My baby is sick :(

Did they catheterize him at all while you have been there?
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves
Yes, when we first came in, but that's the urine sample that was positive for the UTI, so it must have been there already. When he was born, he never left my sight, so I don't think he would have caught it then. I guess it's one of those things that sometimes just happen.
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Did they catheterize him at all while you have been there?
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves
Yes, when we first came in, but that's the urine sample that was positive for the UTI, so it must have been there already. When he was born, he never left my sight, so I don't think he would have caught it then. I guess it's one of those things that sometimes just happen.
Originally Posted by Bailey422


Yeah, it's probably just one of those things. Still...he could have caught it in the hospital after he was born and he has just been brewing it for the last few weeks. Hospital bacteria are especially virulent and even a quick exam done by the doc/nurse as a newborn could have given it to him, especially if anyone tried to retract the foreskin at all. I've seen doctors do that with my own eyes...doctors who have spent 12 years in college (so I know they're not stupid) and should know not to retract a foreskin, just trying to yank it back...because they "just want to take a quick look".

I hope he feels better and you get to go home soon.
Well, it turns out Dylan has a UTI. How in the world he got it is beyond me... I thought boys don't really get these. According to the doctor that talked to DH (I went home to shower), it's because he's not circumcised. Grrrr! Then again this is the same Dr who didn't bother asking how I feed my baby, but instead asked what brand of formula he gets.

They still want to keep us for 48 hours, so hopefully we can go home tomorrow morning or early afternoon.
Originally Posted by Bailey422
Are they going to test him for reflux? If a baby boy gets a UTI that's usually why, and its the most common reason for UTIs in newborns. Its a weakness in the urethra that allows urine to flow back into the urinary tract/kidneys making them prone to infection.

In my son's case, no one ever suggested lack of circumcision as the reason for his UTI (I even asked about it). The doctor thought it had started brewing in utero.


Yay, we're finally home! They did an ultrasound on him and everything looked good, so they sent us home with antibiotics and a follow-up visit with our ped tomorrow. We also have to come back next week for a VCUG (I think that's what it's called), where they inject a dye into his bladder and do another U/S (I think that's what you're talking about, mad scientist). I'm so glad to be home, and I think Dylan is too. He was looking around all content when we first came in. I really hope everything will clear up b/c I REALLY don't want to repeat this. I thought labor was the longest 2 days of my life, but being in the hospital with a sick baby definitely beat that.
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I'm glad you guys are home and doing well! ((hugs)) I remember how horrible the experience is.

Its great that the u/s looked good. DS's had shown a hydronephrosis (hardening of the kidney walls) which was the first clue that it was a kidney infection and reflux. If your DS's kidneys look good then this may have just been a random occurence and not reflux.

The VCUG isn't fun either, although I have to say the urology nurse was about a bzillion times more competent at putting in a catheter than anyone on the pediatrics unit. Hopefully the procedure will go smoothly!


Did Lucas have his VCUG yet? How is he doing?

Just thinking about you guys and hope everything is going well!


Thanks for thinking about us!

Yup, Dylan had the VCUG and it came back normal. So I guess the UTI was just a random infection, possibly from the hospital or maybe even before he was born. Who knows...

Anyway, I think we're almost done with all the sickness drama (I hope). When D. was on antibiotics, we got thrush. Then he scratched my nipple and I got a nasty infection, so then I was on antibiotics. And now that I'm almost done with mine, I think we may have thrush again b/c he's once again being very rough with me when he nurses. I guess this is all I get for having such an easy first few weeks with him.
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Well, it turns out Dylan has a UTI. How in the world he got it is beyond me... I thought boys don't really get these. According to the doctor that talked to DH (I went home to shower), it's because he's not circumcised. Grrrr! Then again this is the same Dr who didn't bother asking how I feed my baby, but instead asked what brand of formula he gets.

They still want to keep us for 48 hours, so hopefully we can go home tomorrow morning or early afternoon.
Originally Posted by Bailey422
Are they going to test him for reflux? If a baby boy gets a UTI that's usually why, and its the most common reason for UTIs in newborns. Its a weakness in the urethra that allows urine to flow back into the urinary tract/kidneys making them prone to infection.

In my son's case, no one ever suggested lack of circumcision as the reason for his UTI (I even asked about it). The doctor thought it had started brewing in utero.
Originally Posted by mad scientist
My friend's grandson was recently diagnosed with reflux. And the first recommendation is to get him circumcised. My friend is anti-circ, so we were talking about this. How can medical personel think that a flap of skin on the outside of a penis cause reflux inside the body? It makes no sense. But, this is a first time mom, a little ditzy, and her mother was a pharmacist so she's 'in the industry'. They'll cicrumcise little J and find out that's not the answer.

Thanks for thinking about us!

Yup, Dylan had the VCUG and it came back normal. So I guess the UTI was just a random infection, possibly from the hospital or maybe even before he was born. Who knows...

Anyway, I think we're almost done with all the sickness drama (I hope). When D. was on antibiotics, we got thrush. Then he scratched my nipple and I got a nasty infection, so then I was on antibiotics. And now that I'm almost done with mine, I think we may have thrush again b/c he's once again being very rough with me when he nurses. I guess this is all I get for having such an easy first few weeks with him.
Originally Posted by Bailey422
So glad he's doing well. I've been thinking about you guys. I dealt with thrush with all 3 of my kids. I had to attack it with several approaches: eating yogurt and taking acidophillus pills, swiping their mouths with a little yogurt throughout the day. I think at one point I tried letting yogurt dry on my nipples would help. I should have cut out all processed sugar from my diet, but didn't think of it at the time. My oldest was given some purple stuff for his mouth (not gentian violet) but it didn't get rid of it all the way, so I switched to the yogurt approach. That finally worked.
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Funny you mention sugar b/c I was craving sweets like crazy before I found out we had thrush. Then the lactation consultant told me it was b/c of the yeast and it was making me crave sugar to feed itself. I was like great, I just fed it a whole package of cookies yesterday.

I've been trying to eat yogurt, but from what I've read online, even the yogurts that say they have active cultures often don't have much. Something about the bacteria mostly dying off before the item reaches the store. 've been drinking kefir, which is supposed to have more live cultures than yogurt. Where can I get probiotic pills? A health food store or a place with vitamins/supplements?
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I got them from my local health food store. You can also get good yogurt from them that will have active cultures.
I had to giggle a bit at feeding the yeast a box of cookies. I fed it chocolate chips and peanut butter at the time.
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