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My toddler suddenly started crying at about 6:45 PM and I could not console her. She wouldn’t eat a bit of food and wouldn’t even drink a bottle. I tried to take her to bed, but she couldn’t sleep.
I figured she must have an ear infection, because she’s had a cold and her sister currently has an ear infection and is on antibiotics.
I took her to a clinic. (Well, I took her to THREE clinics… the first two said they were not seeing anymore patients that night… even though it was way before closing time.)
The doctor said she didn’t have any sign of an ear or throat infection, but he said her bowel was in distress and that I must take her to the hospital right away. I explained that she often does have troubles with constipation and that her regular doctor had told me to give her PEG — which I often do. I told him she’d cried during a movement on Sunday, so I gave her some PEG Sunday night and again on Monday. I figured that too much PEG had upset her bowels.
But, he said I had to take her to the ER.
She cried off and on throughout the 40 minute drive to the hospital, but stopped crying soon after we arrived. For the next three hours she tried to sleep in my arms, but squirmed with discomfort. Eventually she fell asleep and we were called in to see the doctor.
The ER Pediatrician listened to her bowels and said they were still very noisy and overactive. But he didn’t think it was a bowel obstruction and he didn’t think it was the PEG. He said perhaps it’s a gastrointestinal virus or it could be something more serious — he said there’s some rare thing it could be where the intestines getting tangled or something like that. But basically he said we need to watch what happens with her over the next few days.
At this moment, I’m thanking God that it doesn’t seem to be anything serious. She is asleep upstairs in her bed and I think she is going to be fine.
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