Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Melani | 2008/08/01

Q.

Prolonged Fever in Flu

Dear Doctor

My 27-month old was treated for flu 2 weeks ago - leaky nose, raised temperature, inflamed throat. Doctor put her on Clemantin (5ml x3times) + SinuMax.
She finished her course of antibiotic and was fine for about 2 days. Last Friday she started shivering with fever of 39 deg. We took her to outpatients where they said she had a middle ear infection and some sore throat. She started on Prozef 2.5ml x2times, Voltaren suppositories to be used for fever if the Lotem didn' t help.

Since last Friday we have battled every day with episodes of fever ranging between 38.2-39. Paracetemol has also helped bring down the fever,as I don' t really like using the Voltaren unless I have to.
On Wednesday I took her back to the doc cos I am really concerned that the fevers are lasting so long? He said that its just a bad flu and we have to wait it out. She is on a good enough anitbiotic.He ears and throat are clear.
Do I need a second opinion - is this flu really so bad, or is there another infection that I should be worrying about.
is it normal for fever to be lasting into 1 week?

Please help.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Firstly it is certainly not normal for flu to cause such a high fever in a child and secondly for the fever to persist so long. Is it possible that she has a different illness completely. A urinary tract infection is one possibility or a viral illness of some kind such as an atypical pneumonia. Have you been to a malarial area recently?Your doctor should make every effort to try to diagnose her problem. It may well be necessary to get a second opinion.

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