Makes you wonder how many children with hives have been diagnosed with allergic reactions over decades, only to then be treated with steroid meds.
Just wanted to add something, Andi: interestingly, parents have a while ago been advised to try the 24 hour wait-and-see approach if their child has the very first ear infection. The first infection sometimes cures itself within a day, so antibiotics can be avoided and recurrence seems to be reduced.
I agree, sometimes the wait-and-see approach works. I did read that here in the US they were recommending that for young infants you start the antibiotics, but for older babies and toddlers using the delayed approach was recommended.
I remember taking Jonathan to a baby fair when he was 2 or 3 mos old and we both developed a cold. Within a day he had an ear infection with a very high fever, we used the medicine and it cleared up. Had he been older, I would have likely waited.
its good to see that meds arent always the answer. calebs last surg (he was 8 or 9) the anesthesia did a number on him. he couldnt sleep. i mean he layed there about all night wide awake. the ENT said to use benedryl and i did. scary to read that now!
I heard about this. Pretty scary that people have been giving their children this medicine because it said on the box that they can by a certain age.
Ava has a cold that creeped up on us over night. I was thinking of giving her the prescribed decongestant that she had from last time she was stuffy. Is it OK to give it to her for a cold? I could only give her .03 last time, and that is what I was planning on giving her this go'round. Is this OK, Andi?
She is having a difficult time s u c k ing, and acts like she gets frustrated and pulls off. So I gave her cereal tonight with carrots. SIDS is stuck in the back of my mind. Do you think I should sleep with her tonight? And if I do, should I prop her up so the mucous drains? What did you do for your boys when they had colds around her age?
i wouldn't give the decongestant this time unless the doctor specifically tells you to. decongestants are not frequently prescribed to infants these days. while some doctors do for some circumstances, the fact that many don't or that they hold off as long as possible indicates that it may not be a good idea.
when DD was that age and sick, i did have her sleep right by me for peace of mind. also because she would wake often and it was easier than having to get out of bed. i did prop her up and it helped, along with a humidifier. as for SIDS, i haven't researched the statistics, but i have noticed that when you read about SIDS, it's never about babies who were sick.
I always co-slept, but if you do not that is something you have to think about. I know you said your bed is already full, so I would not bring Ava into that, but find a different place for you two.
I swear by saline drops/ Ocean Mist, a bulb syringe, and BABY vicks ( emphasize the baby vicks because it is not as harsh and very specific on how to use it). I never did the elevated thing because of the co-sleeping and fear of rolling into a pocket or the like.
Something recently discussed was the use of breastmilk as a way to help clear up sinuses and eye infections. It has to be fresh and as sterile as possible, but a drop or two up each nostril has been shown to be helpful in some babies. Take it with a grain of salt. I have done it when I haven't had the saline close by. If nothing else, it will help promote sneezing which is what the saline is supposed to do anyway.
I would also not give the rx medication. I would toss it. If she needs it again, let the doc given a new rx.
While she is awake, keep her as upright as she will allow. Maybe try a nice steamy bathroom.
OK - Thank you.
Right now the bed is empty. :(