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#31 of 33 Old 12-04-2008, 03:36 PM - Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by mamaverdi View Post
Genetian violet will help with the diaper rash. If she has sensitive skin, the alcohol base could be burning, so try a tiny bit first.

Please don't be hard on yourself. The "I shouldn't have" statement is, I'm not sure what to call it: it's a nearly impossible statement to make truthfully in cases like these. A swollen fontanel should be taken very seriously.

And a real chest xray shouldn't be the least bit tortuous.

It's impossibly hard to watch your child experience that type of testing, even if it's necessary. It's okay for it to be necessary and impossible.
Thanks. I will try the gentian violet for sure. Diaper rash is looking a good bit better today. I attempted to go to school and leave her at daycare for an hour (we usually do two hours/week while I have a class) and I couldn't handle it. She is so well though, it's amazing how she doesn't seem obviously affected by everything, I'm glad she is so in the moment at her age. I picked up the stuff for her belly last night and am dipping my finger in it and putting it in her mouth.

Chest xray, apparently they put them on like a bicycle seat, with their arms above their heads, close a tube around them and of course they freak out. We missed that version thank god.

So like, what would be the effects she might experience from such high doses of antibiotics? Of course the docs act like nothing.

I found out from someone in the know that if I would have refused the treatment they would very likely have called CPS on me. Crazy.
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Systemic antibiotics kill off the microbials in the gut (and lungs, stomach, esophagus, blood, skin, vagina, urinary tract, upper respiratory tract, ears, mouth too), rather broadly, when they don't know which bacteria or virus may be present and causing problems. (ie. "broad spectrum antibiotics"). The consequence is disrupting the normal microbial balance in the gut (and lungs, stomach, blood, skin, vagina, urinary tract, upper respiratory tract, ears, mouth too).

Depending on drug, dosage, and frequency: diarrhea, electrolyte imbalances, leaky gut, allergies, asthma, nutrient loss, allergic reactions, food intolerances, yeast overgrowth, auto-immune issues, etc. could develop. Or, nothing dire, if the gut is repopulated, intact, and able to rebalance itself.

Yes, they'd probably call CPS for refusing medical care on a child that they deem "urgent, medically necessary, and non-optional". They mean well. You did exactly what you needed to do in the moment.


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I'm glad she is feeling better!

We had a Meningitis scare when DD was 6 weeks old, and had the whole spinal tap, chest x-ray course. She didn't have Meningitis, but she did have a very serious condition, and we were very glad we had jumped through the hoops. Like Pat said, there is no "right" or "wrong", we just do the best we can. Hindsight is always 20/20.

For us, the chest x-ray was torture - for me. DD wasn't happy, but it didn't physically hurt her, and she got over it quickly. She only cried for a few minutes, I cried for an hour.

DD has been on abx since she was 6 wks old, so we've had some experience with the side effects, but nothing too major. All kids react differently to different drugs. DD has a lot of gut issues, mainly diarrhea and some nausea while on the higher doses. We have also battled a lot of yeast. We will be watching for signs of asthma as she gets older, b/c of her abx and a family history.

Like the pps have said, we treat with probiotics (we use Florastor) and we started using Genetian Violet (thanks mamaverdi!) for the yeast. Those two things have been the most helpful for us.

I'm not sure if anyone mentioned this, but we try to give the probiotics midway between antibiotic doses. I think most things say at least give 2 hours between the dosing.

Hope she continues to feel better!
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