They don't seem to bother him much, thank goodness. He is a chubby boy and his baby arms don't quite reach a lot of his head! LOL! And he is still only developing the skills it takes to rub his head anyhow (caught him doing it this morning though). My bigger concern is his baby brother rubbing them. So I don't worry about him fooling with the bumps. I try to keep a cap on him, but he's getting active and doesn't keep it on well anymore. His cheeks look awful though. He gets drool and breakfast all over them and they look even worse, but it doesn't seem to bother him until I have to clean him up. He usually loves getting his face wiped, but I can certainly see why he doesn't like it right now.
Acyclovir is generally VERY safe in children. There were actually a couple of studies published re: cases where children were accidentally administered incedibly high doses and had NO ill effects! But there are some
risks associated, kidney problems and lowered nutrifil counts (the white blood cells that fight off bacterial infections). The count should be above 1500. At 1000 they start watching closely, at 500 they stop the meds. He got down to 200, which is why he isn't on it for the sake of suppression like he should be. Also, b/c he drops, they have to do weekly CBCs if he stays on it, which is pretty rough on him (5+ sticks usually
). So they want to be able to document that it's actually an outbreak
Thanks for the encouragement! It still looks like it will get a bit worse before it gets better, but it is temporary. It's just that risk of encephalitis that worreis me...I don't think any of us are ready (or ever will be!) to go through that again.