1. I'll start by saying I'm not looking for medical advice. I'm just really worried and need to 'vent' (augh, I hate that word)...

    My daughter and her 2 year old are with me now. He started with a gastro thing over the weekend which seemed to get better. Probably because he gave it to us. It really knocked us on our butts but he seemed to be ok except for not eating as well as usual.

    He got back last night after 2 days with his father, and they told us he'd started with the diarrhea again. But no fever, appetite so-so, but drinking and peeing fine.

    He left with my daughter early this morning (she works in his daycare) and they just got home about 45 minutes ago.

    When he walked in the house, I was in shock. You know how, as a nurse, you can just look at someone and go "uh oh"?

    He was pale, and I swear he looked skinnier than when he left this morning. I asked her if he ate, and she said they told her not really, and that he'd had 2 diarrhea stools while there. He proceeded to have another after they got home.

    I know my daughter thought I was nuts, but I told her to get him to the urgent care. She said something along the lines of 'well he's drinking and up til today he's been playing and acting happy'. Her docs have drilled it into her head that as long as he's running about, don't worry. Well, my point was with what he's been through if you wait until he's flopped out, he's really sick. I'm not a peds nurse, but I know that kids will run and play even when they are sick. And he's being fussy (which he never is) and pretty much listless.

    She called the triage nurse at the doc's, and I told her to tell them she's bringing him in--- don't ask for an appointment, TELL them they're going to see the child. I could tell from this end of the conversation, they were not wanting him to come in and I was ready to grab the phone myself when she did manage to convince them to see him urgently. She took along a diaper for a sample, and I told her that it was possible he might need some IVs or even hospitalization. She got all upset, but there was no time to get into it.

    I'm really worried. He looked bad. Poor baby.

    So here I sit on pins and needles waiting to see what's going to happen.
  2. 56 Comments

  3. by   Joe NightingMale
    I hope everything turns out well. Hopefully it's just a touch of gastroenteritis and dehydration.
  4. by   TheCommuter
    I'll keep my fingers crossed, hoping that your grandchild recuperates swiftly.
  5. by   EmmaG
    I'm sure it's dehydration. He just looked so puny. In a way, I hope they do admit or at least give him some fluids. I realize kids this age get picky, but his appetite has been pretty bad--- he is even refusing stuff he normally loves. Hasn't been sleeping well either.
  6. by   EmmaG
    He loves to eat =\

    (first encounter with spaghetti)

    (2nd birthday a few weeks ago)

    Poor bald-headed, dehydrated baby
  7. by   TheCommuter
    He sure is gorgeous!
  8. by   jmgrn65
    Aw (((((HUGS))))) Keep us posted.
  9. by   zooz
    Awww... EG, he is so adorable.

    I hope he gets better soon. Keep us updated!
  10. by   Joe NightingMale
    Great pics!
  11. by   muffie
    awwwwwwwwwwwwwww gramma goldstein ...
  12. by   ElvishDNP
    Awwww, EG, he's so dang cute.
    And I can relate. My son is typically a very mild-mannered, easy child. So when he starts being a crankybutt, I know something is up.
    I do hope he's better soon. Poor widdle guy.
  13. by   EmmaG

    Well, they are back...

    Turns out he has severe bilateral middle ear infections. WTH? No fevers, no pulling at the ears... although that explain the poor appetite and sleep. The doc wasn't concerned about the gastro symptoms. Didn't test the stool. Ah well. I remember my kids would sometimes get that with ear infections.

    Daughter was ticked because the doc got snarky with her about his ears--- didn't believe her that he hadn't been pulling at them, etc.

    He still isn't eating, but we're getting him to drink some.

    Thanks for putting up with my paranoia all lol.

    Poor little thing still looks puny
  14. by   EmmaG
    BTW, 10 days of generic omnicef (1 teaspoon QD)= $107.

    Dear LORD.