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#1 varkat

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Posted 04 April 2011 - 07:41 AM

Hi all,

I haven't posted in a long time but I'm really at a loss with this one and in need of some advice.

Lil (DD#2) hasn't been well for the past few weeks. Briefly, pneumonia, severe ear infection, oral thrush (due to all the ab's) which then turned into some horrendous mouth ulcers. I've been up to the Dr's every single day this past week b/c as well as having all these issues she has not slept in over a week. She will wake screaming, at least a dozen times a night, won't push past 30 - 40mins sleep during the day and is inconsolable. I am so tired, not to mention being 33 weeks pregnant with #3 which has it's own set of problems, and was wondering if she is having nightmares/night terrors. She is throwing herself around the cot like a scene from Poltergeist...it's terrifying to watch and really upsetting but also really aggravating for me b/c when I pick her up she punches at me and kicks me and it hurts so I get cranky with her and put her back. This whole scenario lasts anywhere from 15 - 45 mins then she's exhausted and falls asleep for maybe another half an hour when it starts up again.

I forgot to add that b/c she was in so much pain I ended up at the Emergency department on Friday night with my best mate (mum was at home with DD#1 and DH has been away interstate working for the last week). They observed her while she was having an episode and said that there was nothing clinically wrong with her other than the persistent ulcers (for which we have even more medication).

I only intended for this to be short but was wondering if any of you were experiencing this or have experienced this at some stage.

I am physically, emotionally and mentally exhausted and am at my wits end with her. I don't know what to do anymore.

If there is anyone out there that can help me that would be fantastic. I appreciate your reading this.

Kat

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Posted 04 April 2011 - 07:44 AM

She sounds like she is still in pain?

Is she having pain killers? Mouth ulcers can be awfully painful. Is she eating and drinking well?

Maybe you could ask about trying something stronger for pain for at least some of the night so you both get some sleep.



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Posted 04 April 2011 - 08:18 AM

Hi Kat,

You must be so exhausted sad.gif I hope that you get some respite soon.

I wish I had something more productive to offer but I just wanted to agree with Melissa. My husband gets terrible mouth ulcers and they REALLY knock him around. Far worse than any virus/illness etc. He gets very run down, and suffers terribly. I would say anything you can do to 1. Help with the pain and 2. Boost her immune system will probably be of some use.
Perhaps a naturopath might have some insight?

I really hope this is sorted out quickly for you and your daughter.


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Posted 04 April 2011 - 08:32 AM

Thanks girls, the paediatrician that saw her has prescribed a strong medication for night time but only panadol during the day. However, have had a look inside her mouth and they are virtually gone. She wasn't eating or drinking for about 6 days and we broke through that barrier last night...she ate soft plain pasta, diced pears and a couple of bottles of water. So I'm sure she's over the worst of the ulcers. I know she's been in pain from that and I've dealt with that to the best of my ability.

I don't know what else it could be... :-(
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Posted 04 April 2011 - 10:02 AM

What you've described is exactly what Ashton did when he went through his night terror stage.

I know how upsetting and exhausting it is because there is literally nothing you can do but wait it out.

I don't even have any advice for you I'm sorry sad.gif ash went through a stage and had them a few times a week at least, sometimes even two or three times a night, for about 10 months (all of which included my pregnancy with Harper). He eventually grew out of it, has the odd one now but only once every few weeks.

Sorry I don't have anything helpful to add sad.gif
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