L.G. asks from Wentzville, MO on April 16, 2008
My 10 month daughter has had a rough winter. On New Year's Eve she came down with RSV, which took about 2 weeks to clear up and get her back to normal. Then on the second week she came down with an ear infection and was put on antibiotics, only to break out in hives which the pediatrician thought was an allergic reaction to the penicillin, (amoxycillin)sp?. Since then she has had issues with wheezing every time she has a cold, or sinus infection, and it seems as though she constantly needs breathing treatments through a nebulizer just to keep her breathing clearly. A few weeks ago she had the croup (sp?) and it has started all over again. The reason I am writing though is that she broke out in hives again monday night. I took her to the pediatrician and she seems to think that the hives are caused by her body reacting to being sick, rather than an allergic reaction, since this time she already off her antibiotics when she broke out. She does have an ear infection and cold virus currently, but I am not sure what to think.
Do I take the hives for what they are and connect them to her being sick? Or do I associate them with an allergic reaction? We have not changed laundry detergents, soaps, eaten any new foods, or anything else I can think of. The only allergy it might be would be outdoor allergies, or maybe pet dander though she has not had any reactions to our dog yet so far.
I guess I am just miserable when she is miserable, and was wanting some advice from any moms who have had issues with allergies before.
Thanks in advance!
K.Z. answers from Topeka on April 17, 2008
Cat dander is my triger and I will have trouble breathing and break out in hives. Sometimes I will have to have breathing treatments just to feel better. You should at least look into alleries as a cause. See if the doctor can test her for allergies. Most doctors wont though because most kids don't show signs until after ae 3. Good luck.
A.D. answers from Topeka on April 17, 2008
Speaking from experience, what she wasn't allergic to yesterday, she maybe today and vice versa. The body constantly is changing (espicially in a 10 month old) and allergies can't be established until they are 6. My daughter broke out in hives (both kinds at the same time) once when she was 2 and we thought she was allergic to strawberries, but when I had her tested at 6 they said no. Could be many things but Aveeno makes a wonderful oatmeal bath product which will help with the itching!! Good luck!
E.P. answers from St. Louis on April 20, 2008
I just was hospitalized with an allergic reaction to ammoxycillin 2 days after I had finished my 10 day dose. I have taken ammoxycillin for 30+ years, for various infections, with no reaction. I learned an antibiotic allergy can occur at any time in your life. It can also occur up to two weeks after the last dose. I would be very leary of using ammoxcyllin again. And if your child is currently taking stop usage immediately. Hope she is feeling better soon. P.S. My children that had RSV had chronic respitory issues with any cold/allergy. I felt like they were using breathing treatments constantly!
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J.J. answers from Stationed Overseas on April 17, 2008
RSV really messes your lungs up. I some how managed to get it when I was 14 despite the fact that it's only a "infant" sickness. So now whenever I get a cold it goes straight to my chest. I wheeze and cough. It's miserable. I do my best to stay away from colds not that it has done much good since my daughter started school. As for the hives. Antibiotics can stay in your system for something like 10 days after you quit taking them. You could take her to get an allergy test. It is not the most comfortable thing for any one to go through. Best of luck to you.
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S.M. answers from St. Louis on April 17, 2008
This may not be what you want to hear right now. But, my son had RSV when he was a month old and we joke that he has had a cold ever since. He constantly battles allergies, colds and ear infections. I breast fed him and I am a stay at home mom... so don't ever let anyone tell you it's because she is in daycare (assuming she is) I don't think it matters after RSV. Our dr. said it damages their lungs. My son has had all the other issues you mentioned as well... reactions to medicines, we bought a nebulizer and he has treatments everytime he is sick. At 6 mo the dr. put him on Cingulair and it really seems to help quite a bit. My sisters kids had some similar problems with allergies, etc and both of her kids were almost completely allergy free by 5 years old... so hopefully it's something they will outgrow... in the mean time like you said it's so hard to watch them be so uncomfortable. My son had a rash once from heat... like a heat rash on his sides and under his arms. Other than the medicine reaction that is the only rash he has had. They treated it with hydrocordosone.
