I was going to write so many different posts today but as I was brushing my teeth and getting into my pajamas (yes, at quarter to eight) a whole range of differing thoughts were going through my head. I was trying to sort out the advice I had been given and what to do with it.
And it really pissed me off.
I have a sick baby. He’s been sick since the start of June. He’s had a vicious ear infection that had him heated to 39.5 degrees for five days. He had a middle ear infection that had our whole house delirious when he cried out every half hour, all through the night for three nights. And he’s had croup. When he was sleeping (only if he was under my arm,) I couldn’t sleep with worry that his airways were restricting, maybe so much he’d struggle to breathe.
So as I was brushing my teeth I was going through the things I’ve been told by Doctor’s and Nurses this month. The below advice was given by three Doctors face to face, an emergency room Doctor and Registered Nurses, during four over the phone consultations:
“Most ear infections don’t react to antibiotics…but this one’s bacterial and won’t clear up without it
Only give him panadol…it’s safest
No, don’t only give him panadol…ear infections are seriously painful, give him both at the same time
Panadol goes through the kidneys, nurofen goes through the liver – that’s why you can give them both during the same period
The antibiotic he was on for the middle ear infection wasn’t working…change antibiotic
You may need a stronger antibiotic, children are becoming immune to the mild ones
He probably doesn’t have an ear infection, the croup virus will cause the pinkness in the ears…you should probably stop the antibiotics
No, don’t stop the antibiotics you could make him immune to the antibiotics in the future, if he gets the same illness again.”
…And this is just a small example of differing medical opinions.
No one really knows.
It is an educated guessing game. The Doctors I’ve seen don’t even pretend to be surprised when you come back and completely discredit their original idea and treatment when there is a new symptom.
It reminds me of an episode of House where they just keep poking, prodding and drug-trialling the patient until they get better (or not).
As with advice about helath and diets, medical education is being updated by the minute and it’s pretty clear to me that no one I’ve been talking to is keeping up.
We are ultimately responsible for the health and safety of our children but not a lot of Mum’s out there have medical degrees. I try to be the best Mum I can and keep educated on the best way to fuel their little bodies and boost their immune system but the assault from illness, particularly in winter, is relentless.
Has it always been this way? Or is it becoming an epidemic that even good nutrition and health practices can’t keep up with?
I applaud the Doctors featured in the article that was shared on the I Quit Sugar facebook page today. They pointed out that Doctor’s are only focused on reactive practices and GP’s are not focused on informing their patients of the lifestyle changes that could prevent future illnesses. See the full article at soulsessions.com.au
Food for thought.
Meanwhile I have booked Leo in for yet another Doctor’s appointment next week, when our GP gets back from her seven week holiday… and he still needs to get his six month old vaccinations.
Fun times ahead.