I need your opinions.
Colin has been sick for what seems like forever. He had an ear infection in January that was treated with Amoxicillin. On February 9th we went to the doctor and he had RSV and infection in both ears. He had breathing treatments for the RSV, which is better now. He had a round of Augmentin for the ear infection. We went back on February 24th, and both ears were still infected, but our doctor wanted to wait a few days before putting him on another round of antibiotics. We went back last Friday (the 27th) and they were still infected, so they put him on Augmentin again. We were told to come back in 10-14 days to have him checked again. If his ears weren’t better by then, we would be referred to an ENT and Colin might have to have tubes in his ears.
So, now he’s been on this round of antibiotic for four days, and he is miserable. He is fussier than he has been the entire time he’s been sick. He is pulling at his right ear and scratching his head, which he has not really done the entire time his ears have been infected. The worst part, however, is that the antibiotic is giving him terrible diarrhea. He has had 2-3 blow outs each day that require complete outfit changes, plus several other smaller diarrhea diapers. He cries when you wipe his bottom because it is so raw. What most concerns me is that he has only gained a few ounces in the last two months, and he has fallen down on the growth charts. He’s not a great eater to start with and he’s really not eating well because he doesn’t feel well, and then the diarrhea further compounds the weight-gain problem.
Here’s the question: I’m supposed to give him the antibiotic for 10 days and then have him checked again. What I want to do is stop the antibiotic today and make an appointment with the doctor tomorrow (I’m working today) and insist on the the ENT referral. Is that being too pushy? Should I just be patient, continue the antibiotic, and have him checked next week, even though it’s making him miserable?
I’m certainly not anxious for Colin to have a surgery, but I feel like that’s where we’re headed anyway. I’ve heard the that tubes are no big deal. Does anyone have experience with this?