How Do Kids Do It?

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a3See Kora’s smiling, happy face up there? It wasn’t so smiley or happy the other night at midnight. She had a slight cough before she went to bed but it was nothing to even be concerned about. I gave her a few extra pillows and turned up her humidifier. I figured she’d be in for a bit of congestion this weekend, maybe a little cold.

I was wrong.

I had been in bed for a while and Dave had just come to bed when she started calling. Since Dave was still awake he went to check on her. I dozed off figuring he’d give her some cough medicine and take her temperature and was surprised when a few minutes later he was calling me.

I went into the living room and poor Kora looked horrible. Her eyes were glassy and watery. She was shivering and shaking. She couldn’t even talk. Not even a little bit and her breathing was awful.

Dave had wrapped her up in a blanket and said he called me because he was concerned because of her shaking. I took her temperature and it was 102.6. I got her some children’s Tylenol and her winter hat and bundled her up.

We spent about 5 minutes trying to figure out why she was breathing like Darth Vader and became more and more concerned as the time passed. I took her temperature every two or three minutes and asked her to try breathing through her mouth. I couldn’t believe she sounded so bad and her mouth was closed. It wasn’t typical nasal congestion.  At this point between her shaking, her breathing, and her fever, we decided it was time to take her to the emergency room.

Since we were in the middle of 3 day crazy snow storm, Dave went outside to clean off and move our truck. He also cleaned off and started the car to warm it up. It took him much longer than usual to get ready to go because of the snow and extreme cold but it turned out to be a good thing.

All of a sudden Kora stopped breathing so funny and stopped shaking. She still didn’t look very good but I was happy to see these symptoms lessen and practically disappear.

We gave her another couple of minutes and took her temperature and sure enough it came down to 99.1 and within a few minutes of that she was taking off her hat and coming out from under the blankets saying she was really hot. I took her temp again and it was down to 98.5.

She started acting like her normal self, could talk, and was even laughing a bit. Amazed, we decided not to take her to the ER and Dave ran out and turned off the car. I sat with her another 30 minutes to make sure she was ok and then put her to bed.

I fully expected her to feel pretty rough in the morning and thought we’d have a long weekend under a comforter on the couch watching movies.

To my surprise, she didn’t wake up again the rest of the night and at 9 am she was nearly her normal self! She barely had a cough and no fever at all. She was laughing, smiling, and playing. You’d never know we nearly had her in the emergency room just a few hours before.

How do kids do it? If I was that sick I’d be in bed for 3 days.

Kora & Logan always seem to bounce back from colds pretty easily and they can have a fever and we’d never know it with the amount of running around, tumbling, and dancing they do.

Kora wasn’t there the other night and that’s why I was so worried. I was happy to see her feeling better during the day however the worry returned a bit last night when around 5 pm she started running a fever, her cough picked back up, and she was teary again. I made sure she had her medicine but was a bit concerned.

If she’s has a fever or bad cough of any kind today we’ll be taking her in to the urgent care clinic but I’m keeping my fingers crossed that she’s better today.

What about you? Are you ever surprised at how quickly kids can rebound from a cold or play while having a fever? How do they do it do you think and when does it change so it’s harder to get over a cold or fever as an adult?

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  1. Kids are so resilient!

  2. My daughter doesn’t rebound this quickly at all! When she gets hit with a cold or fever it seems as though she is down for the count for a long time. :(

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  6. ellen beck says:

    Kids are amazing- you see them fall face first into something, and after 5 minutes of tears (if their friends arent watching) they are up and running again Same with colds or most other things that lay adultts out flat!

  7. I think it’s a mental thing. As adults we have the expectation that if we’re that sick we will be in bed for days and kind of will ourselves to be sick to match our expectations. Kids don’t have that yet. They don’t know they’re supposed to be sick that long so they aren’t

  8. What the heck? That is crazy….but crazy good. It had to be very scary when it was happening.

    I have been surprised how children can play when they are ill. Just like you said, if it were me, I think I’d be taking it easy.

    Glad Kora is well.

  9. I have always been amazed at how quickly kids recover from any kind of sickness! They sure are tough little people! Glad to hear Kora bounced right back to feeling better!

  10. I get so scared when the kids go through bouts of sickness, happy to hear a.ll worked out

  11. I think kids listen to their bodies better than adults do. We feel sick and we say “Oh, I can’t stop right now, I have to work, and run errands, and make dinner. I’ll go to the doctor next week.” Kids feel sick and they say, “Huh, I feel sick. Better ask Mom for some medicine and then go to bed.”

  12. I have no idea how they do it! The older we get, the harder it seems to be.

  13. I am always surprised how quickly my child recovers from sickness.

  14. Wow, that’s crazy! I’m not sure which would be better, to suffer for three days with ‘normal’ symptoms, or to get it all out of the way in a few hours like that. Glad she’s feeling better!

  15. Yeah that’s happened to us too, one moment they are perfectly fine then the next sick to the point you’re worried sick and then back to fine again the way kids handle it is pretty amazing.

  16. Katharina says:

    Wow, that’s amazing how fast she started feeling better, but how frightening it must have been for you that night! :-( My daughter just got over a cold a lot faster than she ever has before… if only we’d all be so lucky! Katharina

  17. It’s amazing how children can bounce right back! Sometimes I feel like I get the same virus as my grandson, but he’s back to normal after a few days and I don’t get back to normal until a few weeks!

  18. Crystal Warren says:

    I don’t think we give the body enough credit sometimes when it comes to it’s ability to fight off whatever virus or bacteria is trying to invade it…what happen to your daughter is a textbook case of that. I try my best not to take my kids to doctor or to give them antibiotics unless it’s absolutely necessary (that way when the body needs it the antiboitics actually work!)

  19. I don’t know how they do it. Wish I could bottle it up and take some when I get sick.

  20. My kids seem to bounce back quickly. Sick as dogs one day and ready to go the next.

  21. saminder gumer says:

    maybe it was because it was christmas and she willed herself to get better. who knows. they recover a lot faster than me.

  22. Rich Hicks says:

    So sorry that she got sick but happy she recovered so quickly. Kids are young and resilient ….us older folks take a little longer to get over similar bugs. SOunds like she might have got a 24 hr virus and her immune system kicked into high gear!

  23. Thomas Murphy says:

    I think when we are young we are carefree and we dont let as many things get to us

  24. Joni Mason says:

    Last week my son and daughter-in-law took my 2 year old grandson to the ER with a high temp. He looked awful, poor little thing just wanted to lay on Mommy. The Dr at the ER took a nasal swab to test for the flu and it cam e back positive.They told them to be ready for 5-8 days of high temps and him feeling lousy. The next day he started feeling better and by that evening he was running around like he’s never been sick! we called him “Super Kid!”

  25. Kids are amazing at bouncing back. I just got over one heck of a cold with similar symptoms to Kora that had me out for almost a week and a half. Glad she’s feeling better!

  26. Oh yes.. it’s crazy how they bounce back! My husband is definitely the worst when he’s sick and even I can’t bounce back like my kids!

  27. Elisabeth says:

    I think once we have a job and major responsibilities it changes. ;)

  28. Jennifer Marie says:

    My son had a fever of 104 last year. Within probably a day or so he was acting pretty normal. A few years ago I had a fever of 103. I didn’t feel right for about a week! Kids are much more resiliant than adults!! :)

  29. Susan Smith says:

    Yes, I am amazed how quickly kids bounce. I think it helps that they don’t have a lot of stressers like adults do. They can just rest, when I’m sick I still need to take care of my house and children so I don’t get as much rest as I should.

  30. I can’t imagine that it was a cold or other virus — it takes time for the body to produce antibodies to attack it. Glad it was nothing serious.

  31. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    Im definitely amazed at how quickly kids bounce back. I think as adults we have so many responsibilities that when we get sick or experience something from the norm, day to day things just seem overwhelming

  32. Christopher Sorel says:

    I wish I also knew how the bounce back

  33. I am amazed at how fast kids bounce back. I think adults just have a lot harder time when we get sick. My daughter had a 103 temp one time and I was ready to run to the Er. My husband said let’s wait it out give her a cool bath and see what happens. Like Kora she was fine in about an hour. She even went to school the next day because she didn’t want to miss a test. Crazy!

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