posted on Sep, 26 2011 @ 10:20 AM
For the most part I'm a pretty level headed mom. I don't take my kids to the doctors for every little thing they seem to get. If I can figure it out
for myself, I try to. However, my 4 year old has me at my last wits. Every year she gets a minimum of 3 stomach flus (the last one was so bad, we
ended up at the children's emergency center for dehydration) and without fail, she gets a minimum of 2-3 rashes per year. Some background info:
My house is clean. Not spotless, after all, 2 kids and a dog live here. But its clean. I know to look for things like diet changes, or environment
changes, etc etc. So I know to eliminate those kinds of things. We live in Georgia, and yes, both my children attend public schools as well as extra
activities....gymnastics, dance, music, etc etc etc.
However, this last scenario has me very very puzzled. On August 31st, my 4 year old got her round of shots. 4 is a big deal when concerning vaccines
and tests. They gave her 4 shots, but somewhere in the 4 was the combos of the following:
DTaP: Diptheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis
IPV: Polio and Chicken Pox
MMR: measles, mumps, rubela
On September 6th, my grandparents came to visit. They had recently been at a German festival in Ohio. We spent one afternoon with them, and then on
the 10th they came to our house where we celebrated my grandfather's birthday. The kids and adults all played out in the backyard together. We have a
retaining hill, and my grandfather showed them how to climb up and then slide down with strips of cardboard. They loved it.
Later the next day, my daughter showed up with 2 blisters on the bottom of her foot. I pretty much figured red ant bites. Which still seemed odd to
me, because, she didn't cry, and that is certainly something she should have felt. I chalked that up to her having to much fun. In any case, she got
a bath that night, and off to bed she went. She woke up later complaining that her foot was really itchy. I rubbed it for her, she went back to sleep.
I noticed that the bites didn't look like ant bites. Ant bites are usually red, and they get a white pin head on them, you can pop the white pustule,
place neosporin on it, and band aid it up. Problem solved. These didn't have that..they were clear and hard.
Now it was Monday, and she seemed okay. I sent her to school. Later that night I had testing for school myself, so my husband stayed with the kids.
When I came in, he told me that our 4 year old seemed hot to him. I felt her, and sure enough, she had a fever. 2 more blisters had appeared on her
other foot. I gave her some medicine and kept her home the following day. In the morning she began complaining that her butt hurt. It was red and
scaly. So, now at this point, we have clear hard blisters on the bottom of her feet (very small mind you) a scaly butt, and a fever, which had gone
away with no other symptoms. I take her into the doctors. They actually swab her butt, and find it to be Strep??????? they have no idea what the
blisters are and basically seemed unconcerned. We get a prescription for Amoxicillin and off we go. That was Tuesday.
Wednesday everything seems good. I had placed some antibiotic cream on her butt, some anti itch on her feet, asked her if she felt up to school..she
did. So I send her in. She comes home later that day complaining that her private area now itches and hurts. I thought..oh gosh, the amoxicillin gave
her a yeast infection....except, she has only had one dose....not enough for that yet. I thought, well, maybe she didn't wipe herself good enough at
school? I give her a bath and everything seems to be okay. Fast forward.....
Friday...she's itching...like crazy....all over...on her ankles, behind her knees, crook of her arms, neck, calves, and cheek. I myself am allergic
to Amoxicillin, I have had a rash before from it...I figured thats what this was. But, now it was Friday night, doctors are closed. I discontinue the
antibiotic, get her some benadryl and benadryl cream (NO, I did not use them both at the same time) and that seems to help a little. Except, when she
scratches the itches....they break open and scab over...not your typical antibiotic rash.
So, here we are Monday..I take her to the doctors this morning...and the doctor tells me it looks like scabies! she still doesn't know what the
blisters are (which are still there 2 weeks later,) she still seems unconcerned. She explains my daughter could have picked it up from
anywhere....preschool, gymnastics, dance, park, aquarium, backyard, etc etc etc...now my daughter is on 2 antibiotic creams, an antibiotic for the
strep, and another medicine for the itching. But I'm still trying to figure this out...blisters on feet, strep on butt, fever that went away, and
scabies.......????????? all at once??????? all a coincidence?
for the record..no, they did not do a skin test to confirm what the rash is.
I realize, this is not the best place for medical advice..but, does this not sound off the wall to someone?