Originally Posted by Gitti
I am surprised he doesn't have a fever???
In this case I would probably go with the antibiotics also.
This is the only thing I would do differently, I would start with probiotics NOW. And I would keep it up for at least a year or longer. The flora is not replaced as easily as it is destroyed by antibiotics.
NO, I don't think so, it should start getting better within a day. If not, I would call the doctor back and ask him.
Sugar in the diet? Sodas, candy... wrong nutrition? I don't know how your diet is, I am just saying some things that could be the culprit.
Or contact with the fungus such as in the locker room or at the physical therapy. ??
I hope it starts to heal quickly. Diet is the key to keeping his athlete's foot under control. Is he still nursing? Is he vaccinated?
I did call the doctor back and spoke with his nurse about when to start the probiotics, but they said that there was no point in starting them until he'd finished the antibiotic? I chose this doctor because he does not push antibiotics and is known in this town for being holistic. And, I think he's the only one who will see children who aren't vaccinated. DS is vax'd, although if I knew then what I know now I would have probably delayed some. (The second round scared me a bit.) And, he has not nursed since around six months. Huge problem there for several reasons that I did not know about ahead of time (PCOS, DS's torticollis). Our doctor is from Cuba where it's practically law to nurse and is soooo pro-nursing that when I told our playgroup that he told us to supplement several of the mothers actually gasped!
As far as diet otherwise... we've had problems getting DS to eat solids and are going for an evaluation on the 2nd. Big gagging problem. So, he eats third stage baby food. He's never even eaten a piece of cake! Or even the icing. (I wish he'd eat a piece of cake.) No conventional junk food. Not even a Cheerio or Goldfish or anything like that. No juice and especially no sodas, for sure. Only recently has he started gnawing on the Gerber Biter Biscuits, but doesn't actually eat the whole thing. He has started eating about a cup of yogurt (e.g. Dannon) with sugar in it a day, for which I'd like to find a more healthful alternative. We're trying to keep his caloric intake up, but that's really hard to do with what he eats. However, based on what I see/hear other children eat I don't see how any child eats the amount of calories they're supposed to be eating. I think he's supposed to be eating around 1,100 calories a day. He's such a little guy I feel like we're forcing him to eat so much! Sigh...
I didn't even think about him getting the fungus at therapy. I've just thought it was so odd. Now that you mention it... One day when he was down on the floor in the waiting room he got so filthy that the therapist took him to her supervisor's office where they photographed his hands, feet, and legs to show the appropriate people how much they needed to either have their carpet cleaned or get new carpet. Holy cow! DH just said, "That could be it!" We never even thought of that! All this time I kept thinking "Why does this keep coming back?" It's not like an older child running around with sweaty feet. I'd just gotten to the point where I was going to ask for a prescription or something. I'd read about... uh... something
violet? (I'm too tired to remember.) But, also read that it can tattoo on broken skin so was hesitant to try it.
I'm rambling... I think I will go ahead and start the probiotics. I mean it certainly can't hurt. Whenever I take an antibiotic I always take Diflucan right away, so I kind of wondered why we would wait. (I've taken way too many antibiotics over the years, which is another reason I chose this doctor. I don't want DS's system messed up like mine. When we all had a virus a few months ago, he and DS got well in a few days, but I just stayed so sick.)
So, the probiotic the nurse mentioned to me is called Culturell. Have you heard of that one? Any other suggestions? I've always taken Difulcan or acidophilus tablets.
Thanks again for mentioning the connection between the fungus and physical therapy. That seems so obvious, you know. But, when your child is getting fitted for a helmet or won't walk a little fungus seems so minor. I guess it's really not, though!