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    Old 03-02-2005, 07:31 AM   #1
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    high fever and ear infection 1 year old

    My son caught a cold a little over a week ago. He was acting fine and thought he was getting over it. It did go down to his lungs and he has had a terrible cough with a phlem sound to it. But still he acted happy and fine until yesterday. Yesterday he was very cranky and he felt very hot. I tried giving him children's tylenol and puitting him down for naps when he was cranky but it didn't help. He wouldn't crawl around or cruise like he normally does. Finally a borrowed a thermometer from a neighbor and his temp was 102. I freaked out and made an appointment at one of those IHC clinics. I gave hime more tylenol an hour before we went. When we got there they took his temp and it was 103!!! His breathing was good but he had a terrible infection in his right ear and his left ear had too much wax in it for her to see but she suspected that ear was infected as well. She prescribed amoxicillin for 10 days. Last night he slept well (except when he woke up coughing) but this morning I discovered something weird. His crib sheet is stained with a brown substance either vomit or maybe phlem that he coughed up?? At first I thought maybe his ear bled or something??? But it isn't red it is brown. I can't believe he got sick so quickly out of no where and I just want him to get back to his cute happy self! Thanks for listening I am just worried.

     
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    Old 03-02-2005, 11:57 PM   #2
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    Re: high fever and ear infection 1 year old

    He probably just threw up a little bit. It is such a worry when they're sick! Watch him carefully to make sure the antibiotics working and don't hesitate to take him for another checkup with the doctor if you feel you need to. It's a good idea to give him a pro-biotic such as yoghurt with the antibiotics, but do ask the doctor about this first.

     
    Old 03-03-2005, 08:08 AM   #3
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    Thanks for the response. He is a year old so I bet yogurt is fine. Last night wasn't good for us. He kep coughing a lot and choking on plem. I think it upset him so he was crying. I got up to check on him and saw he threw up a little phlem. It was on his sheets and blanket plus he was really hot again. I changed his diaper and his clothes and put him in some thin pajamas to bring his fever down. I also gave him some milk and children's tylenol. Then I changed all his bedding. All this at 3:30 am. Is it a good idea to use thin PJ's instead of those thick winter ones when they have fevers? I woke him up this morning to change him, feed him, then give him his amoxicillin. He was cranky so I just put him back to bed right now. He felt warm so I took his temp and it was 100. Am I doing everything right? I hope so I have never really had him sick like this.

     
    Old 03-03-2005, 08:27 AM   #4
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    DS had a sinus infection a few months ago that turned into an ear infection. I took him back into the doctor 'cuz he started coughing -- turns out his sinus were draining -- all that gunk was coming out, running down his throat and making him cough. After several days of being on antibiotics, things finally cleared up. He also had a fever for a few days and I just kept giving him tylenol to keep him comfortable. Are you giving him the correct amount of tylenol. I found out once when his fever wouldn't go down that I'd only been giving him HALF of the amount I could've been giving him, so the fever wouldn't go down enough and he was uncomfortable.

     
    Old 03-03-2005, 09:30 AM   #5
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    actually when he first got the fever (day before yesterday) I dicovered I was only giving him 1/2 the amount I could have. My neighbor has a chart for infant tylenol so she told me what dose he needs. It really helps unless it is night time and he sleeps past his needed doses. I think thats why he had the fever at 3:30 am because he got some tylenol at 8:00 (bedtime) and then he didn't wake up until 3:30 and he was burning up again. This morning he felt like his temperature was way down but he was so cranky I made him go to bed even though he acted like he didn't want to and sure enough hes sleeping. He acts so miserable I wish this would go away but the doctor says I have to give the antibiotic 3 days before hes much better. This is the longest cold he has ever had. (2 weeks now) and his nose still runs from time to time. I wonder if his cold turned into a sinus infection because his symptoms have lasted so long.

     
    Old 03-03-2005, 09:37 AM   #6
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    If you're still concerned, give the doctor a call. Could be he needs something stronger. DS does better with augmentin than amoxicillan. Last time he had something like this it seemed to take longer for him to recover and I remember calling the nurse line 'cuz even after he started the antibiotics his fever went up to 103.

