Last week my daughter got sick. She is 1.5 years old and she still does not know how to talk. The temperature is below 39 and nothing is clear. They called two doctors, their opinions were divided. About how it all happened and how it ended, my today’s topic.
To begin with, I’m not perfect mom. Sometimes I make mistakes that I regret later. This time my mistake was that I bought and decided to eat ice cream with the child. Of course, the baby began to actively beg him, and I gave her several times to lick him.
It is hot outside and it would seem, what could happen? Besides, I have repeatedly read in different sources that a child after a year should be taught to eat and drink from the refrigerator.
At night, the child became hot as a stove. Temperature does not measure, the type of thermometer is afraid, crying, fighting. All days of the illness my husband and I both kept her to take a temperature.
Later, I read that now there are infrared thermometers on sale. It is enough to direct them towards the person’s forehead and they will show the body temperature on the display in a few seconds. Their cost is far from small, but if there is an opportunity and there is a small child in the family, it’s the most.
The thermometer showed 38.5 and I called the doctor.
In the clinic, our usual pediatrician recently quit, and our site was left unattended. Now the doctors on duty are on call, and a young intern takes over the place.
A pediatrician from a neighboring area, an experienced doctor with many years of experience, came to us on a call. I was even glad to see her on the threshold.
She looked at the baby, asked me questions, examined her throat. She did not like her throat. On the glands of the pustules, she said, it would be necessary to go to the hospital, but I do not want to detain you. Apparently, the child had a purulent tonsillitis.
I did not want to go to the hospital either. We agreed on how the treatment will be carried out: how and with what frequency to bring down the temperature, pshikat throat and put candles. And also what to do if the temperature exceeds the threshold of 39 degrees, which antibiotics to start drinking.
I bought all the medicines at once, so as not to run at night in search of pharmacies. The amount of the purchase was impressive. But I did not want to save, because health is more expensive.
Several times I saw the surprised eyes of a pharmacist. Some prescribed medications were contraindicated in children under the age of 12, and we jointly looked for an alternative.
From the antipyretic temperature successfully decreased, the daughter became active, ate and played. But after 4-6 hours the temperature began to rise again. Again whims, crying, lethargy. But there were no additional complaints of pain in the tummy or throat.
The next day I decided to watch programs about the sore throat of famous pediatricians. There, I heard information that a purulent sore throat is necessary, should be immediately treated with antibiotics to avoid complications. And I wondered, what are we waiting for?
I recruited a pediatrician that we had on the call. She did not pick up the phone. Then I remembered that I had the phone of our former pediatrician, and decided to call her.
Our former pediatrician did not refuse counseling over the phone. She was embarrassed by the age of the child. She said that up to 3 years of a child’s purulent tonsillitis cannot be. In addition, in the case of angina, the child would not be able to eat and the overall picture would be different.
Then I asked her to come and check the condition of the child personally. Calling her was worth the money. Not big then nonetheless. I did not become greedy. Not the case. Two heads are always better.
The pediatrician arrived, examined the child, looked into the throat. This is not a sore throat, she said. – A raid on temperature, and the symptoms are similar to a virus.
She suggested not churning the temperature, watching the dynamics. The day of treatment was already the third and the temperature was supposed to rise to 38-39 degrees and, in the course of the day, she herself would drop to normal.
She also suggested that we take a blood test with a full leukocyte formula and send the result to her to confirm the suspicions about the viral origin of the infection.
So we did. The temperature on this day we did not shoot down. She really rose to 38.5 degrees, and then slowly but surely, faded away until evening.
The next day, we passed a blood test in the nearest private laboratory and sent the result to our former pediatrician by email. She called back and confirmed that it is a virus.
Most of the drugs that I purchased with the prescription of the first doctor were left idle, including an expensive antibiotic. Shelf life of drugs for about a year, let it lie. We still have a kindergarten ahead. But, frankly, the pleasure of spending so much nerves and money for a wrong diagnosis is not enough.
Sometimes I regret that I myself did not receive a medical education. You have to rely on doctors who are not always right. And it’s good that our system is far from ideal, and I can call a non-district doctor on a house like this for a certain amount.
And you had similar situations when the diagnoses of doctors were wrong?