For the past few days LP has had a cough and a runny nose. I figured it was a cold. She didn't have a fever and while she would cough in her sleep, it never seemed to wake her up. When I picked her up from day care this evening her teacher told me that he had to wipe her nose a lot - she had green snots - and she coughed in her sleep during nap time. Since bronchitis is going around the Hoos' office, I called the pediatrician and make an appointment to get her checked out. Piece of mind is well worth the $25 co-pay.
I was thrilled when the doctor's office told us we could come in at 6:45 tonight. I figured the office would be relatively empty at this time of day and this way we wouldn't have to plan our day tomorrow around an appointment.
The good news is, I was right. The office was empty. And, because the pediatrician just moved to a new, more modern building, the office was actually very nice. So nice that LP didn't want to leave. Who can blame her - they have a big, gorgeous fish tank, a large stage shaped like a boat to climb around and everyone that saw her kept commenting on how adorable she was. I don't think I get that kind of experience anywhere.
Anyway, it turns out LP's lungs are fine. She has a very small amount of pus (eww, what a gross, gross word) in her right ear. According to the Physician's Assistant, with a full-on ear infection there is usually a big swirl of pus and you can't see anything. With LP's ear she could see everything and on the bottom there was a very small line of not-clear fluid. "So," she addressed me, "we can either prescribe antibiotics for what may not turn into a bad infection or you can give her Motrin every 6-8 hours and wait and see for 24-48 hours." Unfortunately, if we chose not to give LP antibiotics now, and she did spike a fever, I would have to bring her back on Saturday to get the antibiotic prescription filled.
Umm, when did I become qualified to make this sort of decision? Is there some mommy-fix-it book that I was supposed to read?
I do know that LP has never been on antibiotics before nor has she ever had an ear infection. My limited knowledge of antibiotics includes some vague recollection that they are over-prescribed nowadays and kids are building up immunity to them. I also have a fuzzy memory of potential not-so-fun side-effects of antibiotics in babies. But still, even with the PA honestly and helpfully answering my questions, I knew that the ultimate decision on the course of action was mine to make.
I decided to hold off on giving LP the antibiotics. If I have to go back to the doctor on Saturday, well, at least LP likes it there. Besides, she loves taking medicine. I think they must pump that stuff full of sugar or something to make kids slurp it up like candy.