So today was Amélie’s 1 month check-up. Since her brother had had a mysterious illness over the weekend, we decided to bring him along as well to get him checked out. It turns out that the pediatrician took more time with Charles than she did with Amélie.
I commented a couple of days ago about how baby girl suddenly didn’t fit into her newborn clothing anymore. It’s little wonder though as she is now measuring 54.5cm. That means that in 14 days she grew 4.5cm (or almost 2 inches). Holy crap! Now that’s what I call a growth spurt. She also gained 780g (or 1 pound and 11 oz). It would seem that mama has got some pretty darned good milk.
As for Charles, well, the pediatrician was absolutely flabbergasted when she saw him and heard what had happened since last Friday. She immediately told us that it was a pretty impressive allergic reaction (hives) and urged us to talk about it with Charles’ allergist the next time we go to see her. She is pretty certain that the reaction is in response to the amox that he took to treat an ear infection as the hives started to appear the morning after he finished his prescription. She’s asking us to continue to give him Benadryl every 4 h until the hives are all gone and had us meet with a pharmacist to see what was the maximal dose we could give him.
Dada and I are both conked out from the stressful weekend and the little guy (who has always been super good about taking medication) now has to be forced to take his Benadryl (we suspect it’s because he associates it with the intense itch his hives cause). No fun!
To give you an idea of the progression of the hives, here’s what our weekend looked like:
On Friday, they were just small red spots here and there. As the day progressed, the spots got redder and larger and had raised edges.
By Sunday, most of his body was covered by either new or old spots. BUT at least he started to be in a good mood in the afternoon and started to play so we were seeing the light at the end of the tunnel!
Finally, this morning, we’re noticing that there don’t seem to be many new spots and the ugly red-bue ones that were there yesterday are gone. He also actually had breakfast: his first complete meal since Friday at lunchtime (we’ve been keeping him hydrated and have managed to get him to snack a bit over the course of the weekend). However, because of the insane amounts of Benadryl he’s been taking all weekend, he now looks like a zombie.
So milk and now, it would seem, amoxcillin. Here’s to hoping we don’t discover any new allergies.