Monday, June 23, 2008

Visit to the Pediatrician

I took Aiden back to his pedi. on Friday for a few things, mainly his reflux, but I also wanted to check on this pin-sized hole under his double chin, a crusty eye, and the vestibular system.With doctor costs now-a-days, might as well get it all done in one visit!

Reflux - Aiden was taking Axid and I was using Good Start w/ iron (this was after he kept throwing up from using Prosobe and nursing), but the rivers kept on flowing each time I fed him. It gets pretty old having to change both of our outfits over 5 times a day. His dr. told me to switch to Good Start Soy plus she changed his medication from Axid to Zantac. Seems to be doing the trick! He's still spitting up, but just normal baby spit up. My fingers are crossed it stays this way! If not, they'll have to put him on a second reflux med. and I hate him having to take any at all!

Crusty eye - no problem ... just massage the gland and if it keeps crusting bring him back for antibiotics.

Pin-sized hole on his neck - This is known as Brachial Cleft Sinus. I had noticed it when he was born, but with everything else going on, kept forgetting to ask about it, plus it's hidden under his chin (on his neck). Every once in awhile it drains. His dr. was glad I pointed it out and wanted me to schedule surgery before our trip. She said it was like a step was skipped during development and this part of him wasn't "closed up". She wanted me to call the pediatric surgeon ASAP, but suggested I talk to my ENT first. Great, what else can go on! When I got home I called his ENT and they scheduled an appt. for us to come in when we get back from vacation (in 2 wks). They didn't seem to be as concerned and told me they do they've done these surgeries before. I also asked the pedi. if this was something related to any syndromes with hearing loss (we don't know the cause of Aiden's loss), and she said no ... so that made me feel a little more at ease. With all this said, it doesn't seem to be a big surgery, but no mom wants to see her baby go into any surgery, no matter what age, no matter what type! Go
here to read more about it.

I'm telling ya ... this boy is going to be one tough cookie ... and so is his mama! With my other two I've only dealt with colds & viruses, maybe a bee sting here or there. Only time we had to go to the hospital was for their births! Oh well ... third ones a charm right?!


Bill and Shelly said...

Having just gone through our minor surgery with Jordan, I fully understand what you are feeling. No parent wants to hand their baby off to nurses and doctors, but the good thing about it is our babies will not remember any of it.
It sounds like you are on top of things.
Enjoy your vacation

leahlefler said...

It is so hard to hand your baby over for surgery! They do fine, but Mom and Dad have the hard time. I know how hard it is when you don't know the cause of the hearing loss- the stress and worry about syndromes is always somewhere in the background. We take everything one day at a time and every single thing our little guy does makes us more relieved each day. I know that someday all this worry will be behind us!

Anonymous said...

Can't wait till I can get down there and teach him things that you don't want him to know. Hopefully soon!


The Parker Family said...

Stopping by thru Pick's page.
I hope the surgery goes well. I can't imagine having my baby go thru surgery.
Regarding the reflux... my oldest (now only 4) had reflux pretty bad as a baby - he was on Zantac until he was about 18 months old. Went on it at 6 weeks, but without it he and I were both miserable.
Good luck with everything.

Anonymous said...

I don't want to make you worry any more than needed, but there are some syndromes that cause both hearing loss and the branchial clefts like you've described.