Childhood Diseases

Posted by: BMJ | 2012-08-15


I am suspecting flu

Dear Doc

My 5 year old boy woke up with a fever of 39 yesterday. He spent the whole day sleeping. He was awake for only a minute or two between sleeping. He complained of a headache and said his legs were paining a lot. He also complained of earache and that the sun hurts his eyes. At dinner time he tried two mouth fulls of food but almost immediately stopped and said his tummy is also sore. Drinking also hurts his tummy. Then he said his shoulder is paining. During the night he was very restless crying his legs are sore. This morning his temp is much lower - only 37.8, but his legs and tummy is still very sore. The illness came on suddenly. He has no external symptoms such as a rash or vomitting or loose stools or cold symptoms. His ears and head feels fine this morning, just the fatigue an leg and stomach pain.

It seems to me that he has typical flu symptoms and I just wanted to check that with you.

I have not given him any medication as he promptly vomits it out. He has a very strong gag refleks and cannot tolerate the taste of medication, we have tried every brand known to mankind. He finds suppositories ''burn'' him, so at this point my paed said that if he is sick enough to get medication, it will have to be a drip or injection. Luckily he has only once before been sick. I explained to him that panado will help him feel better, but he just gets hysterical at the suggestion.

Expert's Reply



I agree,you have made the correct diagnosis.These are typical flu symptoms. It is a pity that your son is so opposed to taking medicines that would make him feel better, but hopefully he will be back to normal after another day or two. He certainly seems to have picked up a nasty flu virus.If he continues to have a fever,complains of headache or starts to vomit he must be seen by a doctor.

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Posted by: BMJ | 2012-08-15

Thanks R, tried them ALL - we even tried crushing a quater panado tablet and mixing it with icecream...he has extreme oral tactile sensitivity. The last time when he broke his arm, he opted to rather be in pain than even TRY anything else. When he was very little he needed an antibiotic and the specific one taste vile - like rotten fish, and I have never been able to get anything to stay down since then. I can get it in, but not to stay down.

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Posted by: R | 2012-08-15

Can''t comment on the flu, but just wanted to say something about the Panado. I tried Panado with both my kids, and they would just spit it out, and then I would struggle for ages to get anything else in them. They would just refuse any meds. But I''ve had great success with Calpol and Nurofen.

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