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Ds might have herpes. (Went in to Ped)

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Brought him into the er last night because he's had a fever for the past few days, he's been miserable, and he had what looked like an infection on his gum. Doc says it's viral and most likely herpes and told me to wean him to prevent the spread between him and ds2 who is due on the fifteenth. We're going to take him to the doctor for bloodwork to find out for sure, but idk what to do now. The er doctor sucked at communicating. I kept trying to ask him questions about what to do, but I got nothing. Any advice? Ds is taking antivirals but the thing we brought him to the er for in the first place isn't even being treated. The doc said it's a tooth coming out. It looks like a nasty infection in his gum.



Update. So his Ped says he won't do bloodwork to verify what it is. But to continue nursing as normal and when the baby is born I should wash in between babies. And he called in a prescription for amoxicillin in case the thing on his gums doesn't get better.
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polkaspots
by Gold Member on Dec. 7, 2013 at 8:06 PM
We saw him today and said there was no reason to wean especially because he doesn't think it's herpes.

Quoting Mrs.Kubalabuku:

In general, I don't take much of what an ER doctor says seriously.  I wait until I can get in and see my regular doctor.

I mean, no disrespect.  But these ER doctors are TIRED, and often dealing with issues outside their typical area of expertise.  They do their best, but their entire purpose is either to admit you to the hospital so a doctor with more expertise in that area can help you, or patch you up enough to send you to your normal physician who can send you to specialists from there.

So make an appointment with your pediatrician ASAP to follow up.  You're supposed to follow up with the primary care provider within X days of the ER visit.

Until then, I say go about your day as normal, but keep in mind an abrupt weaning might be in your future.

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Mrs.Kubalabuku
by Bronze Member on Dec. 7, 2013 at 8:07 PM

What a relief!  ER docs really do give it their best shot, but they tend to just not know sometimes.  Hope his mouth clears up soon.  :)

Quoting polkaspots: We saw him today and said there was no reason to wean especially because he doesn't think it's herpes.

Quoting Mrs.Kubalabuku:

In general, I don't take much of what an ER doctor says seriously.  I wait until I can get in and see my regular doctor.

I mean, no disrespect.  But these ER doctors are TIRED, and often dealing with issues outside their typical area of expertise.  They do their best, but their entire purpose is either to admit you to the hospital so a doctor with more expertise in that area can help you, or patch you up enough to send you to your normal physician who can send you to specialists from there.

So make an appointment with your pediatrician ASAP to follow up.  You're supposed to follow up with the primary care provider within X days of the ER visit.

Until then, I say go about your day as normal, but keep in mind an abrupt weaning might be in your future.


polkaspots
by Gold Member on Dec. 7, 2013 at 8:07 PM
I have been nursing as usual so far and fortunately I'll be able to continue that at least until the baby is born. Then we'll have to set some limits since I'll have to wash in between nursing sessions and ill have a whole other baby to nurse.

Quoting tabi_cat1023:

hmmm I dont think I would stress about it honestly.  I would nurse as normal.

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beethann
by Member on Dec. 7, 2013 at 8:08 PM

how would your ds have gotten herpes at such a young age?

I would get a second opinion!

polkaspots
by Gold Member on Dec. 7, 2013 at 8:08 PM
Thanks. He's been miserable the past few days.

Quoting Mrs.Kubalabuku:

What a relief!  ER docs really do give it their best shot, but they tend to just not know sometimes.  Hope his mouth clears up soon.  :)

Quoting polkaspots: We saw him today and said there was no reason to wean especially because he doesn't think it's herpes.



Quoting Mrs.Kubalabuku:

In general, I don't take much of what an ER doctor says seriously.  I wait until I can get in and see my regular doctor.

I mean, no disrespect.  But these ER doctors are TIRED, and often dealing with issues outside their typical area of expertise.  They do their best, but their entire purpose is either to admit you to the hospital so a doctor with more expertise in that area can help you, or patch you up enough to send you to your normal physician who can send you to specialists from there.

So make an appointment with your pediatrician ASAP to follow up.  You're supposed to follow up with the primary care provider within X days of the ER visit.

Until then, I say go about your day as normal, but keep in mind an abrupt weaning might be in your future.


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polkaspots
by Gold Member on Dec. 7, 2013 at 8:10 PM
Oral herpes is extremely common in kids, most people are exposed to it by the time they reach adulthood. But I did get a second opinion, I went to his pediatrician today who thinks it's not herpes but wants us to continue the antiviral just in case.
It's the herpes that causes cold sores, not the genital kind.


Quoting beethann:

how would your ds have gotten herpes at such a young age?

I would get a second opinion!

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beethann
by Member on Dec. 7, 2013 at 8:16 PM


Quoting polkaspots: Oral herpes is extremely common in kids, most people are exposed to it by the time they reach adulthood. But I did get a second opinion, I went to his pediatrician today who thinks it's not herpes but wants us to continue the antiviral just in case.
It's the herpes that causes cold sores, not the genital kind.


Quoting beethann:

how would your ds have gotten herpes at such a young age?

I would get a second opinion!

oh I know all that. I have just never heard of a baby getting oral herpes. I would think it would be extremly rare. I'm glad you got a second opinion though.

polkaspots
by Gold Member on Dec. 7, 2013 at 8:17 PM
He's 22 months old, so not quite a baby. We still have no idea where he picked up whatever it is, whether it's herpes or not.

Quoting beethann:


Quoting polkaspots: Oral herpes is extremely common in kids, most people are exposed to it by the time they reach adulthood. But I did get a second opinion, I went to his pediatrician today who thinks it's not herpes but wants us to continue the antiviral just in case.

It's the herpes that causes cold sores, not the genital kind.




Quoting beethann:

how would your ds have gotten herpes at such a young age?

I would get a second opinion!

oh I know all that. I have just never heard of a baby getting oral herpes. I would think it would be extremly rare. I'm glad you got a second opinion though.

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IrishIz
by Silver Member on Dec. 7, 2013 at 8:42 PM
Impetigo?

Quoting polkaspots: The er doctor thought it was herpes because the sores on his lips look like herpes. And he was vomiting and had a fever, which are symptoms of oral herpes. His Ped doesn't think it's herpes though, he said it was something else I can't spell or pronounce.



Quoting IrishIz: Wait a minute...





What makes him think he has herpes?
polkaspots
by Gold Member on Dec. 7, 2013 at 8:45 PM
No these look more like blisters than scabs. Coxsackie. I finally found it online. He has a tiny one on each lip, one underneath his lip and what looks like an infected tooth but is probably just his gums being swollen and a tooth coming in.

Quoting IrishIz: Impetigo?



Quoting polkaspots: The er doctor thought it was herpes because the sores on his lips look like herpes. And he was vomiting and had a fever, which are symptoms of oral herpes. His Ped doesn't think it's herpes though, he said it was something else I can't spell or pronounce.





Quoting IrishIz: Wait a minute...







What makes him think he has herpes?
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