regular milk... the regular stuff that you buy for children to put in their cereal. Hopefully she will be well now. But at nine months, it seems a little early. I like this doctor, though. He isn't nosy. He takes one look at the kid and says, looks ok, and then out the door we go. The previous "pediatrician" would ask all kinds of personal questions about car seats, how often we feed bottles and how much of what is in there, whether my homeschooled children are socialized, etc. Now we just go to a family doctor who doesn't even have a scale for Girlie. I have to weigh myself holding her, and not holding her. They do the math and take a good guess. :]
I hope she feels better soon and life can go back to normal. Do you know how hard it is to have a very ill child for that long? It's been tough. I've even drawn blanks about what to blog about, which shows that I've been severely affected. :]