Toddlers love to eat adult foods like soda, iced tea and artificial fruit juices. I am guilty of letting my two-year old boy indulge in these kind of foods.I should have been stern when it comes to disciplining my toddler on what foods to eat and what foods to avoid.
Last Tuesday night, Adi kept on throwing up. It was accompanied by a vegetable-green bowel. We gave him Gatorade (another no-no for toddlers) to replenish the lost fluid but he kept on throwing up. It was past 10PM when we decided to bring him to the hospital.
At the hospital, there was no pediatrician on duty so we contented ourselved on the service of a general practitioner. She said that Adi needs to be confined. We asked for a private room with aircon but there was no available so while waiting (for a private room), we took the children’s ward section. The nurse put dextrose on Adi with my husband’s assistance. Adi was crying and shouting all the time. It was his first taste of hospitalization.
After 20 minutes, Adi removed the dextrose and blood was all over his bedsheet. I was shocked to see how much blood was coming out of his hand, thanks to our roommate for providing assistance. The nurse, obviously disappointed, asked me if I would like her to reinsert the dextrose on Adi. Being a mother, it was painful for me to see my child suffering and being traumatized at a young age so I asked the nurse if she could contact Adi’s pediatrician to consult the situation. I told the nurse that with or without the pedia’s instruction, I would delay the reinsertion of the dextrose until Adi is emotionally ready. I signed a waiver on that.
Adi was fussy the whole night. When the pedia saw him the next morning, she immediately ordered for a reinsertion (dextrose). But the pedia had a better way of handling toddlers so she asked the nurse to put diaper around Adi’s hand. Adi was crying and shouting again. The nurse gave him medicine through IV. Adi fell asleep after that.
In the afternoon, Adi was transferred to a private room. I noticed the difference in treatment of some hospital staff after the transfer. Would it really matter if the patient is confined in a ward or in a private facility? Maybe.
Adi’s recovery was fast and expected. Modern medicine made the way for better and faster healing. His pedia, Dr. Anna Cruz, is a good one. So from then on, we have to watch on what Adi is eating. Urinary tract infection may lead to kidney infection when left untreated.