Andrew is still sleeping. He had a visit to Prompt Care at 8pm last night. The little guy had been complaining about an itchy spot on his leg all afternoon and into the evening hours when I realized that those little itchies were starting to cover his stomach, legs and back. I have to admit that I got a little panicky when I realized how fast they were spreading and how much more miserable he was getting. So, instead of waiting until morning or God forbid, the middle of the night when it got really bad, I packed up the kids and made the 15 minute drive to Prompt Care with only 5 minutes to spare before they closed.
I apologized to the receptionist and told her that maybe I didn’t even need to be there, but at the rate these little spots were spreading, I didn’t know what to do. The lady reassured me that with this kind of thing, it was better to be safe and get him checked out.
The Doctor ruled out Chicken Pox (even tho Andrew has had the vaccine), strep and hives. It was most likely an allergic reaction to something or a result of his body fighting off some flu-virus. He prescribed prednisone and we were on our way home.
Now, I’m not one to just give my children any type of medicine without researching and making sure it is absolutely necessary. So, naturally I was concerned about giving my 2 year old steroids. The doctor had mentioned that we could first try giving him Benadryl see how it was before giving him the steroid, so my husband and I decided that this was the best first step and to then see how he was in the morning.
I’ve only given Andrew Benadryl once and it made him really, really loopy. So, I’m glad it was bedtime and he would sleep off the side-effects and hopefully be better in the morning.
Neither one of my kids has any allergies, so this was new to me. But, the more I think about it….I think it may be a reaction to something other than fighting off some virus.
After analyzing the day and thinking about everything Andrew had to eat, I think I may know what caused it. Eggs. Now, we normally eat eggs like they’re never gonna have them again and they are a huge part of our diet. But, this is my thinking….
We have been getting farm fresh eggs from our friend since the beginning of the Summer. Our friends have many different chickens which means we get many different eggs that are FREE of any hormones, pesticides or any of the yucky stuff you get in store eggs. Good, right? Right. I’m still sure of that.
But, Andrew has been getting these little itchy spots for months and months now, just not on a large scale like last night and we didn’t know what was causing them. We thought maybe fleas- but didn’t find any on our animals or in our house, we thought bed bugs – even though we didn’t see them, we bought a new mattress for him. We just didn’t know.
The reason I suspect maybe eggs, is that last night Andrew helped me make brownies and licked the spoon after I put in the eggs AND he had a big ol’ hard boiled egg right before the spots really started coming on.
Now, I know that he’s been eating eggs since he was 1, but I’m wondering if with different kind of chickens, come different chances of allergies. After all, the eggs look different, taste slightly different, and are free of anything that could kill any bacteria.
I know that I could be really reaching here, but it’s the only thing I can come up with that is different.
I’m going to wait until he gets up and is moving around to see how he’s doing and then decide to call our regular doctor to get her opinion on what’s going on. In the meantime, I know that I need to keep a check on everything Andrew eats and puts on his body.
So, what do you think? Do you think the eggs could be causing this weird reaction?
UPDATE: Andrew woke up feeling pretty good this morning. Still itchy, but wasn’t breaking out in new spots like last night. I haven’t seen any new spots on him today and the ones from last night are fading. Praise God! I’m keeping a close eye on him and what he eats so we can figure this out.
Thank you for your concerns! I’ll keep you posted!