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Baby’s First Trip to the ER

So Christmas didn’t turn out quite like I’d planned. Instead of waking up Christmas morning to a living room full of presents and a leisurely breakfast, we spent the morning in the emergency room. Liam had what we thought was a cold earlier in the week but when he began having trouble breathing first thing Christmas morning, we knew it was something more serious. A trip to the doctor was out of the question given the timing so we ran to the emergency room where after several hours, we learned Liam had RSV. While it certainly wasn’t good news, we were glad to hear it wasn’t something worse.

It was a scary day and certainly not the day we had planned but thankfully our little guy is better now and we picked up some valuable parenting lessons along the way.

Know your surroundings. We were staying with family over the holidays and not being at our own home threw off our emergency plan. We wanted to take Liam to the closest hospital but also to one with a pediatric emergency unit. Thankfully my parents were able to direct us and the hospital we went to was wonderful. From now on, I’ll try to make sure we have a contingency plan for the places we frequently travel to so we’re not scrambling in an emergency.

Trust your instincts. Even though his symptoms weren’t severe yet, Liam just wasn’t himself on Christmas Eve. I felt silly calling the doctor with nothing to report other than cold symptoms and a “feeling” that something else was wrong but in hindsight, I should have.

He’s not going to remember any of this. I was so upset about Liam’s first Christmas, a day that was supposed to be so special, being spent in the emergency room with him feeling very sick. While it is a sad memory for us, his parents, he certainly isn’t going to remember that hospital trip or be upset that he missed Christmas. In fact, he still got to enjoy all the special parts about Christmas, just not necessarily on December 25.


I hope you and your families had a far less eventful holiday than we did!

One comment

  1. Commuter Mom January 6, 2012 at 9:59 am

    Hope he’s feeling better! My daughter spent her first Christmas crying most of the day. She was about 3 weeks old and I never figured out why she was so upset. My mother, husband and I spent about hours trying to get things under control. We’d get short moments of peace and then she’d start up again – after lots of tears (from my mother, daughter and me!) she finally calmed down. The pictures of our first Christmas as a family of 3 in front of the tree are funny to look back on now – my husband looks exhausted, my eyes are red and puffy, and our daughter is sound asleep.

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