Vicodin for an 18 month old. Doc said flu is like heroin withdraws? Updates in OP
My 18 month old has had the flu since Monday. I thought he was getting better until his fever spiked tonight and his breathing was rapid and labored. Poor little guy was crying in his sleep and just miserable. He had some pus on his throat, so while waiting for the strep test to come back at the ER, the doc brings him some meds to ease him. It's liquid Vicodin and zofran. Vicodin for pain and cough, zofran to help him sleep. Strep was negative and he sent me home with a prescription of liquid Vicodin, Motrin and zofran. I'm supposed to give him the Vicodin every 3-4 hours. The doc said that severe flu can disrupt endorphin receptors, giving symptoms just like heroin withdraws.
Wtf? Granted, he is feeling much better and sleeping, but I've never heard of such a thing. Should I really give my 18 month old Vicodin all day?
* My pedi said while they don't prescribe liquid Vicodin, he didn't see him, to go ahead and give it as prescribed. Thanks for the non commital answer doc. He said it is too late for YDS, that he just has to ride out the virus now. But to bring DD in if she gets worse or spikes a fever. That there are anti virals they can give to reduce the severity and lifespan of the virus.
* *He is doing better. He woke up with a low grade fever today, usually it's really high. Now he has a really bad cough. So bad he gags from it in the middle of the night and has trouble catching his breath. I'm taking my daughter to the pedi today for anti virals. I have to take YDS with me, so I will ask the pedi (different pedi, its a pediatric center) what he thinks and see if there is something equally as effective, but not as strong to give him. So far he only has had 3 doses. One yesterday morning, and two last night (one at bed and one at 4 am when he was coughing so bad I thought he was going to throw up). I'm going with as needed. I am also only giving him 3 mls instead of 4. It seems to work just as well. It doesn't make him loopy at all, which I was afraid of. He just seems better, laughing and playing. I am also giving him so all natural cough and cold meds, since it is the only thing that is labelled for 2 and under.
I'm afraid the strep test gave a false negative, because my throat is exruciatingly painful, and full of pus and blood. I'm going to urgent care after DH gets home to get tested for strep.
* * * all of my kids have had a flu shot. They didn't test him for flu, thank god. Those things hurt. He said they treat flu like they treat all viruses. And it's some kind of virus, maybe flu, maybe not. I'm glad they didn't subject him to the flu swab. He was miserable enough. Crying in his sleep. It's bad, whatever it is.
* * * * Ok, just got back from urgent care for me and DD. They said there is another virus going around that is causing fever, sore throat, and sinus infection. She prescribed antibiotics for me and DD, and some cough syrup with codeine for me, DD, and YDS. SHe said while it is ok to give YDS the vicodin, its dangerous because of the overdose risk. If I were to forget that I already gave him a dose, and gave him another one, it could be fatal. Codeine carries less risk. And that if I was going to continue to give him the vicodin, to make a chart listing the times and what not, and to use extreme caution.
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