I know that Zyrtec and Cingulair are both available for babies over 6 months. We have taken both and Cingulair seems to work better for us... but i would definatley ask her dr. about something along those lines. Good luck and hang in there!
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J.J. answers from Kansas City on April 17, 2008
L., I understand your upset....it's your BABY for goodness sakes....I know this is wild, but has your Dr. checked your child for STREP. I know she is bit young, but sometimes, children get a rash with STREP. If the rash doesn't go away and your child doesn't want to eat much and crys and complains which its really hard to notice strep in a child so young, except she won't eat much food. It's a fairly minor test that would be worth checking into...It may be allergies, but seasonal allergies rarely cause a rash..... I think your Dr didn't know so, she/he couldn't tell you...Sometimes they do this...remember the medical industry is a Practice not a Profession. Some are better at it than others and some things are just not an exact Science.... My twins both have issues with allergies and one of my twins has a nebulizer but she used it in her first and second year of life and now we just have to have an inhaler around and some allergy medication for a couple of months in the Spring...It will be ok, just hang in there.................Hugs J.
C.G. answers from Columbia on April 17, 2008
Your daughter sounds a lot like myself. I had multiple ear infections when I was young and had tubes in my ears. I remember having breathing treatments too. I also had a hives reaction to an antibiotic, but it was a sulfa drug. Now, whenever I am sick I get hives just on my elbows and feet. Weird, huh? I used to think it was just when I got a fever, but I have had them several times now with illness without a fever. So, I can believe that they are just a reaction to being sick. I also remember breaking out in hives all over as a teenager for no apparent reason. We couldn't find any related cause.
I have started researching healthier lifestyle changes and have changed my diet to include more whole, fresh, and organic foods. I only got sick once this past winter, whereas I used to get sick several times. I really think better nutrition has helped my body fight off more illnesses. This would be important for your daughter while her immune system builds back up. You may want to talk to your doctor about children's vitamins. I know her diet is somewhat limited right now because she is so young, but I have included two great websites that discuss nutrition for kids:
http://www.askdrsears.com/html/3/T030800.asp "Feeding Toddlers: 17 Tips for Pleasing the Picky Eater" It has good ideas for introducing new, healthy foods to toddlers.
http://www.askdrsears.com/html/4/T040200.asp "ABC's of Teaching Nutrition to Kids" I thought this one was especially good because it teaches parents how to make learning about healthy food fun for kids. It talks about how to educate kids so that they make healthy choices on their own later on and so they know which kinds of food are healthy and why. The only thing I didn't agree with was that he suggested rewards, but everything else was pretty good advice.
Hope this helps. Best wishes!
T.L. answers from Wichita on April 17, 2008
You have had a rough year! I have three children, the oldest two (5 & 3) have allergy induced asthma and especially during weather changes we have allergy problems (coughing at night, wheezing, hives or eczema). They both have to have breathing treatments during this time of year to help them, as for the hives, can you link it to the breathing treatment? (My daughter was having a reaction with the albuterol.) It could be the medication for that, but it may also be the body/skin's (immune system) way of fighting off a cold or infection. I hope this helps. Good Luck!
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S.W. answers from Columbia on April 17, 2008
I do wonder about the pet dander... could be a delayed allergic reaction. Also, there are PLENTY of allergens out there right now "blooming up a storm" so it could be that.... but it could also be a reaction her body is having from being sick..I definitely would not change anything you are doing... do what makes her better. I wish I could give you a better answer. I have an 8 year background as an ER nurse, and your doctor is giving you all the possibilities. HMMMMM....My son had RSV when he was just under a year, and we keep medication for his nebulizer all year round, just in case.. Children who contract RSV are more suseptible to asthma in years to come, and we have given it to him several times when he has been sick since. Definately don't smoke around the child (if you even do that). Be aware of what makes your child wheeze... is it only when he/she is sick? Or is it different seasons.. ORrr is it all year round. This is important to tell your child's physician. Good luck with your situation, and hang in there.