Experienced Parents, Please

Alden is 4 months and 1 week old. This morning his temperature was 102.2. He has a wet cough, some vomiting and diarrhea.

He’s at the doctor right now while I am at work winning the horrible mother of the year award. I’m sure the doctor will take care of everything, but in the meantime I’d love to hear that this is not as big a deal as it feels like. Or, the truth, if that’s not it.

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77 responses to this post.

  1. As long as he didn’t go to the doctor alone in a cab, you’re doing fine. If there’s something that requires the attention of both his parents or his mother in particular, you’ll be notified and you’ll go immediately.
    That is my professional opinion, as an opiniongiver.

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  2. As long as he didn’t go to the doctor alone in a cab, you’re doing fine. If there’s something that requires the attention of both his parents or his mother in particular, you’ll be notified and you’ll go immediately.
    That is my professional opinion, as an opiniongiver.

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  3. As long as he didn’t go to the doctor alone in a cab, you’re doing fine. If there’s something that requires the attention of both his parents or his mother in particular, you’ll be notified and you’ll go immediately.
    That is my professional opinion, as an opiniongiver.

    Reply

  4. As long as he didn’t go to the doctor alone in a cab, you’re doing fine. If there’s something that requires the attention of both his parents or his mother in particular, you’ll be notified and you’ll go immediately.
    That is my professional opinion, as an opiniongiver.

    Reply

  5. As long as he didn’t go to the doctor alone in a cab, you’re doing fine. If there’s something that requires the attention of both his parents or his mother in particular, you’ll be notified and you’ll go immediately.
    That is my professional opinion, as an opiniongiver.

    Reply

  6. As long as he didn’t go to the doctor alone in a cab, you’re doing fine. If there’s something that requires the attention of both his parents or his mother in particular, you’ll be notified and you’ll go immediately.
    That is my professional opinion, as an opiniongiver.

    Reply

  7. As long as he didn’t go to the doctor alone in a cab, you’re doing fine. If there’s something that requires the attention of both his parents or his mother in particular, you’ll be notified and you’ll go immediately.
    That is my professional opinion, as an opiniongiver.

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  8. Your professional opinion both as an opiniongiver and someone who knows her way around kids is much valued and appreciated.

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  9. As someone who knows her way around kids, I’d be inclined to put him in a onesie and hold him and keep him comfortable.
    I’m always happy to give my opinion, so let me know if you need more of them. They’re free to the chosen ones, you know.

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  10. A 102 in an infant absolutely needs to be at a doctor, which is where he is so you’re good. Unless you sent him off in a cab (that comment made me giggle.)
    Ignoring it and sending them off to school anyway which is what I tend to do is probably worthy of that award. Which is why my wall is full of Horrible Mother plaques and nasty emails from teachers…

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  11. A 102 in an infant absolutely needs to be at a doctor, which is where he is so you’re good. Unless you sent him off in a cab (that comment made me giggle.)
    Ignoring it and sending them off to school anyway which is what I tend to do is probably worthy of that award. Which is why my wall is full of Horrible Mother plaques and nasty emails from teachers…

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  12. A 102 in an infant absolutely needs to be at a doctor, which is where he is so you’re good. Unless you sent him off in a cab (that comment made me giggle.)
    Ignoring it and sending them off to school anyway which is what I tend to do is probably worthy of that award. Which is why my wall is full of Horrible Mother plaques and nasty emails from teachers…

    Reply

  13. A 102 in an infant absolutely needs to be at a doctor, which is where he is so you’re good. Unless you sent him off in a cab (that comment made me giggle.)
    Ignoring it and sending them off to school anyway which is what I tend to do is probably worthy of that award. Which is why my wall is full of Horrible Mother plaques and nasty emails from teachers…

    Reply

  14. A 102 in an infant absolutely needs to be at a doctor, which is where he is so you’re good. Unless you sent him off in a cab (that comment made me giggle.)
    Ignoring it and sending them off to school anyway which is what I tend to do is probably worthy of that award. Which is why my wall is full of Horrible Mother plaques and nasty emails from teachers…

    Reply

  15. A 102 in an infant absolutely needs to be at a doctor, which is where he is so you’re good. Unless you sent him off in a cab (that comment made me giggle.)
    Ignoring it and sending them off to school anyway which is what I tend to do is probably worthy of that award. Which is why my wall is full of Horrible Mother plaques and nasty emails from teachers…

    Reply

  16. A 102 in an infant absolutely needs to be at a doctor, which is where he is so you’re good. Unless you sent him off in a cab (that comment made me giggle.)
    Ignoring it and sending them off to school anyway which is what I tend to do is probably worthy of that award. Which is why my wall is full of Horrible Mother plaques and nasty emails from teachers…

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  17. Then again, the cabbie could at least carry him in to the doc. I’d be more worried if she just gave the kid a subway token and pointed him toward the A train.

