Very long story short, this non-conventional, homeopathic-raised, never-go-to-doctor mama had her 7-week-old daughter in the hospital for about 36 hours for a UTI. The docs sent us home with a script for antibiotics to continue for two weeks. A day later, they called and said that the cultures proved that her particular strain of e coli wasn't sensitive to those antibiotics, so they prescribed another: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sulfamethoxazole
The pharmacist called us just to ensure that our doc wasn't crazy, because apparently this stuff is never given to babes under 2 months (she's 7 wks 5 days today) because it can lead to this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kernicterus
And she was jaundiced for longer than usual (3 weeks?) so a bilirubin thing sounds extra scary. Also, the drug is a folate inhibitor? Isn't that stuff pretty important for her right now?
Her renal ultrasound proved that the infection had reached her kidneys. This - http://briandeer.com/septrin/bactrim-martindale.htm - says it could lead to renal failure (3rd P).
I've been reading this stuff since we picked up this new poison. Sounds SO scary. I gave her a dose last night and I'm due to give her another in a couple of minutes. I know - I get, really - that abx are important in this case, but gosh. What can I do to make it less dangerous for her little body?
I'm going to be really proactive about giving her lots of infant probiotics, and breastfeed out the wazoo, but - any other ideas? DH keeps telling me to trust the docs. I have a hard time relaxing.
I appreciate you reading. Thanks for any ideas!