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Old 11-12-2007, 12:29 PM   #1
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8 yr old son has fever/cough

My son is 8 yrs old & since this past Friday he has struggled with a very bad cough & a fever. His fever has ranged from over 99 degrees-103 degrees since Friday morning. It seems to fluctuate. He was croupy on Friday & Saturday alittle bit. He had a case of croup when he was 5 & pnomonia when he was 6 & bronchitis as an infant. I don't know if that means anything to this now. He has no other symptoms but does complain of a stomach ache now & then. His appetite has decreased alittle. His fever was up to 103 Friday eve. Then I gave him motrin. Sat. it was around 102. Since Sunday it has ranged from 99.6-102. How long should a fever last before I take him to the Dr? Any advice would be appreciated. Thankyou so much.

 
Old 11-12-2007, 03:24 PM   #2
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Re: 8 yr old son has fever/cough

It kind of sounds like the flu because of the cough. Does his head and body hurt? I would take him to the doctor now. How is his throat?

Let us know what the doctor says.

 
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Old 11-12-2007, 04:29 PM   #3
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Re: 8 yr old son has fever/cough

Hi. Thankyou for your response. He has an appointment tomorrow morning. I thought the flu as well. But their is no other symptoms. Except the cough & fever & now his appetite is decreasing. I feel after a 3rd day & hes not getting better it is time to go to the Dr. Thankyou again.

 
Old 11-13-2007, 07:41 AM   #4
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Re: 8 yr old son has fever/cough

sounds more like just a really bad cold (i've been dealing with very similar symptoms myself!!). if it is a cold, keep an eye on his breathing and put him in a steamy bathroom if he gets croupy again. other than that, make sure he gets plenty of rest and give him chicken soup and a nice cup of hot honey and lemon (mix a little bit of each with a cup of hot water... you have to experiment with how much honey and lemon to put in it according to what you like!) to soothe his cough.... there's really nothing else you can do for a cold.

i don't think it's the flu, or he'd have more head and body aches, but it's definitely worth getting checked out if you're worried. let us know!

 
Old 11-13-2007, 02:09 PM   #5
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Re: 8 yr old son has fever/cough

Thankyou for the advice. But I took him to the Dr. today & sure enough it is pnomonia. I really had a feeling since yesterday that that is what is going on. His cough has just been horible & his fever has not gone away for two long. He has no runny nose or any flu/cold symptoms. So with a cough & fever I thought pnomonia. I know for a virus their is nothing you can do. So I try to wait atleast 3 days after having a fever before taking them to the Dr. everyone is different. But both my boys usually only have a fever for no more than 2 days when they are sick & the syptoms linger after the fever is gone & eventually go away. Unless they have a fever/sore throat I take them in. Since that usually is strep. Anyway I have been giving him chicken noodle soup & lots of liquids. Dr. prescribed the 5 day antibiotic. Son will be out of school atleast two more days. Well glad/ hope this is on the way to getting better. Thankyou again.
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Re: 8 yr old son has fever/cough

Sorry to hear about that. I am glad you got some meds. I hope he is feeling better soon (and I hope it doesn't spread to anyone else).

Take care!

 
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