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Is this just 'normal' baby illness?

(34 Posts)
Judyandherdreamofhorses Sun 24-Mar-13 18:27:03

Silly title. I'm quite anxious over DS's (9 months) health. He was 'failure to thrive' before Christmas and in hospital for a week with an NG tube following a d&v bug.

He had the cold/ cough generally nasty bug that the whole family had a few weeks ago. After about 10 days of that was given antibiotics for suspected throat infection as he wasn't really getting better. A week after stopping those, he was poorly again. Lethargic, high temp, vomiting. GP diagnosed a chest infection on Thursday and he's on antibiotics again.

Not lethargic anymore, but refusing most breastfeeds, all water, and most solids. He is vomiting after almost every feed and has revolting nappies (leaking, runny, frequent, pale and stinky).

He has dry lips, looking a little blistered. GP again tomorrow, or is this just how a poorly baby is?

beautifulgirls Mon 25-Mar-13 22:03:25

Please trust your instinct. Don't be afraid to go back - even though your DH is a doctor and the GP has told you things are ok. DD was seen twice in 36hrs by doctors who said it was just a viral infection but I still wasn't comfortable with her - then she developed a non fading rash. Our lives were turned upside down as she fought for her life in PICU, went through dialysis and lost part of her right foot as a direct result. We are lucky she is here and still with us. Her symptoms - lethargy and vomiting in the previous 48hrs with a fever.

OpheliasWeepingWillow Mon 25-Mar-13 22:05:21

Please please check:

Has your LO milk intolerance? This sounds like my dd. Failure to thrive. Constant illness. Horrible.

Also - has your LO had IGA tested? This an indicate immune issues.

OpheliasWeepingWillow Mon 25-Mar-13 22:07:28

(both fixable BTW so don't worry but trust your instincts. I had a year of doctors telling me my dd was 'fine' until she was hospitalized five times in five months and fell of the chart)

OpheliasWeepingWillow Mon 25-Mar-13 22:08:09

And as for immediate issues I would go to A&E.

Good luck.

Does your DH have any contacts who are paediatricians? The medics I know seem to use this informal network to be able to call on for specialist advice, even friend of a friend type contacts. If there is someone you could give a ring and chat it over with then give it a go.

Judyandherdreamofhorses Wed 27-Mar-13 13:14:21

Back to GP this afternoon. He's no better than when we went on Monday. Crying inconsolably most of the time. Hasn't smiled for days. Arches back when I try to cuddle him and pushes away, but wants to be picked up.

It's the same GP though. He'll think I'm neurotic. Oh well.

narmada Wed 27-Mar-13 14:00:34

Never mind if he thinks you're neurotic. Him not wanting to be cuddled or held is not normal. Sick children usually want physical comfort - I don't think you're being neurotic, and I bet no-one else who is a mum (or dad) would think you were, either.

if there is any reflux- or allergy-related inflammation of his oesophagus, then a severe throat bug could be really painful for him. I know DS was really affected by these before he got onto the PPI drugs ....

It mightn't be that at all but it does sound like the little chap needs a thorough looking at.

Judyandherdreamofhorses Wed 27-Mar-13 18:54:20

He's been given antibiotics for the ear infection that was seen on Monday and assumed to be viral. Now assumed not to be. I suppose because it hasn't improved.

He's been a bit more cheerful this evening and enjoyed his bath. Hoping for a better night.

Judyandherdreamofhorses Wed 27-Mar-13 18:56:40

Thanks for all the advice. I will follow up on it once this particular episode has passed. I do wonder about CMPI and reflux. He's a terrible, terrible sleeper at the best of times. I have not had any period of more than 3 hours unbroken sleep since he was born. A normal night is two hourly wakings.

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