Ok, I made that up. There’s no such thing as a “Turkey Baster Hydration System” (just in case you needed clarification). At least, there wasn’t such a thing. I figured, since the weather is getting colder by the day and we are heading into cold and flu season, this was the perfect time to share my tale of resourcefulness when battling questionable toddler hydration. Hey, it might help! And if not? You’ll get a good laugh at the first-time mom.
A couple of months ago, my daughter was pretty sick. Nothing completely life threatening. But, sick enough to have me worried. You know the scenario, moms and dads. The kind of sick where you aren’t sure if a trip to the Dr. is warranted, but you know for sure things aren’t right and could get serious fast. Let me add that this little situation occurred on a Friday morning. Because, it’s apparently in the toddler handbook to be sick when the doctor’s offices are about to be closed for 2 days.
I decided to call the advice nurse (which is free. Until they wise up). The advice nurse and I chatted for about 45 minutes. Ultimately, the nurse decided that a trip to the doc wasn’t needed….yet. Her fever was hovering at about 101˚ with meds and 102.5˚ without. The fever that came out of no-where mind you. She was perfectly normal the night before. I was advised, that if her fever doesn’t get much higher, and can be controlled, and as long as she was drinking and outputting, the whole thing should resolve it’s self.
And I thought,
“awesome! now I can go to work!” ” at least I don’t have to use a sick day sitting in a doctors office for nothing”
She happened to have a sippy of milk in her hand and had eaten a morning snack. We had changed a couple diapers by then and everything was a.o.k. in that department. So I figured it would be smooth sailing and off I went to work while daddy stayed home with her.
Things were great until the afternoon. Apparently, she had decided to stop drinking and hadn’t had a wet diaper in a couple of hours. I was informed of this right when I got home from work…you know…after the doctor’s office was closed for the weekend.
What do we do? I paced around and tried to think of the best way to handle it. Freak out and jump in the car and burn rubber to the nearest ER? I mean, her fever was still there, but it wasn’t life threatening. She hadn’t had anything to drink, but it had only been a few hours. Same with the diaper. I had that feeling like, if I showed up at the ER, they would just send us away, while laughing at our obvious panic. That plan had “first-time mom” written all over it. I needed to try everything. Every last option before going that route.
But how do you make a tot drink when they won’t do it? Fancy sippy cup? Nope. Didn’t work. Mommy’s “big girl” cup? Nah. Boring. Water bottle (that usually is her fave!). Nope. Not havin’ it. Beg? Plead? Bribe? None of those things worked. Not one. So I searched through the kitchen to see if I missed anything. That’s when I saw……the turkey baster.
And a wave of fleeting genius came over me. I grabbed a cup, filled it with water and snagged the turkey baster. We put on some cartoons, to keep her sitting still and distracted. Sat down, and tested out the Turkey Baster Hydration System or T.B.H.S. Guess what…..
It worked. It worked really well! We actually got her to drink with that silly thing! I couldn’t believe it. She was so excited over the turkey baster, she drank about 3 ounces worth of water in 10 minutes. And drank another 4 ounces over the next 45 minutes. Not a ton, but it’s a start! After a couple of glasses with the turkey baster, she went back to drinking on her own. And, finally……a wet diaper. Also, once she had some pretty regular amounts of fluid in her, the fever came down a bit and eventually broke over night. The next morning, she was still sick, but had a much lower fever and no more hydration issues. Thank goodness!
So there you have it. I hydrated my kid with a turkey baster. Give it a shot next time you have a sick toddler refusing to drink. If it works, you might just get to pass on the ER visit! Now, it’s your turn. What are some of the silliest, or craziest, or wackiest things you’ve done to mend your ailing child? You never know what tricks may help the next resourceful mom!