I could really use some advice on the best course of action. DS (26 months) has had a cold with low fever (99-101) and a slight cough for almost 4 days. Yesterday, he started to have goopy discharge from one of his eyes and had a very restless night last night. He hasn't mentioned at all that his ears hurt (and he is very verbal and usually tells us if he hurts), but the discharge from his eye (which is less today) was definitely bothering him.
Our pedi office has sick appts on Sundays, so we just took him in. Unfortunately the Dr. we had to see (not our regular pedi) is one that we butted heads with when DS was an infant about immunizations. When he checked DS's ears today he said that both were infected. He prescribed Augmentin (Amoxicillin + clavulanate).
When I questioned him as to how he knew it was bacterial vs. viral, he said "studies" show that the como of ears infected plus eye discharge almost always mean bacterial, and that H influenzae is particuarly resistant, so he was prescribing Augmentin vs. just plain Amoxicillin (how he would just know that is H influenzae I am totally unclear about).
Unfortunately the Dr. is extremely defensive and was very hostile when I questioned him about if it would be the kind of thing we could wait out a couple of days to see if it resolved on it's own (i.e. to see if it was viral). He said "well, I wouldn't want you to have anymore sleepless nights" I told him I'd rather have a couple of sleepless nights than give DS antibiotics if he didn't need them. He said he didn't prescribe antibiotics "willy-nilly" but really didn't provide an acceptable answer on how he would be sure (in fact he threatened that DS might end up with menegitis and in the hospital with tubes in him if we didn't treat him -- nice way to answer a responsible parents' questioning.
Anyway, I feel at a loss on what to do. Obviously I want to treat the infection accordingly if it is bacterial, but I don't feel like I got an adequate answer from the Dr. (and am pregnant and very emotional - didn't feel like the conversation with the Dr. was going anywhere and needed to leave the office before I lost it).
Edit - p.s. I should mention DS has never been on antibiotics for anything.
Thanks so much.
SAHM to a spectacular little boy, born 5/2003 :bf
"When you teach your son, you teach your son's son." ~ The Talmud