Would you ever medicate a child if not needed? Update in blue
As a person who works with children I have questioned some parenting choices (of other parents) throughout the years- like the mom who has a 10 month old who is teething & mom doesn't want to give meds to ease pain. Okay, I can feel you on that one, although personally medication in that case would not only ease the child's pain but mom's headache from hearing the baby cry as well. But it's whatever. Like I said, I get it.
But this one tops the cake. DD (3yo) has slight case of pink eye & an ear infection so bad DD's face starts to swell on the side with the ear infection. DS (11mos) has yellowish green snot & mom is told (by me) that possibly cold/sinus infection but no need to keep DS home. She said since DD had doc appt for face (at that time we had no idea it was pink eye & ear infection) she would get DS in to the doc as well.
Fast forward a week later DS is now eating table food (versus baby food) at mom's consent & he breaks out in rash all over body. Mom is called to come pick him up & take him to doc since it is unknown what caused it. Next day I call mom to ask how the little man is doing & if we should expect him. She says it was an allergic reaction to the amoxicillian she was giving him. I asked why he was on it & her reply was "DD had that ear infection so I gave DS some amoxicillian too so he didn't get sick."
So mom brought DS in today & after his morning nap I noticed he had some green goop in his left eye. At first I didn't think anything of it other than he has an ear infection & it's probably coming out his eye now (my own DS had that issue a few years ago, ear infection in both ears & an eye infection in both eyes that was NOT pink eye). After lunch I noticed the whites of his eyes are pink. I show the director who says it might be the cold we already knew he had. Then after his afternoon nap BOTH eyes are goopy & pink! Director looks at him again & says "Boy he looks like he has pink eye!" But yet does not call mom to come get him. HOWEVER she DID leave instructions to tell mom that he needs to be seen by a doc to rule out pink eye before he can come back & if she takes him & it is NOT pink eye or anything else contagious then we will need a note saying such.
And I definitely made sure I washed my hands more than usual because it sure did look like pink eye to me!