Fifth Disease (cross posted from Myspace)

My little ball of kinetic energy is sick. He has a parvovirus called Fifth Disease (also called slapped cheek syndrome). It’s got him on the couch doing a fine imitation of a slug.

Not sure where he’s picked it up, no one at daycare has been sick. He’s already past being contagious but he’s miserable with this rash on top of him eczema. My biggest concern is his total lack of appetite. The bugger barely weights 38 pounds, losing any weight at this point will send him blowing away in the wind. He’s also still getting the fevers. I have never given him more than one dose of Tylenol in a day before, now he’s on day 3 of regular Tylenol doses. You can see when the previous dose wears off. His eyes get glassy and his cheeks start blazing. I want him back to normal.

I am just tired. I think my spring allergies are starting already. Ugh, that means I am going to be a mess for a few weeks.

P.S. when I got home from work last night he was starting to be his old self. He was giggly and ate half a grilled cheese sandwich. Fingers crossed that by the end of the weekend he’ll be even more of himself.


4 Responses

  1. Since they have different active ingredients that don’t interfere with each other, you can “stack” Tylenol and Advil so that the doses overlap and he never hits the “wearing off” stage. Assuming a four hour dose cycle, start with Tylenol and then give him Advil two hours later. When the Tylenol wears off and it’s time to give him more of it, the Advil is still going strong. Two hours later, when the Advil is up for renewal, the Tylenol is still in full force. If you’re using a six hour cycle, alternate doses every three hours.

  2. Sending prayers and reiki.

  3. Poor munchkin. Is the fever rather high? I think reducing a moderate fever just drags things out longer. I think it depends on how uncomfortable they seem.

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