K.W. asks from Olive Branch, MS on January 30, 2007
Teething problems....I Think??????
My 9 mo. old has been teething since he was 3 mos. old. When he was 6 and 6 1/2 mos. old he cut his two bottom teeth and the past few weeks he's been trying to cut his top teeth. However for the past week or so he's been unbearable to handle. He stopped eating his usual rice cereal and baby foods and has only wanted to nurse (but that has even been hit or miss). He not sleeping, nap time he only sleeps 10 minutes here and maybe 20 minutes there. At night when he does sleep he wakes up every hour screaming his head off. I took him to the doctor yesterday because he has been running a temp. and has had a runny nose and really nasty cough. He was diagnosed with RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) and was prescribed Albuterol. Our visit with the doctor was not a pleasant one. He had a waiting room full of kids (that sounded just like my little guy). He literally didn't spend a full minute with us. It was as if he was hearding us all in and out like cattle. We've never had a problem with this doctor before. One side effect of albuterol is gittery and jumpy behavior in infants. So, not the best of drugs to give when we've already had that problem (without meds). Should I continue to give the meds and chaulk it up as a bad virus that needs to run it's course or call and get a second opinion for a doctor that actually wants to hear all about the problems we've been having lately. I know that most of the symptoms he's been having are also symptoms of teething but I'm really starting to worry about him not eating. What to do??? Please help!!!
M.S. answers from Mobile on February 08, 2007
For the teething pain try Teething Tablets..they are made by Hyland and are in the vitamin section at Walmart. They have worked wonderful for my 7 month old who has just cut his 3rd tooth.
C.T. answers from Florence on February 04, 2007
I tryed teething tablets you can get them at wal- mart. they really helped my son and there safe to use
B.J. answers from Biloxi on January 31, 2007
If I was you I would get another opinion, RSV is a very bad, If not treated the right way can cause death. My mom is a nurse so i hear about all of these things. I would not stop giving him the meds unti I see another doctor. Good luck on your little guy..Hope he feels better
E.W. answers from Chattanooga on January 30, 2007
Did the Doctor check his ears well? There could be an underlying infection there. I am going to suggest that you go to the GNC or local vitamin stor and ask for Hylands brand Chamomilla 30x for teething and irritability. It is a compressed powder pill that will melt in his mouth within 30 seconds. It helps with the pain and also helps relax him. It has worked wonders for my daughter who is now 5 1/2 and I still give it to her when she is cranky or doesn't want to fall alseep at night. It helps to calm and relax. I even take it if I am upset and it helps. It doesn't put you to sleep it just relaxes you a little. It ususally is enough for kids to fall asleep. You can give him 4 per hour until the symptoms subside. My family has been using this for 30 years on all our kids and we have a huge family. I hope your little one feels better soon.
R.D. answers from Decatur on February 01, 2007
Kristie, If he was tested for RSV and he does have it then he needs those breathing treatments badly! I work in Respiratory and RSV can be very dangerous and in some cases deadly if not treated. Even though it may make him jittery or hyper you had rather have him that way other than in the hospital with an I.V. or even worse. Please make sure he gets his treatments. The sooner he gets over this then it will be less likely to pass it on to someone else. Good luck and hang in there I promise it will get better soon. Gob Bless you and your family
R. Hartselle Alabama
S.M. answers from Nashville on January 31, 2007
If your baby truly has RSV, DO NOT stop the albuterol. The albuterol will help to break up all the mucus in his lungs and to cough it out. Yes, it makes kids hyper, but I'd rather have that than a baby hospitalized with RSV. There is another medication called Xopenex that we use year year round with my son. It's similar to Albuterol but the jittery side effects aren't as bad. It's a lot more expensive though and insurance companies won't always pay for it.
As far as the teething goes, some kids just handle it better than others. I would focus more on getting his over the RSV first though. Take care.
J.O. answers from Jackson on January 31, 2007
Hi K., Several things that you can do. Definately find another doctor. If he doesn't take time to find out the problem than how are you suppose to have confidence in his diagnosis. Sinus infections, ear infections, sore throat, allergies could all cause the temp. Even him teething could cause the temp. I would get another opinion before I stopped the medicine just in case. If he is having alot of trouble teething you might want to try my remedy. I have raised 3 kids and 1 grandchild and everyone of them cut their teeth with the help of ice chips on the gums and also a porkchop bone. I cleaned the bone off of course, and they had a blast with it. One thing I have always done too, especially with RSV, I run a cool mist humidifier 24/7. You would be amazed at the difference from dry air to moist air. Just thought I would give you my 2 cents worth, I hope your baby gets to feeling better. Let me know. God Bless!
M.B. answers from Nashville on January 30, 2007
i would get a second opinion...if he didnt spend much time with you kid he probably didnt give a correct diagnois...i would try another dr that will sit and listen and not rush you out...
T.C. answers from Johnson City on January 31, 2007
RSV is nothing to mess with. If the doctor performed tests that showed it was truly RSV, DO NOT discontinue the Albuterol. This is a life threatening disease. My son had it at 7 weeks and was very close to death. I realize that giving the breathing treatments is a pain and I know your son just hates it but don't stop. If the doctor DID NOT perform any tests to verify the RSV, you should definitely get a second opinion to be sure that is what you are dealing with. If he is wheezing, it definitely needs attention.
T.D. answers from Knoxville on February 02, 2007
There is really little you can do.
One thing is try the frozen wash rag, don't run every time he wants up after 10-mins. he is learning that you will come so he is keeping him self up.
just be patient and good luck. we are going through this too, and our son is learning to go to sleep or lay there.
I will not go get him until I feel he has been giving time to fall asleep. Also he may be ready for 1 nap at this time.
good luck again, T.