Tuesday, December 23, 2008

1st Ear Infection

We've been pretty lucky so far with Izabel. She got sick with a UTI when she was 2 months old but other than that she has only really had a couple runny noses until now! Thursday night I noticed she was running a fever but she is cutting her molars so I figured it was just from that. Then Friday my mom called and said Izzy was sick. She still had a fever and she just wasn't herself. Her temp that night was 103.8. I called the dr because I thought that was a little high and they said just to focus on keeping her hydrated and switch to Mortin to try and bring the temp down. Saturday morning her temp was better and she seemed fine so we didn't go to the dr. Saturday night her temp was up to 104.2. We called the dr again and they said to take her to urgent care to see if she needed an antibiotic or iv fluids. We took her to Patient First and they really didn't know what they were doing where infants are concerned. They took her temp under the arm and said it was like 100 when I knew it was higher and then they said she weighed 16 lbs which would mean she lost over 4 lbs since her 12 month check up! They did pretty well taking her blood and it came back with a high white blood cell count so they knew it was something bacterial. They prescribed an antibiotic and we were done. Sunday she seemed much better and Mimi and Papa were here so she had fun playing with them and opening some Christmas presents (those pics will be in the next post!) Then Monday morning I could tell she didn't feel good. She was really fussy and she kept pulling on her ear so we went to see Dr Scott. He said she did have an ear infection in her right ear and he prescribed a much higher dosage of antibiotic. He said the amount they gave her at Patient First was lower than he would give a newborn! So she's been on the right dose for a while now and seems to be doing a little better although neither one of us got any sleep last night! I guess it could be worse since we made it over 14 months before we had to deal with this!!!


Anonymous said...

for an ear infection, i would recommend you to check out the eardoc. it is not invasive and it treats the problem rather than the symptom.
it helped me, i hope it would help you..

jkear said...

You might try and EarCheck (www.earcheck.com) to assist in diagnosing and monitoring an ear infection. It is a great little tool; I used it last night and it works. If confirmed an ear infection so I gave her some Tylenol to sleep and then went to the doc this morning who confirmed it. No more unnecessary trips and co-pays. It is great peace of mind!