What to muse about today?

January 26, 2012

It’s an ear infection.  My poor baby.  Her first ear infection.

I ended up calling the doctor today, and spoke with the nurse.  She was still out of sorts, not really eating, sleeping a lot, snotty, breathing rapidly and her fever never really responded to tylenol.  Just wanted to cuddle up close.  The nurse mentioned that it may be a good idea to bring her in, just to check that her lungs were clear, that the croup episode she had would leave her more susceptible to pneumonia and other lung issues.  Great.  One more thing to worry about.

Anyway, her lungs were ok.  Her ears were not.  According to the nurse, one ear is very bad, and the other would have been by tomorrow.  She said we would have been bringing her in tomorrow.

I felt horrible. I really wasn’t planning on bringing her to the doctor, until the suggestion that she may have breathing trouble.  I didn’t want to mess with any type of breathing trouble.   She hadn’t been exhibiting any signs of an ear infection, not really cranky or tugging on her ear, or crying when laid down.  And fevers aren’t necessarily bad in babies.  I was more inclined to give her pain relief for teeth that were taking for.ever to break through than for a fever.  Well, one that’s not too high.

So, amoxicillin.  Her first time on amoxicillin.  She didn’t really mind her first dose – I had put it in the fridge as soon as we got home.  She’s beaten the day care odds though.  Ten months old and this is her first ear infection.  Most kids have at least two or more by now.  Her sister had one by the time she was 5 months old.

I hope she feels better tomorrow.  Or at least isn’t the little furnace that she has been these past two days.