Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Mommy | 2011-10-17

Q.

Fever

Good day Dr. My little boy (who will be 14 months on the 23rd) was running a fever for 3½  days last week (Sun to Mon) of 39.1deg. He was miserable and restless and didnt want to eat much. He vomited once on Wednesday and then again on Sat morning. Last night he was extremely restless in his sleep again and this morning has another temp of 38.5. My GP sent away stool samples and urine samples, and sofar are clear. I have been dosing with Stopayne at night and Ponstel during the day. He was on Purbac last week. He has had a runny nose since Tuesday and for that i am giving Dimatapp. His nose is still running. Should i take him back to my GP? In your opinion, is there anything to worry about?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

I do have a few concerns. Your baby boy has been running a fever for possibly as long as a week and a cause has not yet been found.You still do not have a diagnosis of his illness. He does not appear to have a urinary system infection and his stool sample is clear.He was give an antibiotic last week with no benefit. Your son appears to have a viral infection but no definite evidence of the cause of his ongoing fever.Stopayne contains codeine which may well cause your son to be constipated and may also possibly cause dependency.Dimetapp contains phenylephrine which will make your son feel miserable. Rather keep his nose clear by using saline nose drops or spray such as Sterimar for children.He may be getting 'baby measles' also known as roseola,but the rash should have appeared by now. It would be best to take him back to your doctor.

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