We've got an 8 year old boy who's had the fevers every 3 weeks for a year. He has been missing a lot of school but doing fine academically, and I'm a stay at home mom, so we decided against the steriod initially. We were worried about the side effects. But after a few nastier than usual bouts of fever, we felt sorry for his suffering and decided to give it a try. After ONE, very low dose (20 mg) of the steriod Prednisone, his fever went away and didn't come back (except for, of course, 3 weeks later). So instead of suffering with a sore throat, fever, low appetite, etc, for most of a week, he suffered for half a day. Now, it's been 3 weeks again, and his fever is back, so we've just given him one more dose.
Anyway, it was totally worth it for us. He is miserable when he has his fevers, and doesn't eat much for a week or two (he's already stick thin), he misses a lot of school, and we could never take a vacation because I don't want to pull him out of school just for fun, when he's already had 20 absences...
Good luck to you
Originally Posted by connormom
Hi..I just found this board after 2 1/2 years of periodic fevers for my now 5 year old son. They began when he was just about 3 and he tested positve for strep a few times..but not every time he had a fever. We had a tonsilectomy scheduled, but the ENT decided the pattern was not strong enough to put him through the surgery. Over the last few years he can go up to 3 months with no fever, but then just when we think it is over he goes back to the every 21 day cycle. He was diagnosed after blood work, etc with periodic fever and we currently treat him with motrin and tylenol and wait it out. I am curious about the tonsillectomy your daughter had and if it helped..I am hesitant to start the steriod treatment..but he can't go through school losing a few days every 3 weeks. The episodes definately are more regular during the winter months..he is on his 4th fever since the beginning of Nov.
I feel so bad for him..his symptoms are restless sleeping, heachaches, dark cirlces and no appetite. Any insight is appreciated!!