February 20, 2018
I’ve shared most of this story on my Instagram account, but wanted to keep it here for posterity as well. And in case this happens to any of your babies in the future, you’ll know more about it!
A few weeks ago Miss Mabel started running a fever and didn’t want to lay down for her nap. I asked her if her ears hurt and she told me that they did. All signs seemed to point to an ear infection but I also wasn’t sure whether it was something she was just saying since I had prompted her with a question, or if she actually knew what she was talking about.
So off to the Dr. we went and sure enough, ear infection. The Dr. tested her and asked if her right ear hurt and she told her no and then the Dr. asked her if her left ear hurt and she said yes. And she was spot on about which ear was infected. We left with a prescription for amoxicillin and suckers for good behavior.
Fast forward to the morning after Mabel finished her 10 days of pink medicine.
The Dr. had mentioned that since she knows if her ears actually hurt, to follow up with her and check that they felt better. So I did.
I asked her that Monday morning, “Mabesy? Do your ears feel all better?” and she said “No. They hurt” I was shocked. Like, what!? So I asked her if it was one or both ears and she said both.
A few days before she had started a super runny nose, but it was completely clear. So I had no idea what was going on.
It was our CC day, so as I was getting her ready, I noticed a strange looking rash on her torso. I texted my RN mom about it and she said I should call the Dr. I did and we set up an appointment for immediately after CC ended.
By the time we got to the Dr’s office, the small rash that had just been on her torso was now creeping up her neck and onto her face. Down her arms and on her legs. And it had absolutely exploded all over her torso.
Look at this absolute sweetheart. STILL smiling through all of that.
Sure enough, she was right. Her ears DID still hurt because? It turns out Mabel is allergic to penicillin. Which is what was in her amoxicillin. So not only did it not eliminate her single ear infection, but it caused it to grow into a nasty double ear infection AND gave her a massive hives rash allergic reaction.
We left that day with ANOTHER 10 day antibiotic prescription for her ears and the instructions to give her benadryl and a daily dose of claritin as long as she is taking the antibiotic to help clear up her massive allergic reaction to the amoxicilin.
A few days later she started complaining of her feet hurting. She said it hurt to walk and she would tip toe around and ask to be carried. After she got up from her nap that afternoon her ankles were swollen and they looked discolored!!
I called the Dr. and was slightly panicked over the entire thing. Mabel had also said that her ears were still hurting, even though she had had a few doses of the new antibiotic.
Basically, she said that any swelling was a normal reaction to the penicillin allergy and the only thing to really be concerned over was if she started to have trouble breathing or acted like her throat was constricting. She said the hives could take weeks to completely go away and that it could take up to five days of the new antibiotic for her ears to start feeling better.
So, thankfully, THANKFULLY! on Saturday she finally turned a corner. The hives are still there but nothing, NOTHING like they were and when I asked her if her ears were feeling better, for the first time in weeks, she said “yes!”
Mabel’s chart has now been updated to boldly state her newfound allergy and we will make sure to keep her far, far away from any medicine that has penicillin in it!
Her Dr. mentioned that a lot of times children grow out of this allergy eventually, but from now through adolescence, we will be staying well away from it for Miss Mabel.
And yet, through it all, feeling what I can only imagine is completely and utterly miserable, Mabel has been the sweetest, most wonderful little trooper. Dutifully taking her medicine, playing, sleeping, and eating like she always does and I’m just so, so thankful that she is finally feeling better again.
We’ll go back next week to make sure that her ears are 100% cleared up and they can always check on her hives at that point as well. Poor little Mabel.
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