I am such a dumb a$$! I know that you aren't supposed to give honey to babies under a year, in fact DS was much older but what did I do? Gave her honey anyway, inadvertently but I did it. DD has had this nasty cold. Runny nose and some chest congestion and a cough. I have been using a humidifier in our bed room, letting her inhale from steam in the shower, diluted Eucalyptus oil on her feet, breast milk up her nose but nothing was helping her. I was in a different town (an hour from our house) because my grandmother was dying. I knew I had to do something so I went to a different natural foods/homeopathic store than my usual. I could have made a doctors appointment but I avoid doctors for the most part because I feel that they over prescribe antibiotics and that more natural things work just as well or even better in some cases. Anyways... They didn't have he stuff that I was looking for. So she suggested this other stuff for DD. She told me that the directions said its not for ages 1 and under but the manufactures have to put that on the label for malfunctioning liability. Made since to me, they do that with all kinds of stuff- I just make sure to adjust the dosage according. So here I buy this stuff-crap, whatever it is. I take it back to my grandmothers house and read the directions. I read those directions not once, not twice, not three times but at least 4. I have OCD and that is one of the things I do over and over and over again to make sure I don't miss anything. Well, look who missed some thing! I am sure the fact that my DD was not feeling well, my grandmother passing in the next room and the large crowd of people (that I don't do well) didn't help matters at all but in the end it is all my fault. I gave her this medicine for a whole week and she started to get better so I stopped giving it to her. Well this week, she started to get the congestion/cough back. So, I decided that I would give her this medicine again and continue to give it to her until she was completely better. So yesterday, I gave her all three doses and then this morning we get up and I go to get her dose for the morning. Once again, for the hundredth time, I read the bottle and right there in plain text: Not recommended for infants under a year, contains honey! Holly crap, what in the hell have I done here? I am so worried, freaked out, feeling like the worse mom in the world. Since we have the wonderful Internet I Google botulism. Yeah, that didn't help at all! Constipation is the first sign- All my children have digestive issues and are constipated on and off most of the time. Breathing difficulties- hello, she has a cold! There are a few more, more serious symptoms that I will have to look out for but do I wait for the paralysis before I completely go over the deep end? Then I read it can take up to 30 day for symptoms to appear? OMG, I will be a complete total nut case by then and sick with worry. Did I just really harm my beautiful baby girl? I know she is only 2 months from a year and her birthday isn't the magical number to poof make all allergies/risk go away but still. What should I do? Do I need to take her to the doctor and let them know what I have done to her? Just wait it out and watch her for those other horrible symptoms? Should I just keep giving her the medicine, its working- I know that sounds pretty stupid but is the damage already done if its going to be done? What different homeopathic stuff should I try? I don't know what to do, someone help me. On a positive note she is acting, eating, nursing, sleeping, peeing and pooing for her normal so she seems to be doing fine but then there is that whole 30 day thing...
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1/17/09 at 11:28am