DD2 (12 months) has a throat infection and Dr prescribed penicillin. She started to take it yesterday and today she has puffy eyes and a rash on her nose/face. Obviously this could be the infection but was wondering whether it could be a reaction to the penicillin?
My DS had a reaction to penicillin when young and has never had it since. Does anyone know whether this is for life, or do they grow out of it? In case of OP I think you are doing the right thing in going back to the doctor.
Could be either - go back and check. DS has a rash all over - no-one could be 100% sure it was reaction to the penicillin and not just a viral rash, but not wanting to take a chance he was declared to be allergic. Interestingly the GP decided not to take the chance with DD either even though she has never actually had penicillin.
AbbeyA - my attitude with DS is that it is just not worth the risk, since a mild reaction the first time could turn into a very serious reaction were he to be given it again - so yes, I think it is for life, but it's not a huge deal.
I have an appointment later on. They have told me to stop giving her the penicillin. I assume they will give me an alternative antibiotic. Hope she is better soon, very upsetting to see her cry like this.
Good luck - poor LO. If they do suspect it to be a reaction to the penicillin they will probably give her antihistamines to settle the rash down, which make her feel a lot better (and probably make her go to sleep).
It's probably itchy and uncomfortable - especially with puffy eyes. DS got a lot 'worse' when he reacted to the penicillin, but it was hard to tell what was the chest infection and what was the reaction IYSWIM.
Went to the GP, he prescribed eythromycin but said she would never be able to have penicillin again. I hope this is not too bad a thing in the future, if she was ill again. As soon as I stopped the penicillin, the rash disappeared within hours.
Rebelmum, thanks for that, will do. I usually give her natural yogurt mixed with fruit but will buy the live stuff. Hope her gut is okay!