Mycoplasma, Strep, and Antibiotics, Oh My!

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More ill health to write about…

As an aside, it seems like the frequency of illness goes up exponentially with the number of kids in the house.

Anyway, Son #4 is currently on antibiotics. Earlier this week he came down with what we thought was a virus. As things progressed, however, we got a bit more worried. He developed a “gagging” cough that bordered on uncontrollable at times, and was also running a consistent fever. We also learned that a little girl in his preschool class was recently hospitalized with a Mycoplasma infection that resulted in atypical (i.e., walking) pneumonia.

Given his symptoms and the this little tidbit of information, the doctor prescribed antibiotics (azithromycin in the form of a Zithromax Z-Pack). And guess what? This morning, he’s noticeably better. The cough still comes back a bit, but it’s much improved and the fever is gone.

Next up… Son #3 has been feeling a bit under the weather for the past couple of weeks. We’ve attributed much of this to his continuing recovery from his tonsilectomy and adenoidectomy. We’re confident that he doesn’t have an ear infection despite periodic ear discomfort. However, strep has been going around the elementary school, and he was starting to show signs consistent with a strep infection. So… We took him in for a throat culture. Negative. But this Mycoplasma issue has us wondering. The doctor wrote us a prescription for azithromycin (in the form of another Z-Pack) just in case, but we’ve opted against having it filled until we have a better handle on what’s going on.

Finally, Son #1 awoke this morning with a raging sore throat. Given his history with strep as well as its prevalence at school right now, we’re not taking any chances. The jury is still out on this one

That leaves Son #2. After a rough baby- and toddlerhood, when it seemed like he caught every bug on the face of the earth and had almost continual ear infections, he’s pretty much bulletproof at this point. He’s like the anti-germ. I suspect he’s resistant to pretty much everything because he’s already had it all.

Published on May 15th, 2008 - 5 Comments
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  1. We’re in the same boat this spring as well. Just when you think you shouldn’t have to worry about this stuff because it warming up outside, whamm-o.

    Our 3 kids have been trading ear infections, pneumonia and a nasty cough for the last 4 weeks. Now our eldest seems to have picked up a stomach bug last night… Nothing like changing sheets and running a load of wash at 3 in the morning.

    We’re one behind you in numbers but it still makes for many sleepless nights.

    Comment by Owen — May 15th 2008 @ 8:49 am
  2. Wow, that’s a lot going on. And I think you’re right, illnesses increase in proportion to the number of kids in the house. I’m actually impressed that you and your wife are still healthy!

    Comment by Chief Family Officer — May 16th 2008 @ 12:13 am
  3. Oh, we’ve had our share of it too – I get to kid with my wife that she was able to spend all of Mother’s Day in bed… of course she was in the fetal position with a bucket by her pillow.

    None the less, I tell everyone she got her dream Mother’s Day gift!

    Comment by Owen — May 16th 2008 @ 8:17 am
  4. Thanks for participating in this week’s Carnival of Family Life by contributing this post! The Carnival is at ice cream is not for breakfast this week and will be live on Monday, May 19, 2008, so drop by and check out some of the other excellent articles included in this edition!

    Comment by JHS — May 18th 2008 @ 12:58 am
  5. Here’s a suggestion to help you! Any time you go on an antibiotic prescription–you have just about put down your immune system. Those drugs are not discriminating and pretty much destroy your body’s basic defenses, along with the current invader making you ill. Do yourself a favor and put your kids/yourself on acidophilus for twice as many days as you were on the antibiotic. And if your kid has chronic “otitis media” otherwise known as ear infections, keep them on acidophilus all winter long! You will be pleasantly shocked at the results you’ll get.

    Lots of choices out there now with the new yogurt products–Activia, Dannon, Yoplait all have immune boosting products and contain organisms meant to boost your immune system. If you just can’t stand the taste of yogurt, go to your health food store and buy it in chewable tablets or capsules–and keep it in the frig or the helpful organisms die! By all means do not let your dr. put anyone in your family on 3 consecutive rounds of antibiotics without doing this in-between. I’ve read about people dying because there was nothing left that could help them because they used too much of a good thing!
    A-C-I-D-O-P-H-I-L-U-S–go get some!

    Comment by jazzynana — May 30th 2008 @ 7:47 am

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