Re: Fever for four days...help!
I was told a fever with no other visible symptoms was more of a cause of concern than one accompanied with vomiting, runny nose, ect. especially if prolonged. My son had an incident exactly like this around a year, and they ran the whole gammut of tests on him. After his white cell count came back really high, they checked his blood for bacteria, checked for a UTI, and if he hadn't gotten better by day 4 or 5 they were going to do a spinal tap. Bacterial infection is always a possibility in those cases, I was told. Luckily, on the 4th day, his fever broke and he broke out. He just had roseola, or the 3 day measles, a very common childhood virus that causes high fever. So we avoided the spinal tap.
The seeming dizziness or loss of balance would be disconcerting to me. I was also told if he experiences any mental changes, excessive sleepiness (you can't wake him) incessant crying, loss of coordination, etc, he should be taken to the ER ASAP. Those can all be symptoms of meningitis or some other serious infection.
But there have been several mysterious illnesses in children in my area, suspected West Nile (though the season is wrong now) viral menengitis, etc. IMO, this definitely warrants your concern! Good luck, keep us posted.
DS born 07/05/2003
DD born 3/24/2005
Last edited by siren1024; 12-12-2004 at 08:30 PM.