     
    Old 03-03-2005, 11:49 AM   #7
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    Wow I wonder why amoxicillin wouldn't do the job. He is still being really fussy so I put him to bed again. I don't know what to do because no matter what he cries even when I am holding him. He won't drink anything today. His temp is almost gone (thanks to the tylenol) so I guess thats good. He won't crawl or cruise when he is like this so if I set him on the floor he just sits there and cries. I think its better for him to be in his crib resting but he doesn't seem to want to do that either. I don't know what to do with him he is soooo fussy. I am going to call the doctor and ask the nurse if this is normal. Thanks for your help!

     
    Old 03-03-2005, 03:16 PM   #8
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    Welcome to the wonderful world of sick kids. My daughter has had lots of ear infections--it takes a few days for amoxicillin to kick in, and with a cold on top of it, it can take longer for that to clear up as well. 102 isnt too terribly high for a baby. My daughter ran a fever of 105 several times. Even when the ear infection begins to clear and the fever goes down, I would expect the baby to be fussy for a few days. At least that has been my experience. I know it is awful, but there isnt much you can do except give him his medicine. Make sure he gets the full ten days--when he seems alot better, you have to continue with the antibiotics or he could get infected all over again.

    I know how it is to have a miserable baby and you cant fix it!!!! The good news is he will get better. In the meantime, hold him, rock him, give him baths, anything that seems to help.


     
    Old 03-03-2005, 04:58 PM   #9
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    Hi, My son had chronic ear infections beginning at 10 mos and ran continuously for atleast 8 months. I always found that infant motrine worked better and quicker on him. Not only that but with fevers that spike you can use a combo of motrine and tylenol. For example Motrine dosing is 6-8 hours, tylenol dosing is 4-6 hours. If you start with motrine at 12pm, and fever spikes 4 hours into the dose, give them the tylenol at that point and then 4 hours later you can give the Motrine again. It worked for me with spiking fevers. That's the only time I would use that approach and I always did it after communicating with the doctor. Good luck

     
    Old 03-03-2005, 07:34 PM   #10
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    yeah, I forgot to mention that--ibuprofin (infants motrin or advil) lasts alot longer. My doc always told me to use that in order to get a little more sleep .

    I never really did use the tylenol-doc said it wouldnt last long enough for us to rest. A fever is a good thing in the sense that it helps the body fight the infection, but at night, sleep for the both of you is really important, and that is when the motrin is a godsend!

     
    Old 03-04-2005, 08:11 AM   #11
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    Thanks for all your help! Dylan actually slept all night last night and wasn't cranky this morning. He drank some milk and ate some fruit without a fight! The fever is totally gone! THANK GOD!!! I am so glad he is feeling better and not crying non-stop. I guess if he could go 12 hours without tylenol or motrin and not develop a fever he is better! I never wamt to go through this again you guys.. But I am sure I will have to

     
    Old 03-04-2005, 07:32 PM   #12
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    Dont worry. It stinks, but they do get sick. It will get easier, and soon it will probably feel like second nature dealing with stuff like this. Parenting is the hardest job on earth, and when they are sick, its practically impossible!!

     
    Old 03-04-2005, 07:44 PM   #13
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    Re: high fever and ear infection 1 year old

    His ear could also be draining a little bit. It happened to our dd who had several ear infections, a few times. The ear drum pops and the fluid leaks out. Its nothing to worry about. It heals on its own and actually relieves some of the pressure and makes them feel better.

    Nancy

     
    Old 03-10-2005, 04:16 PM   #14
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    His ear could also be draining a little bit. It happened to our dd who had several ear infections, a few times. The ear drum pops and the fluid leaks out. Its nothing to worry about. It heals on its own and actually relieves some of the pressure and makes them feel better.

    Nancy
    That is correct, as an adult who has had an eardrum rupture from an infection more than once, it is actually one of the most pleasant things that can happen. All the pressure and pain is gone in an instant, and normal hearing is restored. In most all cases the eardrum perforation will heal within hours. It is nature's way of dealing with the infection. Remember that thousands of years went by before antibiotics were invented, so this probably used to be pretty common.

     
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