A former “Bachelorette” star is navigating a difficult situation as she manages her child’s illness. This time of year, it is quite common for kids to get sick, but in this case, the situation would surely have any parent feeling quite anxious.
Here’s what you need to know:
Ali Fedotowsky Manno’s Children Have Been Sick
On November 9, Ali Fedotowsky Manno took to her Instagram stories to share the details of her household’s health. She had previously revealed she had the flu, as did both of her children, Molly and Riley. The short video she shared in her stories on Wednesday afternoon showed both kids laying on the couch with cozy blankets covering them. It looked as if Molly was awake, and perhaps watching a television show or something similarly low-key. Riley, however, was sleeping.
“Little guy is still not feeling great but doing so so so much better than he was overnight, so I’m super thankful for that. And Molly is also improving but not great,” the former “Bachelorette” wrote.
In the next slide of her Instagram stories, Manno shared a video of a follower’s puppy and the hydration drink mix she promotes. The follower tagged Manno and the Instagram page of the hydration drink Manno promotes, and teased, “When you[r] pup licks his lips to clean hydration accelerator you know it’s delish!” In a text caption, Manno shared an update on her family’s health. “I’ve felt completely awful the last 24 hours. But seeing you guys post stories like this … brings a smile to my face!” Just an hour or so after that video post, however, Manno shared a kid update that sounded pretty scary.
The Next Morning Started Out Better After an Unsettling Evening
A Wednesday evening Instagram story of the “Bachelorette” star’s read, “Earlier today I thought he was getting so much better and then his fever spiked to 108 after a nap. It was terrifying. Grateful going to bed with him tonight with his fever under control and his little hand in mine.” Manno noted it was 7:40 pm when she filmed the short video, and it showed Riley holding his mom’s hand as he slept.
Thursday morning, Manno shared some data from her Oura ring. “I was in bed for 12 ½ hours last night and slept for almost 11 ½ hours. I think my body is telling me it needs rest.” She added, “But I’m feeling a tiny bit better this morning. And the kids fevers are under control with medicine.” As the day progressed, Manno shared additional updates via her Instagram stories. In one, Riley and Molly were feeling playful, and “The Bachelorette” star admitted she was “remaining cautiously optimistic” because the prior day, Riley was without a fever much of the day, then spiked suddenly to 108.
Manno also detailed her decision-making process regarding her son’s high fever and choosing to wait it out at home. She explained she had previously asked the kids’ doctor what temperature should prompt a visit to the emergency room. Manno said the doctor explained she would recommend watching the child’s responsiveness rather than a rely on a particular number. “At the time Riley could completely respond to us,” Manno detailed of when his fever spiked.
“The Bachelorette” star added that when they discovered Riley’s high fever, they “immediately went into panic and action mode. We woke him up, gave him medicine, and put him in a luke warm bath.” When they took him out of the water, “we put him on the couch with cold towels on his head. He was crying and upset, but not unresponsive.” Manno also shared, “My gut told me I should try to get his temp down at home and if I couldn’t within 5 or 10 minutes, I was immediately going to go to the ER.” Luckily, the approach at home worked, and Riley’s temperature quickly went down. She also noted everybody’s child and illness are different, and she always relies on her doctor for advice.
At this point, Riley appears to be feeling much better. “The Bachelorette” fans will probably be closely watching Manno’s Instagram stories for further updates on the family’s recovery, especially poor Riley after that scary fever.