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  18. Once he’s old enough to walk, she can pin a fifty to his jacket and point him in the right direction.

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  19. That’s not even a terrifying fever. No worries. He probably has a virus, and he’ll get poked and prodded and sent home.

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  20. That’s not even a terrifying fever. No worries. He probably has a virus, and he’ll get poked and prodded and sent home.

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    • Not to downplay it, because since it is his first fever it probably is very scary for you, which is normal. I just mean that while that is a very high fever in an adult or a baby under 6 weeks, it’s not unusual for a baby his age.

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    • Not to downplay it, because since it is his first fever it probably is very scary for you, which is normal. I just mean that while that is a very high fever in an adult or a baby under 6 weeks, it’s not unusual for a baby his age.

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    • Not to downplay it, because since it is his first fever it probably is very scary for you, which is normal. I just mean that while that is a very high fever in an adult or a baby under 6 weeks, it’s not unusual for a baby his age.

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    • Not to downplay it, because since it is his first fever it probably is very scary for you, which is normal. I just mean that while that is a very high fever in an adult or a baby under 6 weeks, it’s not unusual for a baby his age.

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    • Not to downplay it, because since it is his first fever it probably is very scary for you, which is normal. I just mean that while that is a very high fever in an adult or a baby under 6 weeks, it’s not unusual for a baby his age.

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    • Not to downplay it, because since it is his first fever it probably is very scary for you, which is normal. I just mean that while that is a very high fever in an adult or a baby under 6 weeks, it’s not unusual for a baby his age.

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  21. That’s not even a terrifying fever. No worries. He probably has a virus, and he’ll get poked and prodded and sent home.

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  22. That’s not even a terrifying fever. No worries. He probably has a virus, and he’ll get poked and prodded and sent home.

    Reply

  23. That’s not even a terrifying fever. No worries. He probably has a virus, and he’ll get poked and prodded and sent home.

    Reply

  24. That’s not even a terrifying fever. No worries. He probably has a virus, and he’ll get poked and prodded and sent home.

    Reply

  25. That’s not even a terrifying fever. No worries. He probably has a virus, and he’ll get poked and prodded and sent home.

    Reply

  26. Not to downplay it, because since it is his first fever it probably is very scary for you, which is normal. I just mean that while that is a very high fever in an adult or a baby under 6 weeks, it’s not unusual for a baby his age.

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  27. 102 isn’t an awful fever for a baby – they tend to run high. That said, it still sucks.
    We’re all getting through the stomach virus around here – and my MIL – who visited this weekend just called from her vacation in FL. Guess what she has?
    I hope Alden is feeling better soon.

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  28. 102 isn’t an awful fever for a baby – they tend to run high. That said, it still sucks.
    We’re all getting through the stomach virus around here – and my MIL – who visited this weekend just called from her vacation in FL. Guess what she has?
    I hope Alden is feeling better soon.

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  29. 102 isn’t an awful fever for a baby – they tend to run high. That said, it still sucks.
    We’re all getting through the stomach virus around here – and my MIL – who visited this weekend just called from her vacation in FL. Guess what she has?
    I hope Alden is feeling better soon.

    Reply

  30. 102 isn’t an awful fever for a baby – they tend to run high. That said, it still sucks.
    We’re all getting through the stomach virus around here – and my MIL – who visited this weekend just called from her vacation in FL. Guess what she has?
    I hope Alden is feeling better soon.

    Reply

  31. 102 isn’t an awful fever for a baby – they tend to run high. That said, it still sucks.
    We’re all getting through the stomach virus around here – and my MIL – who visited this weekend just called from her vacation in FL. Guess what she has?
    I hope Alden is feeling better soon.

    Reply

  32. 102 isn’t an awful fever for a baby – they tend to run high. That said, it still sucks.
    We’re all getting through the stomach virus around here – and my MIL – who visited this weekend just called from her vacation in FL. Guess what she has?
    I hope Alden is feeling better soon.

    Reply

  33. 102 isn’t an awful fever for a baby – they tend to run high. That said, it still sucks.
    We’re all getting through the stomach virus around here – and my MIL – who visited this weekend just called from her vacation in FL. Guess what she has?
    I hope Alden is feeling better soon.

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  34. I’m making a list!

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  35. I know it’s true. But it always makes me feel better to hear it from experienced baby owners. So thank you.

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