As a mom, I’ve had my fair share of freak out moments from my kids.
We haven’t had broken broken bones, knock on wood, or any trips to the ER, but; we have had the moments of bloody noses, kids falling down and screaming.. oh and one time one of my kids thought it would be fun to climb a fence, then fall off of it.
But, one of the weirdest freak out moments was when my child came up to me with an earlobe that was super swollen.
My son came up to me and said “Mommy, I think I have a hive on my ear”. I took one glance and said OH MY WORD! His ear had swollen up like two times the normal size and he looked like Dumbo.
We kind of freak out about hives around here as he has a peanut and tree nut allergy. This wasn’t a hive though, his ear was warm and just swollen.
I knew that we haven’t had any exposure to peanuts or tree nuts. I checked his ear for bites and nothing.
Luckily, my mother is a nurse. I always call her for these moments, it’s a little cheaper than the doctor, didn’t feel like an emergency and that’s what moms are for.. am i right?
I tried to explain what his ear looked like… ear lobe, cartilage, “No mom, it’s on top of the ear but not going into the ear” LOL I couldn’t get my point across. The swollen part of his ear was right on the top of his ear.
Thankfully, thanks to technology, I took some photos and sent them to my mom. We decided to give him some Benadryl and watch it. Our suspicion is that the ear was swollen from a bug bite.
My little man is quite okay today. Almost 6 years later, we haven’t experienced another episode. His ear cleared up with the Benadryl and life went on.
Our conclusion was that he had a small allergic reaction to a bug bite, such as a mosquito. He’s never had any other reactions quite like this. So, who knows.
Our children are full of mysteries.. thankfully this one was easily resolved.