The case of the crying sick baby


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Our dear Oliver just developed high fever yesterday evening. It peaked 39.2 degrees Celsius at 5:30 A.M. this morning. Brought him to a GP and he saw that Oliver’s throat was red. But as evening came, his temperature has constantly been above 39 degree Celsius.

We decided to cover him with a cool wet cloth to bring his temperature down as the Panadol didn’t seem to be working on him.

The result was that he cried for the next 3 hours. He cried from 5pm until 8pm. poor baby 😦

At first he cried because he couldn’t withstand the pain on his skin when the wet cloth touched him.

After 20 minutes, we stopped, dressed him up. He still kept crying. The reason was that he had been crying so hard, he had sucked in a lot of air. And now it is making him feel VERY uncomfortable. It went on for another 2 and a half hours. How my heart ached for him.

Amidst all the crying and helplessness that I felt, I was very proud of our dear Edward who did not fuss or seek attention any way at all. He dealt with the situation like an adult! He tried his best to entertain himself. No demanding mummy or daddy to do this or that for him. I can’t ask for a more understanding brother for Oliver!

Oliver was only able to relax and fall asleep after burping so very loudly for about 20 times… Not in a row of course. But it just showed us how much air he can suck I while crying.

This is new to us. It was emotionally difficult for us to see our son crying inconsolably.

So one lesson learnt today is that apart from the discomfort high fever brings to a baby, they might be having other problems you might not think of, in this case, the wind in oliver’s tummy.

I am so thankful that he is now asleep. He did wake up 3-4 times just to burp, within the past 1.5 hours. Yep, there is still wind inside him.

Let’s keep our fingers crossed for a good night tonight.


About Lili

Lili is a wife and a mum to 3 boys. Follow her parenting journey at where she writes about family happiness and how to stay connected to our spouse and kids. Additionally, she's passionate in helping kids achieve financial literacy at
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