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Old 10-28-2007, 12:43 PM   #1
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My child is so unwell.

Not sure where to put this!
2 things i need to ask.
My 14yr old special needs child is very unwell, for 8 days she has had an on and off temperature, aching limbs, tiredness headache,very sore throat, swollen throat, swollen glands, and a very violent cough. This constant coughing is making her be sick, it is like a severe Asthma attack. And now her nose is bleeding. She started on Penicilin7 days ago but this has not worked, i have seen another Dr as she is still very unwell and nothing is easing up, he said he feels she may have Glandular Fever (mono).
Someone please tell me, how long do i go on watching my child cry where she feels so very unwell, she has said she feels like dying. She is not getting even a tiny bit better. What am i meant to do, do i just watch my child like this.
My main question is: is she safe near pregnant women, as we are meeting up with relatives next weekend, one of whom is pregnant. She wont be in very close contact but will be in the same vicinity.
Even though it is 8 days on, only tonight she has come downstairs crying that her throat is so swollen she cannot eat or drink, and its difficult to breath. I have looked in her throat and it is swollen but not closing right up.
Advice please.

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Old 10-28-2007, 06:54 PM   #2
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Re: My child is so unwell.

I'm sorry your daughter is so sick! From what you described, it definitely sounds like mono! I had mono a few years ago and I remember the excruciating sore throat I had! Even though it hurts, make sure she stays well hydrated and basically let her drink whatever she can get down (except dairy because it creates mucus which could make her cough worse!). I know popsicles helped me a little because they helped numb the throat. Also, try giving her ibuprofen (like motrin) for the pain, that makes it a little easier to get fluids down!

There isn't really much else a doctor can do because antibiotics cannot help mono. Only other thing to be aware of is her spleen. If it is indeed mono, the spleen can become enlarged and rupture so if she complains of any belly pain, take her seriously!

Good luck and I hope she is feeling better soon!

Shanna

 
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Old 11-14-2007, 01:28 PM   #3
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Re: My child is so unwell.

just a quick update. She is much better now, but it did go on for a long while, and she is getting very tired very quickly at the moment.
Thank you for your reply.

 
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