Childhood Diseases

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Posted by: Jodi Du Preez | 2010-08-09

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Recurrent fevers and chills, loss of appetite, vomiting, tiredness

My 19 month old has had a problem since he was about 9 months old. At least once every month he gets a really high fever and chills, does not eat at all, vomits and is extremely tired. We have taken him to a doctor, who has run all kinds of blood tests, and told us there is nothing wrong with him and that we should just give him something to bring the fever down when it happens. This can not be normal? These bouts usually last between 4 and 7 days. It is really worrying to us. Do you have any advice please???

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

You have given an excellent description of your son's symptoms. His symptoms and high fever cannot in any way be regarded as being normal and it is essential to make a diagnosis of the cause of your son's illness.There is a condition called 'periodic fever' that is an inherited condition found in children of Mediterranean origin which needs to be considered as well as rather rare infectious conditions such as brucellosis [malta fever] among several possible causes. His immune system as well as his urinary system should also be very carefully examined and investigated.Ideally your son should be seen and investigated by a paediatrician with experience in infectious diseases and immunology.I note that you are not in South Africa otherwise I could advise you where to take your son.

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Posted by: Jodi Du Preez | 2010-08-09

Thank you so much for your response! We have been in Sweden now for two years, where our son was born. The health care system here is really letting us down! Does a paediatrician who specialises in these cases have a specific proffessional title, or should we just try and find one that specialises in these cases? We did mention periodic fever to the paediatrician whom we took him to previously, but it was brushed aside. Thank you so much again for your assistance. I really appreciate it!

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