Check up Before Travelling

William was not scheduled to return to the pediatrician until January. However, as his nose still seemed stuffed up and he had been sneezing a bit more, we decided to take him to make sure it was not a cold or another condition that needed to be treated, especially as we were leaving for a weekend trip to Pleasanton.

In addition to the regular checks the nurse performs for the doctor, this time a blood oxygen level was added. This is usually measured around the baby’s big toe.

The toe wrap glows red as the Test is conducted.

William’s toes are so small that she had to take it off and wrap it around more of his foot. He tends to squirm during tests so it was impossible to get an accurate reading with him lying on the table.

Matt did a great job of holding him and claiming him down. He tried to get William to high five him, William used his little fist instead of an open hand.

After it was time for Dr. F to come in. Dr. v has Fridays off, so it was great for William to see Dr. F who he has in the past.

William likes the doctor’s exam even less than the tests run by the nurse. He cried throughout.

Luckily, Dr. V is great with fussy babies and was able to get him a bit calmer and complete the exam.

In the end she declared the stuffed up nose was due to its small size. She put a few saline drops in for him to help his nose mucous loosen and expel some of it. As he grows his nose will get bigger and better able to handle mucous.

~ Danielle


45 year old mother to our infant son, William, with my husband, Matt. We live in California with our mischievous cat, Inky. I love our local sports teams (Go Giants! Go Sharks!), photography, the beach, WWE, reading and now spending lots of time as a family with one kid and one cat.

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