HELP! I know Kacey can't be the only person to ever experience this!
Kacey has been pumping for almost 2 years now and this is our FIRST site infection and I'm not sure how to "treat" it? Of course, it doesn't help that today is a holiday AND a Saturday.
Anyway...yesterday was site change. She likes getting in the shower when she pulls out her old set and scrubs up with nothing attached. So she was undressing and I heard her yell for me. I went running in and saw her standing there trying to take her old set out and all around the set about 2 inches round it was all red, swollen and inflamed. As she pulled the set out, puss came out with it. It oozed....she cried...and then she got in the shower to clean up. When she got out, the site was worse and she was shivering. I cleaned up the old site with some peroxide and I put in her new site on the opposite side of her tummy. She continued to cry and about an hour later, she complained that she didn't feel good. I ran my hand along her face like I normally do and she was warm!! I grabbed the thermometer and she had a FEVER...102*!!! I started to have a minor meltdown. All I could think was this infection was causing all of this and it went unnoticed til it was too late. She's almost 11 years old, so I don't dress her or continually check her site because...well...for a little girl this age, it's a bit embarrassing to have Mom lifting to check her sites. She's so comfortable with her sites that she doesn't take notice of them and when the 3 days pass...she takes the old one out and I put the new one in. We've never had this issue.
So now...here we are almost 24 hours later....the fever is gone (thank you Motrin) and the site isn't as inflamed. The little hole is scabbed and not draining anything. It's still sore to the touch though. We've used ice on it to calm the inflammation. I've put more peroxide on it. I dabbed a little Neosporin on the hole.
Here is what I want to know....
What causes a site to get infected? Was it something I did? Was it something she did? Bumping it? Pulling it and not realizing it?
How do you care for something like this?
Should I get her an antibiotic? If not, how do I know when I should take her in to have it checked?
She's not showing any signs of being sick. She has a great appetite. She doesn't have a fever anymore. She's playing. The area is just very sensitive and it's still red...alittle smaller than a tennis ball.
Any help that any of you could offer would be GREAT!!!
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2011!!! :) May you all have a wonderful year!