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#1 of 5 Old 01-24-2007, 11:13 AM - Thread Starter
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Saturday night, when Karl was a little over 48 hours old, he suddenly started crying in a disturbing way and refusing to nurse. After a couple of hours, it occurred to us that he might have a fever, and found that he had a temperature of 101.4. My pediatrician's after-hours help line told us to go to the emergency room, so back to the hospital we went.

By midnight he had stopped crying, started nursing, and his fever was coming down, so I was starting to feel a little foolish about having taken him to the hospital -- especially since they were about to perform a lumbar puncture on the poor little guy to check for meningitis.

It turned out that he had viral meningitis, and we spent a couple of days in the hospital. Score one for mother's intuition -- and for breastfeeding, since it was his refusal to nurse that really convinced me there was a problem.

Anyway, we're back home again, and all is well. The doctors say that from this point foward, he's just like any other healthy newborn. Yay!

Sonja , 40, married to DH (42) since 5-29-93, DD born 11-3-2004, DS born 1-18-2007.
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I'm glad you followed your intuition and that Karl is feeling better!
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So glad everything turned out well. Lots of hugs to you and your family. Having to take your baby to the hospital can be pretty scary especially when they are so little.
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Oh my goodness! Glad it all turned out OK. It's good to respect and listen to that mother's intuition!
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I am sooooooo glad you caught that early! Love and healing vibes to Karl!
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