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10mo seems to lurch from one illness to another - normal?

(6 Posts)
snhall Sat 19-Sep-09 18:57:25

Hi, DD is my first baby so I really don't know what to expect. I know children get a lot of bugs until their immune systems are stronger, but DD seems to have been constantly ill for the last 2 months. 2 stomach bugs, 2 things that are unidentified - maybe mild ear infection, teething. She seems to constantly be out of sorts, and then in the brief periods when she's ok I remember that she's actually lovely when she's not grizzly/in pain/uncomfortable. Me and hubby are starting to suffer from the being woken several times a night again, and hubby is away for a week next week -dreading it!
Just looking for reassurance that it's normal really and does get better! Have been to doctor twice and health visitor twice as she's been off her food for a while intermittently and even started to lose a bit of weight.

missingthemountains Sat 19-Sep-09 21:19:20

hmm - My DS was a bit like this - turned out he had glue ear - hence repeated grumpiness illness

inveteratenamechanger Sat 19-Sep-09 21:21:08

Yes, DD was just like this, particularly once she started going to the CM. Dreadful! But it does get better, so hang on in there.

LadyBee Sat 19-Sep-09 22:43:39

yes, DS went to CM at 8 months and I honestly don't think I worked all my scheduled days for 4 months (thank god for an understanding manager who is a mother herself). We had colds, random stomach things, sudden temperatures. I totally remember wondering whether my lovely cheerful DS was still 'there' somewhere and then would get brief windows between illnesses and spot him again.
It got much much better after 1, especially when he started to walk. I don't know why this would help but my CM predicted that it would and she was right. Hang in there.

Oh, but also trust your instincts...if you're worried, always take to the GP. You may feel like you're wasting their time/being paranoid, but they'd much rather spend 10 minutes finding out that nothing is wrong, than discover something serious that could have been prevented with earlier treatment smile

inveteratenamechanger Sun 20-Sep-09 19:32:21

Yes, agree with what LadyBee said about taking them to the GP. There is always the chance that there is some ongoing infection which could be cleared up with antibiotics.

Good luck - it will improve.

snhall Tue 22-Sep-09 13:10:31

thanks everyone, that's really reassuring. We had a brief respite at the weekend when she was well and lovely and eating absolutely loads (and I promptly got tonsilitis - typical!) but she now has a cold and very snotty nose. I think I can deal with it as long as I know it gets better and is normal!! I will keep taking to docs as I think ness, and have made sure my thermometer works, as was worried about missing ear infections because I obv can't peer down her ears like the doc does!
Anyway, thanks for your help, fingers crossed both boss and childminder continue to be understanding!

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