Well, I had one of those I'm glad it is there, but never wanted to use it moments yesterday.
Over the weekend, Colby was running a very low grade fever (nothing over 100.5ish). We were giving him Tylenol and Motrin to keep the fever down and him comfortable. Ok fine... this could be a fluke, this could be teething, this could be a mild cold... who knows! Just keep an eye on him and wait to see what is going on.
Sunday morning the fever was pretty much totally gone... yeah that's over. Ummm not quite. After his afternoon nap he woke up with a rash on his legs. That then spread to his under arms, then his arms, then his lower legs, then his face. Are you noticing something here?? Yes, there was nothing on his core. Ok again... I'm a bit worried, but he was seeming himself and still no fever. After doing some research on the internet I decide it maybe 5th disease. Ok nothing you can do about that I'll just call the dr. in the morning and see what they suggest.
Sunday night he woke up around 11:45pm and it took us forever to get him settled down. He ended up sleeping on me on the couch for the night. Ok he slept. Still no fever. We noticed that the pajamas were bothing him... ok a diaper day.
I called the dr. in the morning and they said it is most likely just some kind of viral rash in relation to the raised temp. Just keep an eye on it and him. If it changes, his fever spikes, or he has any other symptoms take him in right away.
In typical child fashion... he was fine until after the dr.'s office closed. Around 5:30 the rash on his legs began getting blueish and he was not a happy camper. So after trying to get him to have a bit of dinner I changed (I had a lazy wear my crap hang around the house clothes day), got him dressed and off we went to the local after hours pediatric care center.
Colby had a severe case of hives. They were rather concerned since they had changed color and his temp was slightly elevated again. After some Benedryl, a steriod and some tests to check his kidney function, we were sent home to try to figure out WHAT caused the reaction. We are hoping beyond hope that it was a fluke viral reaction.
So, I was always glad that we had the pediatric after hours center close by... but I had hoped we'd never need it...yeah the joys of parenting!
--Side note: Colby slept through the night and just woke up (I had to stop typing the post to get him up). There is almost no hives left... he looks so much better (o: