Yesterday morning, Casey woke up with a reddish welt of a rash across his lower back. Since I have woken up with things like that before due to being too warm in bed, I didn't give it much thought. We gave him a dose of Benadryl and sent him off to school. When he arrived at daycare, I told the ladies that he might be groggy and that he had a bit of a rash but he should be ok. Cut to 3:55 when I get a text from daycare with a picture of Casey's back exploding in red dots asking if that's what the rash looked like in the morning. Hell no it didnt! So I sped to get him and rush him to the doctor.
When the doctor saw him, he immediately diagnosed him with a Penicillin allergy. He even said he should take a picture of it because it looked so textbook. Casey had a lingering cough for about four months and his pediatrician and I decided we should try Amoxicillin to get him on a road to full recovery. This was Casey's first experience with any type of antibiotic so we had no idea he'd have an allergy. You may be asking "But, Randi, why didn't you know he was allergic after eight days of giving him medicine two times a day?" Well, it turns out the body won't show signs of allergic reaction to Penicillin until the end of treatment! His tiny body decided it had enough and needed to purge itself by way of a million tiny, itchy, red spots. Luckily, this can be treated with Benadryl (we're using both oral and topical) and should clear up in about 48 hours.
Another fun fact for when the Penicillin category pops upon Jeopardy!: If you are allergic to Penicillin and enroll in the military, you get special red dog tags so the medics will know to treat you correctly. You're welcome!