Impetigo -- Sore on face under/on lips
Related to: Sore near mouth and on lip and Impetigo.
Ellie developed a sore underneath her lip. We thought it was just a pimple at first. Then is grew and became an irritated area. The irritation spread to another cut that she had under her lip.
We took her to the doctor for a fever (that may, it turns out, have been related - though the doctor didn't think so). After seeing this doctor and a nurse, it turned out that this skin condition is "impetigo," and potentially highly infectious. The doctor prescribed an antibiotic cream.
The doctor and Ellie's daycare both said she could return after 24 hours of treatment with the antibiotic - although it seems like it may take a week for the symptoms to retreat. In the meantime, she clearly finds it very painful.
When she was nine months old, Ellie had a particularly strong wheeze while breathing in. It seemed to be worse when she got excited.
Her daycare teachers first identified it on a Friday, but said they were not concerned. Nevertheless, we took her to the ER over the weekend to be cautious. Our main concern (as well as the doctors' at the E.R.) was that some object could have gotten lodged in her throat during Halloween. At the E.R., they did x-rays of her chest and then a direct fiber-optic laryngoscopy (sticking a small cable down her nose to inspect her parts of her throat near her larynx. The x-rays and laryngoscopy didn't turn up anything.
The most likely theory was that this wheezing was croup, an upper airway infection. The E.R. tested for a wide range of viruses, which all came up negative, but croup was still the best guess. The recommended treatment was mainly a humidifier and normal recovery.
Ellie received a steroid at the E.R. which was also supposed to help her breathe if this was croup.
Her pediatrician saw her a few days later, and concluded that since she seemed slightly better (and definitely not worse), we should hold off further investigations - a trip to the ear, nose, and throat doctor and possibly a bronchoscopy - to see if she continued to improve. The pediatrician also thought the wheezing was very likely to be croup.