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Old 12-19-2009, 06:45 PM   #1
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Exclamation High Fever/Dry Cough Almost a Week...

My son, who will be 3 on Jan 7th, has had a high fever, 103F, 39.4+C since Monday this week. On Thursday we took him to the doctor, well, the nurse, she checked his lungs and said they were clear, his cough is so bad he threw up today. We give him Calpol and Motrin to take the edge off, his temp drops (which usually is only by one degree F, to 102F or around 38.88C) but it won't go down further. He is lethargic at times, but when his temp drops even 1 degree, he gets back to himself and is playing with his sister like normal. He isn't eating though, and hates to take any fluids, we have to force him. No one else in family is sick (mom, me, or his sister)

He doesn't have any other symptoms, there is a whoop type sound in between bouts of coughing, but no other symptoms of Whooping Cough are present, accept loss of appetite. He doesn't have a runny nose, nasal congestion, doesn't sneeze more than normal, doesn't have red, watery eyes.

I feel I should take him to the A&E (ER) but I don't want to be overly alarmed, but his coughing fits are getting worse and his fever won't go below what i have previously stated. Any one else dealt with something like this?

Thanks for any help!

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Old 12-20-2009, 11:05 AM   #2
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Re: High Fever/Dry Cough Almost a Week...

I wonder if he has croup? If his cough has that whooping sound to it, that could be it. Croup is identified by the breath in they take before they cough out. That breath in sounds so awful and that sound is key to figuring out how bad the croup is. The higher pitched the breath in, the tighter the windpipe is getting. Sometimes you can get away with turning on the shower to super hot, shutting the door and letting the room steam up really well. Then you go sit in there with him for 10 or 15 minutes. Or, if you live in a cold weather climate, you can bundle him up and take him outside for a few lung-fulls of really cold air. That actually works better than the shower steam.

If in doubt at all take him to the ER. They will give him a nebulizer treatment of steroids that will nip it right in the bud.

Old 12-23-2009, 05:49 AM   #3
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Re: High Fever/Dry Cough Almost a Week...

Been to doctor twice and now waiting on a call. Still has high fever and cough, it's not croup (Whooping cough), at least they didn't mention it. Today he was fine for about three hours, no fever, than it reappeared, back to 103f. He then presented with what looked like bruises on his elbows, but those went away when ibuprofen was given. Any other thoughts the doctors might be missing?


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