Patching a sick baby

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So Olivia caught her first real fever…and they weren’t lying when they said fevers are so scary! And of course with a baby Olivia’s age, we weren’t sure if the fever was due to her teething, a bug she may have caught or a million other reasons babies may spike a fever. My husband and I were really stuck on how to handle patching her while she had this fever. It lasted for 3 days. The first day, we put Olivia in her patch and she was miserable! She slept the majority of the time, she cried for it to come off – the complete opposite of how she usually acts. I pulled out all of the stops. We had her favorite snacks, put on the movie she loves most – of course, Moana – and even stayed in my arms the entire time. But nothing would calm her. Instead of forcing her to keep the patch on while she didn’t feel good, we made the decision to take it off 30 minutes before the time was up. To be honest, we both felt really guilty we didn’t take it off sooner. After we took her patch off and realized how high her temperature got, we felt terrible for putting her through darkness just to get those patching hours in.

We are new to the world of patching. Most days, we follow the same routine. But when things happen like illness or other major life events, how do you handle patching. We decided to take that patch off early and actually didn’t patch again for 2 days. We knew by not patching we would not be working that ‘Nemo’ eye as much as we would like but the pain she was feeling from being sick paired with the stress of patching was just not worth the risk. What do other patching parents do in these situations? Please comment below and let us know how you handle patching when your baby is sick!

It’s finally happened…

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Well, it finally happened…Olivia has learned how to rip off the patch! We have been patching Olivia’s dominant eye for about 6 months now. There would be days where she would play with the patch a little bit or rub it the covered eye but she would quickly move on. Until a couple days ago. We put Olivia in the car to head to the grocery store which is about a 5 minute drive from my house. We set her up with her favorite car toy and set out on our way. The entire car ride was silent. I could see in the rear view mirror Olivia playing with her stuffed Minnie Mouse, as happy as can be, patch on! We pulled into the grocery store parking lot and as I went to take Olivia out of the car seat I quickly noticed two big blue eyes staring at me. Thats right! Not one Nemo eye, but two baby blues! I could not believe that she got that patch off without me noticing and that it only took less than 5 minutes!

Now, no where is safe! Olivia has mastered that act of ripping off the patch. If she’s in the stroller and I turn my head for 1 second – its off! I can’t help but smile at how smart and talented our little girl is. She knows she doesn’t want that patch on and she will stop at nothing to get it off – who could blame her?! So, to all those patching mommas out there – bring extra patches! Wherever you go! Patching just got a whole lot more complicated 🙂