Thursday, June 2, 2011

It's a bird. It's a plane. NO! It's strep.

I have known that little children are petri dishes of viral and bacterial filth. They LOVE to touch EVERYTHING and then put those slimy little fingers in their mouth making them a variable breeding ground of all sorts of germy awesomeness.

Fortunately, Jonah has been a healthy kid. Once we started putting him in our church nursery and exposing him to more children at different events it wasn't long for him to start getting sick. So far he had 1 case of croup and 2 ear infections. Neither of which slowed him down a single bit. The only reason I knew something was wrong was the seal-like barking cough, or the mild elevation in his temperature. He slept, ate and played fine.

This last weekend, something came over him and it wasn't fun. He was lethargic, cranky, wouldn't eat/drink and had a temperature as high as 103.1. After 3 visits to the doctor (1 Acute Kids & 2 Pediatrician), 1 wrongly diagnosed sinus infection with subsequent antibiotic that he had an allergic reaction to, a poorly read dosing chart for Motrin causing a few accidental overdoses and 1 call to poison control, we found the source of his problem. Strep! Of course, it's not common in kids Jonah's age, so it wasn't even a consideration and his symptoms didn't point to strep. In fact, his throat wasn't even that red the doctor noted. Thankfully though we found the answer and got him on some antibiotics and after one dose, he was back to normal - flying around the house and destroying anything he could. You know, being a typical boy!

This is him laying on the couch watching Sesame Street. He NEVER does this!


starshockey said...

Sorry, but strep is common in kids his age. Kaden has had it 5 times in 10 months, which if you counted backwards from his last time in late March early April, that would put him to about Jonah's age with the first time. His DR finally sent him to ENT & had tonsils taken out. Carley has had strep and of course Riley has had it. The foto of him laying & wtching tv is so pathetic, I just want to pick him up ans hug him, he looks so miserable. It seems that strep is the new thing, like ear infections were when you guys were little. Seemed like every time we took one of you to the Dr or emergency room it was an ear infection. Hope he feels better. We love him & you guys very much.