On Saturday morning, Nolan woke up with a big sore on his tongue. He was crying right when we woke up which isn't like him. We weren't sure what it was so decided to take him for a sick visit. The doctor said it wasn't hand foot and mouth but that it was stomatitis which is basically a doctor term for a canker sore.
The next few days were difficult for him and for us. Because of the pain, Nolan wasn't able to eat or drink well. He would try but then he would cry and cry. It was sad to see him in pain. We tried to keep him distracted but it was tough.
He was up much of the night on Saturday and Sunday. On Monday, Jeremy took a PTO day to stay home and help. We started to worry a bit when we were having a hard time getting fluids in him. Fortunately we were able to get him to drink. He's been on a liquid diet all week but is starting to improve.
This was our first time dealing with a toddler that was in pain and he exhibited behaviors we had never seen from him before. The meltdowns were a lot and it often took both of us to give him medicine. He watched a lot of TV this week but if that kept him comfortable and distracted it worked.
Capri sun juice boxes and the tiny straw seemed to be the one drink he wanted. I put some pedialyte in them instead sometimes so he could get some energy back. He would eat a little jello and ice cream but popsicles, milkshakes, smoothies, or yogurt didn't work. It was a lot of trial and error keeping him hydrated.
On Wednesday, he started to turn a corner, and I think we are through the worst of it. Like anything new in parenting, this was a learning experience for us.