Two weeks ago we flew to California to visit my sister's new baby boy. Baby Mo was just getting over a cold and the plane ride made him worse. I ended up taking him to an urgent care facility near my mother's house.
This turned out to be both good and bad. It was good because at least we got a diagnosis: double ear infection, sore throat, small fever. It was bad because the prescription we recieved was wrong and the advice about pain medication was also misguided.
The doctor on call prescribed an antibiotic called Augmentin. He also gave Baby Mo a dosage of baby Motrin and recommended that I give him over-the-counter cough medicine such as Mucinex. My red flag went up.
I knew from my research that Motrin is harder on children's stomachs than Tylenol. I also knew that cough medicne is not recommended for children under the age of three or four, depending on who you ask. I asked the doctor about these concerns and he sort of shrugged them off.
I filled the prescription but decided against the Mucinex. I did give Baby Mo a few days of Motrin but stopped after he had an obvious upset stomach. When I took him to his pediatrician back in New Jersey a few days later, he was not as improved as I thought he should have been after a few days of antibiotics. The doctor took a look and sure enough, both ear infections were still raging strong.
I told the pediatrician about the urgent care visit and he said that Augmentin is not something pediatricians have made a practice of prescribing for nearly five years. He gave us Cefprozil in a different dosage instead. I also asked him about Motrin and Mucinex and he told me I was right: Motrin is too hard on their stomach and Tylenol does the same thing so better to stick to Tylenol and Mucinex is too dangerous for little ones and, in his words, "doesn't really do any good anyway."
I filled the new prescription and Baby Mo perked up within a day or two. All better now!
I was discouraged that the urgent care doctor had given us such bad information but was also encouraged that I was up on my own research and knew enough to trust myself. Lesson being: don't fly until the baby is all better and when your red flag goes up, listen to it! Sometimes Mother Does Know Best!! I know doctors are not Gods and this was just a small misdirection that wasn't life threatening but still, it shouldn't happen.