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Old 02-07-2016, 11:33   #1
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IR gun and the Blues Kid

17 month old fella spent the last couple nights onboard. My son called 2 nights ago reporting the mild cough and sneezing had progressed to fever. 101degrees. Grandma took over.

They slept on the settee and I did my best to monitor his temp. He didn't like me using the ear thermometer while he was sleeping or even touching his face.

The next morning I ran to Home Depot and picked up and inexpensive IR gun and Motrin from the pharmacy.

I've heard the laser can damage a retina so I turn it off and check his forehead. Temps varied from normal to 101 yesterday.

The baby has been blowing a harmonica for a while. His dad and I play and he insists on blowing a harp whenever we do. He's a lot of fun at jam sessions.

I slipped in to ck on them before dawn this morning and could feel the heat coming from the soles of the boys feet. 103 degrees.

Sponge baths and a few minutes soaking in the galley sink and an hour later and the boy is dancing and singing to Ray Charles doing "What I Say" on the seat cushion.

The mamas think it's a combination teething and head cold. I just blow the harp quietly and do what I'm told.
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Old 02-07-2016, 21:31   #2
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Re: IR gun and the Blues Kid

Hey, Eric,

Nice story.

It can get scary if the temps get over 104 (F).

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Re: IR gun and the Blues Kid

Yeah, scary stuff! I like the IR thermometer for the little one, can track a fever spiking and easing pretty well. Nice to know a standard IR gun can work as well.

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Old 02-07-2016, 22:33   #4
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He had a tough day. Had an allergic reaction to the Ibuprofen so swapped to acetaminophen. Had to give antihistamine for itching and swelling.

Temp is normal now but was 103 a few hours ago. He and grandma cuddling on settee.

Resilient youngun. As soon as his fever drops he is up and looking for trouble. Had him giggling like a lunatic by letting rip a small chip clip from my whiskers and eyebrows while I howled like it hurt.

His grandma says its a male thing.
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Hey, Eric,

Nice story.

It can get scary if the temps get over 104 (F).

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Thanks Ann.

I had a nephew that use to spike high temps and go into convulsions on a regular basis when he was a toddler. We watched him like a hawk when he was feeling poorly.

Ur right. Fevers scare me with the little ones. Even if it is to be expected.
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Re: IR gun and the Blues Kid

I worked in the emergency room for a number of years. Adult temperature gets serious at 104 and above, infants are good up to 107, anything above that needs cooling down to avoid complications.
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The kid is going to sleep with his dad tonight. Fever down and he seems perky.

I get to tear down my G harp and look for cookie crumbs. A couple of reeds stuck. I wonder how that happened?
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