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DS is 21 months old, and his Pediatrician has informed me that he has a Staph Infection. I am confused, and I would love to hear what you guys have to say. I got answers from the doc, and I am googling right now, but I am still not clear.<br><br>
On Monday morning, DS woke up, we were about to wash up, but I noticed a bump above his lip line but below the right side of his nose. It had a pointy edge and appeared a little red. I put a warm compress on it, and he threw it on the floor. He ran to play with his toy car, and ran away laughing when I tried to apply the warm compress again.<br><br>
On Tuesday, the bump began looking more like a pimple and it appeared to have pus in it. It was red around the pus center and his lip was so fat that it hung down almost over his teeth. DH and I took DS into the Pediatrician to get a culture. Ped suggested warm compresses, warm baths so that DS could play in the water, and possibly hold a warm wash cloth over his bump. The pediatrician also took a culture of the stuff in the bump.<br><br>
Wednesday morning, the bump was bigger, and the pus was very "there." I was afraid to pop it, and I called my mom, my grandma, my friend (74 yr old wise woman) and the pediatrician again.<br><br>
DS stopped talking, eating, and drinking. He only seemed to act like himself when we tickled him.<br><br>
When we got the pediatrician, the doc looked under his lip and could see that his lip was so fat, that it had been scraping against his teeth.<br><br>
My mom urged me to call the doc for an earlier appt, because neither of us could figure out what it was.<br><br>
My grandma told me to keep it clean, and to apply olive oil, neosporin or bacitracin (which I did).<br><br>
My 74 yr old wise woman friend told me to put on gloves, clean the area and pull it apart. She said that the stuff needed to come out, and that we should clean it again afterward <-- I would take this advice for myself, but I could not imagine pulling apart the bump of a 21 month old... <i>Would any of you want to hold the baby as I did this? Not I!</i><br><br>
DS and I hung out, and I tried to help him to eat or drink, but he wouldn't. He looked at food as if he were hungry, but wouldn't budge.<br><br>
The pediatrician drained the bump that afternoon. DS drank a LOT of water immediately. DS ate a lot of EVERYTHING afterward too.<br><br>
So, that was Wednesday. Thursday, we hung out at home, and DS was fine. I stayed home with him, just to be sure that he was really okay, and because we still didnt have the results of the culture yet.<br><br>
This morning, around 10 AM, I received a call from the ped, DS has a staph infection. Antibiotics were presecribed. I plan to start them.<br><br>
Have you ever had a staph infection? Have your kids ever had a staph infection? What do you do for them? What are your thoughts.<br><br>
I would love BTDT advice and answers, but I will accept any motherly insight or info you might have.<br><br>
Thanks,<br><br>
LJ's Mom<br><br>
PS: I have been so sad about DS' lip since Tuesday... Monday, I just thought it was weird, but on Tuesday, I felt like such an awful mom bc DS' lip looked horrible (about twice its normal size <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">)
 

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Dd had a staff infection. I have no experience with one going the course of what you describe with your ds. I only knew about them entering preexisting open wounds.<br><br>
When my dd was roughly the same age she got a bug bite on her cheek that she could not/would not stop scratching. After a few days it looked terrible (plus we were out of town visiting my parents, so of course my mom was involved) It ended up being dime size, so we went to an urgent care place in her town. The Dr. there said the bite had gotten infected and it was probably staff and that she needed antibiotics. He didn't culture it, but I didn't push for that. Honestly it was right in the middle of her cheek and looked bad, and the antibiotics seemed reasonable. We don't do antibiotics in general. This was the first and so far last time she has had them (she's 8 now).<br><br>
Nearly 2 is a tough age to keep clean in that kind of way with an open sore.<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> Things happen, kids touch everything.<br>
I'd ask the pede some more about how it can go from a bump to an infection---if there was something else involved.<br>
When dd came home from the Dr. that time, I gave her homeopathic aconite, some Rescue Remedy for us all.<br>
I started the antibiotic (find out from you pede if you can get a child dose without the crap in the liquid---the standard pediatric antibiotic syrup is fluorescent pink with aspartame and artificial flavor), then did all sorts of probiotics after they were finished.<br><br>
Like I mentioned dd is now 8 and has no trace of it on her cheek.<br><br>
handwashing handwashing handwashing. we're not always on top of it, but optimally we wash hands every time we return home (and all the other regular times)
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Dd had a staff infection. I have no experience with one going the course of what you describe with your ds. I only knew about them entering preexisting open wounds.<br><br>
When my dd was roughly the same age she got a bug bite on her cheek that she could not/would not stop scratching. After a few days it looked terrible (plus we were out of town visiting my parents, so of course my mom was involved) It ended up being dime size, so we went to an urgent care place in her town. The Dr. there said the bite had gotten infected and it was probably staff and that she needed antibiotics. He didn't culture it, but I didn't push for that. Honestly it was right in the middle of her cheek and looked bad, and the antibiotics seemed reasonable. We don't do antibiotics in general. This was the first and so far last time she has had them (she's 8 now).<br><br>
Nearly 2 is a tough age to keep clean in that kind of way with an open sore.<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> Things happen, kids touch everything.<br>
I'd ask the pede some more about how it can go from a bump to an infection---if there was something else involved.<br>
When dd came home from the Dr. that time, I gave her homeopathic aconite, some Rescue Remedy for us all.<br>
I started the antibiotic (find out from you pede if you can get a child dose without the crap in the liquid---the standard pediatric antibiotic syrup is fluorescent pink with aspartame and artificial flavor), then did all sorts of probiotics after they were finished.<br><br>
Like I mentioned dd is now 8 and has no trace of it on her cheek.<br><br>
handwashing handwashing handwashing. we're not always on top of it, but optimally we wash hands every time we return home (and all the other regular times)</div>
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What is a child dose? Does it come without the extra liquid? What does it look like without the extra liquid?<br><br>
I have some rescue remedy, so should I wait until after this is over to start using it?<br><br>
I am on hold with the Ped right now, thanks for the advice.<br><br>
I have no clue how it got that far... The Ped thinks that something scratched him, like a dirty toy or something... I dunno... this all seems weird, but that bump was nasty... It just seemed to develop out of no where...
 
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