Monday, February 1, 2010

What's Up, Doc?

Symptoms: Runny nose. Thick snot. Red eyes. Morning eyelids that are stucktogether. Chapped cheeks. Low grade temp. General fussiness.

Diagnosis: DOUBLE ear infections and PINK EYE.

Outlook for the next few days: Not fun.

Interesting Fact #1: Did you know that when your child's eyes are runny/mucus-filled AND they have other symptoms like a runny nose, cough, fussy attitude, etc, it probably means that they have a bacterial infection of the sinuses? (which includes the ear canals, which means an ear infection.) It is pink-eye, it's just the bacterial kind, not the don't-touch-her-eyes-then-touch-yours-or-you'll-get-it kind.

Interesting Fact #2: However, if your child ONLY has the runny/mucus-filled eyeballs and none of the other pertinent symptoms, it's most likely the more common VIRAL form of pink eye. The kind that is highly contagious and that you can get from things like doorknobs and remotes and toys. The kind that spreads like wild fire among your family members. This kind is also more common in kids over 3 years old.

Mom's Thoughts: I didn't know these things until today and I am glad that I learned these interesting facts.
I am not glad that my child is sick and kinda miserable and will be on antibiotics and Activia yogurt (for its probiotic factors) for the next 10 days.

Moral of the story: If you have a baby and his/her eyes are running, it's probably a secondary infection; most likely, the ears. So book an appointment right away and get your antibiotics.


Kayla said...

we just had a very similar experience. Jack woke up with green matting all over his eyes and turns out his was an ear infection also. His antibiotics make his urine and breath TERRIBLE! But he is feeling lots better! Hope litte ME feels better soon:)

Courtney said...

Sad Mary Ella! And sad for you too! Hope she gets better soon!

Katie said...

Poor little girl! Hope she feels better soon!

{Amanda} said...

Hey, so I'm very glad that you shared this. If you have a kid, it's inevitable that they'll get sick. It's nice to know many of these things directly from another Mom that you personally know rather than the Internet forums or even nurses on the phone {sometimes even better than going to the Dr who will just quickly write a script...just sayin'}

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