My poor DS has been waking up writhing and crying in his crib complaining of his butt being itchy for over a week now. Of course the first thing I thought of after doing a search on this forum was pinworms. In fact, I even thought I say white things on his anus, called his doctor over the weekend, and ended up giving him a dose of mebendazole (vermox) at her request and because I was freaking out. I really didn't want to blindly give it to him, but he was so miserable, and his doc's office was closed, and the ER said they would just send us out to a lab anyway. Since it was a Saturday, we would have had to wait 2 days. He was miserable.
Fast forward a week later, he is STILL complaining and waking up crying every morning, I took him to his pedi yesterday, who did an anal strep swab test, but we aren't going to get those results back until Monday. (It's Friday)
I am so nervous. Anyone have any idea what I could be dealing with? The doc said it didn't look like a yeast or fungal infection, but I have been treating it with zinc oxide daily, so it could just not look as bad because of that.
Is there anything I can do to help him stop itching?
One thing I did notice, and I have no idea if this has anything to do with this current problem, but he had what kind of looked like athletes foot on the crease of his penis a week prior to the itchy bum. It went away after a few days, and didn't think much of it. ANd also, when his bum first started to itch, he got about 7 pimples on his butt cheeks. They too are gone now. But itchy anus is still there. He has also had a runny nose and cough for the past week too.
What does this sound like, and what can I do to stop the itch?