Reaction, 2 days in hospital
On Tuesday at 4:30, my 4-year-old ds had a flu shot. I felt badly for him, so we stopped at Burger King. He had a plain hamburger with no bun and a few french fries a kid's coke Icee to drink. He begged for an apple pie from McDs on the way home and I gave him one.
At 6 pm he had two little hives on his cheek. Gave him Benedryl and they went away. At 8 pm he had one little hive on his chin and around 3-4 little ones on his neck. We put him into the bathtub and they went away.
At 10 pm he ate a few Pringles (maybe 4 or 5) and started coughing very badly. He then threw up. The coughing then stopped and he appeared to be fine.
We struggled with this one. I called the doctor and he said to NOT give the Epi, but bring him to the ER. We went to the ER where they did not give Epi because they said that it was mild enough to not give it. They did give an IV with steriod and Benedryl. He was kept for observation and then released Wednesday afternoon. He still coughs a little bit in the morning, but no other symptoms. He is currently taking Atavan (or is it Atarax- I'm tired and a little off-kielter), Xopenex twice a day and Orapred (steriod). This is on top of his normal meds which are Flovent 220, Singulair and Nasonex.
So what caused it? I don't know. Our allergist said that we should have used the Epi. There was debate about this between my hubby and I. I wanted to give, he did not. Our peditrician agreed with hubby. Allergist agreed with me.
Now ped. says no more flu shots, which really worries me because ds is very asthmatic. He has had the shot every year with no issues.
He is allergic to dairy and peanuts.