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Childhood-diseases

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Posted by: Jen | 2004/01/11

Q.

Ongoing fevers and rash

My two and a half year old and I both fell ill a week ago and were bedridden with terrible fevers. I have basically recovered but my son has since developed a rash similar to chicken pox, but it did not blister nor is it itchy. I took him to a doctor who said it was probably all viral and I should carry on with his medication...Ponstan and Calpol for fever and Aterax for rash. He is very listless and sleeps a lot and although he responds well to medication he is not really improving. He will not take the Aterax and vomits it up if I use a syringe. I was looking at the Calpol package insert and see a side effect could be a rash. Could this be it? How long can I expect a virus such as this to last. He has never stayed ill for this length of time. Thank you

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Seeing that both you and your child experienced similar symptoms this probably started as a viral infection. The symptoms of common viral infections usually pass within 5-7 days, but this may sometimes be prolonged. Many viral infections may cause a skin rash and children are often more prone. If the fever persists without improvement for more than a week or your child's condition deteriorates in any way it warrants further evaluation. Aterax only gives some symptomatic relief if the rash is itchy and you do not have to force it down. Calpol should only be used as directed for fever or pain and is rarely responsible for a skin rash.

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