Originally Posted by momofmine
I would be seeking out an alternative health car practitioner who could advise me on what to do to heal his gut, though it sounds like he is improving on his own anyway, even though you stopped the probiotics. Did you look into doing the SCD for a few weeks? That's only my opinion, and what I would be doing, not trying to find a different doctor who would give me antibiotics again..
I remember looking several times for an alternative health provider and havent found any in my area. I will try to look again soon. It is a good idea. I would LOVE to have one for his permanent dr, but they are scarce in my area.
Today for the first time, his bowel movement sounded less like passing water, and more like poo plopping into the toilet! When I looked later, I could see a very loosely somewhat formed poo floating in the toilet!! AND he only went ONCE today so far (in the last 12 hrs!!) woo-hoo!! I am no longer concerned about C Diff - I am confident the specialist at the big childrens hospital was correct on this (I am thinking the dr didnt want to goof up again and prescribe another unnecessary antibiotic - the one on call this weekend was the 1st one who originally prescribed it for him) otherwise he's been seen by the 2nd dr ever since.
I might get a completely 2nd opinion on all this (especially his rash) at a completely different practice in another area anyway, if I can get seen within a few days that is (while he still has the rash) - I called the ped (the dr on call was the 1st dr- who I didn't like the fact that she put him on unnecessary antibiotics in the first place) and told her about the rash (I didnt mention "serum sickness" cause I wasnt real sure and I didnt want to be playing doctor myself over the phone) and her first thought was a "heat rash." I wasn't real happy with this answer- I had told her it was more prominent upon waking up and during bath. Then I said he's never had one before and he's had lots of warm baths and we keep the house cool (she mentioned the heat is up this time of year) I reminded her of the fever he had on Thursday and the spots started the next day. She thought maybe it was a virus he picked up, and that they can sometimes cause a rash for a few days following a fever.
She asked me whether I changed his detergent (no - I use all natural kind, I forget the name offhand, its purchased online and is white powder in a box), wore new clothes on him without washing them first (no) etc.
She asked if the spots were itchy and I said I didn't think they were, that I only saw him scratching it once, I think. (his belly) ... but otherwise, he's still playing and appears happy, etc. It doesnt seem to bother him. She said if it gets worse I can have him seen in a day or two, etc..
I'm definitely going to be calling in the morning (mon) to be seen, as I want this seen in person, and not through a phone description. I asked her whether she thought it had anything to do with his diarrhea, the c. diff, or the anitibiotic, and she said "no" !!!
I was speechless... (not the answer I expected) --I said I would try to get him seen in a day or two, as she suggested.
I am suprised she didnt consider the possibility of a reaction to his medicine. I didnt want to go into detail of the "serum sickness" possibility over the phone, but I'm hoping to get an appt with the 2nd dr tomorrow, and see what SHE thinks, and then I will mention that I think this could be a delayed allergic reaction to his medicine, and see what they think? Online it did say the symptoms could be mild (which I think he has a rather mild case of it) or severe (with huge purple hives etc)
I'm just afraid he could be allergic to penicillin based antibiotics and want it documented as such (IF that is true) to avoid worse scenerios in the future god forbid he would ever have a real NEED for abx when he gets older. Only I'm not sure how to prove the "allergy" is real, or even IF there is a test for that or not (more questions for the dr) - - - I will be asking lots of questions tomorrow and may even see another dr for a 2nd opinion too (from aNOTHER practice) about all of this. I definitely don't plan on seeking MORE antibiotics from another dr if he doens't need them (and seeing as his diarrhea is improving, I believe he does NOT need to be treated for c diff, and that he does NOT have the manifestations of c diff disease even though he tested positive - I think they were right on that)
I printed out all about the link (diet) you sent me but havent had time to make anything from it yet... luckily he was eager to eat a rice/chicken casserole my husband made (even though it contained one bad ingredient - dairy - in the form of cheese) and today his appetite is returning somewhat, and he ate oatmeal, and the casserole (and yesterday he had the rice casserole too) and I think this really helped him.. I gave him a little florastor today, not a lot, maybe 1/3 of capsule. A spoonful or two of yogurt. I will continue with smaller quantities of the florastor until he is back to normal again.
I just need to find out WHAT this rash is, and whether it is in fact related to his antibiotic, or was merely a cooincidence. I took some photos of it, not sure how they came out yet, but I will try to do another bath and get more pictures tonight. I'm afraid the rash will disappear before he's able to be seen. Today is the 3rd day of the rash. The spots come and go but when they "go" they are actually there still but you can hardly see them and have to look close to find them. When they are more prominent, then you can feel them raised above the skin, with your fingers, and they are darker pink/red and much easier to see ---- all over his face, arms, belly, legs, feet, etc.
It began in his torso area (chest/belly) on friday morning. Spread down to his legs, and over his whole body. I thought I saw him rubbing his face often but I thought that's cause he was tired. Now Im wondering if it could actually be slightly itchy after all. So Im trying to watch him. Today I saw him scratch his neck, but only once. (But does a 16 month old really "scratch?" he hasnt really learned this yet lol)