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#1 of 7 Old 07-10-2012, 05:03 PM - Thread Starter
 
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My 7 month old had a fever of 105.5. SCARY! He was lethargic and floppy. The hospital was hell. They took blood and that was okay, but they wanted urine and insisted on using a catheter. I was okay with giving it a go. But as soon as they pulled his foreskin back, he started bleeding and SCREAMING. Then the nurse kept inserting the catheter and it was getting stuck in the area right before the bladder and she wasn't gentle. After 2 minutes of his extreme pain and crying, I demanded they catch it in a bag instead. The nurse insisted that someone else could help do it and went to get someone else. The attending doctor came in right when the nurse left and agreed the we needed to bag it and told the nurse off in the hallway. I was in tears and my 5 year old was scared. *sigh* After this, it took almost 3 hours to get us discharged. I felt so horrible for Levi, that I allowed him that pain. :(

 

Now I'm worried about infection and the skin fusing together where it shouldn't. Help?


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That sounds like a horrible experience! How is your baby's fever now? Did they find any infection? Perhaps when the dust settles from the illness you could schedule a regular well child check and get everything checked out. Remember that babies are very resilient and he had your loving arms to go into when this was over.
 


 
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They THINK it was a uti. So they gave him antbx. His fever keeps spiking up to 103, despite keeping up with tylenol and motrin.


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Is there any care I should do to avoid infection in his penis? He also has an appt for next week, so hopefully it gets better.


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The best thing you can do is to leave it alone and let nature fix the damage that was done. You need to make sure that no one else retracts him even a little bit right now because there was tearing and it could get a lot worse easily. The proper way to cath an intact boy dosnt involve retracting more than enough to visualize the urinary opening on the glans. So the nurse obviously had no idea how to do a cath on your ds. If he ever needs cathed again ( I hope that never happens) ask the nurse exactly what she is going to do in detail and if she says she has to retract then ask her for someone from the NICU they are very familiar with cathing babies who are intact and should be able to do it without hurting your ds.

Keep and eye out for redness with swelling and discharge. If it happens you can use over the counter bacatracin on him just dab it on the outside of the penis and tip of the foreskin without retracting. In the long run it is very doubtful that he will have issues from this one time thing.

 
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Thank you, MCat. I also have read that sitz baths can help too. I will never let him be cath'd again. Urine will be caught with a bag from now on, unless he's potty trained by the time he needs his urine checked, then he can use a cup.


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I would just make sure your container for the sitz bath is very, very clean since the area has already been traumatized. I hope he feels better soon! My oldest used to get very high fevers every time he got sick and it was very unnerving at first, until we realized this was just the way his body did things. His average was 104 to 105 even for very commonplace viruses.
 


 
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