sick baby



I feel like I'm always blogging about Johanna being sick but there's so much to learn about babies and being sick. Truth be told, she’s only been sick a handful of times but I've learned so much about her and what to do or what not to do when she's sick. The job never gets easier because I always feel so terrible for her! I'd literally like to just take all her sickness away and give it to myself. I'm sure every Mama feels the same way. You could never understand that feeling until your sick baby is snuggled up on your staring at you helplessly. Okay, I'm being a bit dramatic but that's how it seems.

Last week Johanna woke up with a runny nose and runny eyes. Typically that's what happens when she starts teething but something was different. She seemed lethargic and just plain wiped out. We took it easy for the day and I periodically checked her gums for any of those bumps new teeth create. Well the next morning was awful. As I was getting her ready for daycare she started to scream and was just about inconsolable. I knew something other than teething was wrong so I took off work and took her into the doctors. Come to find out, she had a mild ear infection. But it didn't just stop there. The doctor prescribed amoxicillin which I was a little worried about because she had never taken antibiotics before. Of course, 20 minutes after her first dose, she broke out in hives on her back. Ugh! Just my luck, right?

I called the doctor the very next morning and they prescribed cefdinir, a different antibiotic. After the first few doses she seemed to be feeling better. After a few days, she started having extremely bad diarrhea and diaper rash. She was miserable, again! I felt horrible. I called my trusted Aunt who works in a pediatrician's office and she told me to start giving her probiotics and yogurt. Before I even had the chance to do that she started vomiting.

Naturally, I took her back to the doctors and she advised that I stop giving the antibiotics. Her pediatrician said she thinks Johanna was having a reaction from the antibiotic. No more than 12 hours after stopping the antibiotic, the diaper rash was gone and the vomiting stopped. She still had runny stool but she was on her way to being my normal baby girl again.

I was worried about the ear infection coming back without any antibiotics but her pediatrician seems to think it won't. She said that if it does she give her an antibiotic injection. I'm praying so hard that it doesn't. I would hate for her to experience that. I heard it is quite painful.

For now, Johanna is taking a daily probiotic and gerber soothe probiotic drops. This is to replace the good bacteria that the antibiotic destroyed which is why she was having diarrhea and vomiting. I knew this was a side effect of antibiotics but I didn't realize it would be that bad. The probiotics seem to have her back on track.

I know she'll eventually need antibiotics at some point in her life and I guess I'll worry about that when that day comes. In my house, when it rains, it pours!

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