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By (last) Monday night Rylynn was running a temp of 102.7. Naturally, I freaked out and called our after hours line. I didn't receive a call back for an hour and a half. In the meantime I called an ER and a nurse reassured me to give her tylenol, and check her temp again. It went down, but the next day was back to 103.7. I took her to our normal peds office, but saw a dr that we had never seen before. She was super nice, didn't think Rylynn's ears were infected, and just told me to keep doing what I was doing. Which frustrated me, because obviously what I'm doing is bringing no relief. We were dosing Tylenol every 5-6 hours, running a cool mist humidifier, using a special baby formulated decongestant rub, and still fluid is pouring out of her nose, her eyes are runny, she's coughing, and stinkin' miserable!
All weekend she was completely miserable. She didn't want anything but to be held. If I even sat her down long enough to use the bathroom it was tears and screaming crying. I pretty much had a baby attatched to me for 48+ hours. Poor kid! Monday she was still awful, so I took her to our clinic in the small town that we live in. The dr there is someone I've known since high school, and he's wonderful. And guess what! She has an ear infection. He prescribed some antibiotics, and already today I can tell a huge difference. She is playing, sleeping great, and NO COUGHING!!! She had made herself hoarse from all the screaming crying, but today her voice is almost back to normal. I'm so glad I went to see him. I just wish I would have gone there in the first place. Of course, it's entirely possible that she didn't have the ear infection last week, and it developed over the weekend, but it was nice to have a dr listen to me telling them that something was wrong, Tylynol wasn't cutting it!
Last edited by kld1981; March 27th, 2013 at 06:00 AM.
Reason: wrong timeline, I thought today was Tuesday.
Next time she is running a fever you might check with your dr about alternating tylenol with ibprofen. My dr says you can alternate tylenol and ibprofen every four hours so you give baby tylenol and then 4 hours later give ibuprofen. That has always seemed to help with Jacob. Glad she's doing better. she may not have had an ear infection the first time you too her in and all that drainage caused the ear infection. My dr always tells me that if Jacob is not better in a few days to bring him back in and get him checked again.
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That's what the second dr said, about the drainage possible causing the infection. She is so much better now. And they did tell me to alternate tylenol and ibuprofin, but by that point her fever had been back to the normal range for the most part, so I didn't. Next time I will have it on hand and do it right away!