- Surgery to repair the immature valve. Fortunately, Evelyn is not a candidate for surgery at this point because her reflux is considered pretty minor.
- Consistent low-dose antibiotics to keep urine infections from coming, thus preventing damage to the kidneys.
- Do nothing and observe. In most cases, young children outgrow VU reflux with time - so as long as the child is not getting recurrent urine infections, you can just wait it out.
Well...we made it another week :-(. On Friday evening, she started acting fussy and was running a low-grade fever. Once again we initially attributed it to teething (still no teeth - they've got to come soon, right?!). However, when it continued through Saturday and spiked overnight on Saturday, we decided not to wait it out. Our pediatrician's practice holds office hours on Sundays, so we called and got in to see another doctor in her practice. We had to wait quite a while to actually see the doctor, but Evelyn kept us entertained...
She loves playing peek-a-boo and has started hiding herself to play!It turns out she had an ear infection starting, and her urine sample looked pretty suspicious. So he started her on antibiotics again and asked us to follow up with her pediatrician on Tuesday (it takes 48 hours for the urine culture to come back from the lab). Her urine culture was positive - so we're glad we caught this one earlier than the last one. I spoke with her pediatrician today, and as long as she doesn't have any more UTIs - we just have to continue waiting it out. If she has another UTI before we go back next March, we have to see the pediatric urologist again and he will likely put her on the low-dose antibiotic.
Please pray with us and believe that God will heal and mature her little valves! No more UTIs in Jesus' Name!!! :-)