Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Sam | 2011-09-19

Q.

Fever

Dear Doc

My son is 8 months.

He has been running a temperature since Saturday morning. It seems to be about 38.5 degrees most of the time. I gave him Calpol on Saturday and Sunday, but that never broke the fever. I have also been giving him cool baths.

Last night I gave him 5ml of Ponston (I had some left over from when the Doctor prescribed it for my 2 year old daughter a while back). He did feel cooler after that last night, and had a better sleep. But, when he woke up this morning, I noticed that his temperature was up again. I gave him another 5ml of Ponston this morning.

He is drinking his bottles (he was breastfed until 7 months) ok, but seems to have gone off his food. He is also quite " niggly" , but I cannot pinpoint the cause of the high temperature, as he does not show any obvious signs of distress or discomfort.

He is teething, but I somehow wonder if teething can cause an elevated temperature for more than 2 days now?

What could this be? Possibly an infection of some sort?

Please will you advise what I should do?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Your son does indeed have a high fever and his fever does not respond very easily to the usual medicines such as Calpol. His fever is not due to teething.He is a bit niggly and is not eating, but he is drinking his bottles well.His fever must be due to an infection. The possibilities are an ear infection or a virus infection such as 'baby measles' also known as Roseola.With Roseola the typical rash appears after about 3 to 4 days of high fever and lasts for a day or two. The fever settles once the rash appears. If your son is pulling at his ears then an ear infection is more likely.

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