Maggie's Ok

Thanks for the kind thoughts and the emails, my wife liked those, but I wanted to announce that my 2 1/2 year old daughter’s ok.

She was put on Augmentin which is basically Penicillin (with extra stuff) and she was fine for 6 days. On the morning of day 7, with only a bit of the drug left, she had spots on her face. I thought “Chicken Pox” and called my wife at work. She told me to check Maggie’s belly for a rash (an outbreak of Scarlett Fever hit playgroup about 10 days before). She had the rash, Linda rushed home.

By now the “chicken pox” on her face were turning into hives. The doctor diagnosed it an allergic reaction (naturally I had given her the Augmenten that very morning) and what followed was Maggie transforming into “Puff-Baby”. Her hands swelled, her feet ballooned and turned dark red to purple-black, her joints looked bruised, and her face puffed up so she looked like Rocky Balboa after Rocky 1. I even got her to say “Yo Adrian!”

She’s two and this was just horrible for all of us. Mainly for her, and probably also for my wife… she’s a nurse and therefore aware of all the worst case scenarios.

Thankfully it never hit her lungs, though it did make an ugly stop at her tongue. Poor little girl. Anyway, she’s 100% now, it’s remarkable how fast this comes on and leaves. Still, 4 days of suffering child is a lot to bear, thankfully I had work to occupy my mind while she fitfully slept. We’re aware how lucky she got. A systemic reaction can be deadly.

Anyway, thanks again for the kind thoughts.

Good for you guys, Andrew. What a scary thing to have happen!

I must have missed this before but good to hear things are all right Bub.

– Xaroc

I sort of buried it in a comic book thread. The doctor did look at me at one point and said: “Could be worse, could be peanuts.” At the time I was annoyed but now that there’s distance, man, she was right. Penicillan is pretty easy to avoid, but peanuts? Or bee stings? What a way to live.

I thought about your girl when I saw a report today on a one year old who suffered from an accelerated heart rate of like 200. To treat it, they put a large, cold bag of ice directly over her mouth and entire face. Miraculously this works, although it makes you wonder who first thinks of these treatments and then tries them out. She is on medication now to treat it, but yikes. So far so good with my 20 month old.

All that said, glad she’s doing well and stay away from moldy bread. :)

I didn’t see the original either. I never read those comic book threads.

I have an allergy to penicillan. Here’s something to think about. Make sure when Maggie grows up she has a sense for what her reaction was like. I can’t tell you the number of times I have told doctors I am allergic and they have questioned me about my initial reaction–which I don’t remember because it happened when I was young. My parents didn’t keep a record and couldn’t recall the details.

A couple weeks ago, my 21-month-old son had a severe reaction after eating his first bite of peanut butter. This come a week or so after he was diagnosed with that thing doctors refuse to call asthma that’s basically asthma. The culprit was assumed to be peanuts and while he recovered pretty well, my wife and I had to frantically read up on peanut and related food allergies to try to keep it from happening again. It’s amazing how much stuff peanut oil is in. And it is almost always a lifelong allergy. And it causes the most serious reactions. Scary. Soy (we discovered) is even more prevalent and about as common an allergen. But it also doesn’t have the severity of reaction that peanut does.

So the strange thing is that we keep Andrew (er, my son, not Bub) off antihistamines so that they can test his allergies a week later. He’s mostly okay for a week, but starts having smaller reactions to things he’s eaten a lot of for months before – strawberries, Eggo waffles. We spend the whole week panicking and thinking he has a whole host of food allergies.

Take him to the specialist, they do scratch tests and determine that he has no food allergies at all. Those tests aren’t perfect, though, so we’re waiting on some new ones. Still, they pricked him with peanut protein and got zilch for a response. Maybe we’ll get lucky. Anyway, food allergies in a toddler are definitely not anything I would wish on any parent.

As a coincidence, I had an allergic reaction to pennicillin when I was in grade school. Got painful hives under the skin on the bottom of my feet. One of those illnesses you never forget. Glad to hear things are better, Bub! Hang in there!

Hey, Andrew, glad to here everything turned out OK. I had an allergic reaction to a broad-spectrum antibiotic, Biaxin, and that was pretty uncomfortable as an, er, adult. I can only imagine how it be for a toddler. Kids are resilient though, aren’t they?

Again, my wife is a nurse so we have a rather distrubing photographic record of the whole ordeal. Luckily I have a digital camera, I realized that a photo lab tech would probably report child abuse after seeing these shots. The swelling and bruising (which actually wasn’t bruising) looked so horrible. The amazing thing is how now, after all that, the only evidence it happened are the scratch marks on her legs and feet. They itched horribly.

Levine, I’m allergic to most everything. A scratch test for Maggie (and #2 on the way) is definitely going to happen. (I empathize with you Chris) Thank god it isn’t food allergies.

Jeez! About all my 20 mo. old will eat nowadays is strawberry Eggo waffles, PB&J, and apples. She’d be down to just apples and Cheerios. I am going home tonight and tell my wife how lucky/blessed/whatever we are. Good luck Chris to you and yours.

Best of luck to you too Chris. It’s just incredibly hard to see a little one go through anything painful. When my boy was 2 years, he fell and split his lip. He needed two stiches so he wouldn’t scar. I had to hold him down while the doc sewed him up. Boy, did it suck to be me that day. But at least with me it was over in half an hour or so. I would have difficulty with the waiting game you guys are playing.

Good thinking. It seems like you’d never forget it when it happens, but 10-20 years later, everyone remembers something different.

“He needed two stiches so he wouldn’t scar. I had to hold him down while the doc sewed him up.”

My oldest had to get stitches in his forehead when he was about 2. They brought in this board thing with straps and they strapped him in. They had him wrapped up like a mummy so they could sew him up.

Interesting. I had an allergy to penicillin, almost killed me too. Thing is, it seems to have “gone away” mysteriously.

I never had a problem with penicillin-based antibiotics…until I suddenly developed an allergy to it a year ago. It was pretty mild reaction, but the docs say the next time could be bad news, so no more penicillin for me. SpoOky!

You said an outbreak of Scarlet Fever in the playgroup? I had it when I was a kid, but I thought that aflliction had vanished. I don’t have kids, so I’m not up to date on my maladies.

I’m really glad to hear that she’s okay, Bub. I’m in the “I didn’t even hear about this until it was over” crowd, but geez – what a nightmare. Glad it’s over, and that it ended well. I can imagine that a 2-year-old with an allergic reaction is brutal, in more ways than one. Poor kid – and poor parents.

ha, i have the same thing… and im allergic to asprin too

and hope everything goes well with your daughter Andrew… unlike my grandpa who just past this tuesday…

I can’t believe how many people here are allergic to penicillin. Me too!

(By the way, if you ever get hurt in a foreign country, being allergic to penicillin can be really bad - they might not have an alternative)

I was allergic to chicken feathers when I was a kid. We actually had pillows stuffed with 'em and it messed me up. I bet you’d have trouble finding chicken feather pillows now. I call that progress!