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#1 amaza

Posted 30 November 2012 - 12:02 AM

I'll preface by saying that I am not asking for a diagnosis or medical advice. I'm just asking if anybody has had any similar experience and what it turned out to be.

My 6yo DS had has a temperature of between 38.4 and 40.6 since last Tuesday. I manged to get it to a relatively normal 37.6 for about 2 hours on Saturday morning but it has not been in the normal range since. His temperature has averaged at about 39.3 and has been 40.5 or above on 7 separate occasions.

He is extremely fatigued and my very boisterous child has basically sat in a a chair for days. He is alert and aware of what his happening around him but is not himself at all. He is quite a big complainer if he has to shower or do homework or go to bed etc (typical stuff) but he hasn't put up a fuss over anything this week. He has just had his head down and does what he has to slowly and quietly - which is very much not like him.

He has lost nearly 2 kg in the 10 days.

He had complained of a sore throat on the first day he got a fever but has not complained of anything since (except a tummy ache at the hospital on Monday that I think was half exaggerated so the nurses wouldn't take so long). He says he hasn't got a sore head, throat, arm, leg, tummy, neck etc. He said he doesn't feel sick.

He went to a dr on Friday night last week (day 3 of fever) who requested we see him again on Saturday. On Saturday the dr basically gave instructions to keep fluids into him and watch him closely. He was very unwell over the weekend and basically just slept the whole time so on Monday I decided he needed the dr again. The dr asked us to visit the hospital because 6 days of temps is unusual and he wanted further testing done. The hospital tested his urine (one nurse said it had small traces of blood but the dr said tests were clear), gave him panadol, took his temp a couple of times and gave him water to drink. They didn't get his temp down but decided that it was an infection of some sort but not serious and told us to watch him.

Since then he has still been fatigued, pale and generally looks unwell. I've tested his temperature multiple times each day and each time the temp is between 38.4-40.5 degrees. I actually thought the thermometer was broken or inaccurate and tested it on DS2 who came back with a normal reading.

Today DS1 went back to the dr and has now had blood taken. I'm not sure what was tested because his dad took him and didn't think to ask. The dr has said it's a bit concerning having a temp for so long. The have said it can be up to Monday before results are in although the dr is open on Saturday so I'm hoping we will have an answer by then at least.

Has anybody's child had anything similar before? I'm beginning to get quite concerned. I know that I should just wait for the results before letting my imagination run away but I just can't think of any time that I've heard of a childs temperature being that high for so long. Surely it's getting past the 'infection fighting' stage and can't be good for him to have a temp like that?

TIA

Edited by amaza, 03 December 2012 - 07:07 AM.


#2 His Boy Elroy

Posted 30 November 2012 - 12:15 AM

There is a virus going around, well in Brisbane anyhow.

My DD (4) had a similar temps to your son since Sunday and she has been living on panadol and neurofen.  We have been to see our GP and a bacterial infection was ruled out and we were told to keep fluids etc up.  

I think (touch wood) that we have turned the corner as she hasnt had any panadol/neurofen since 1pm and the fever hasnt returned.

She had bad tummy aches aswell and generally miserable.

However, she now has a shocker blocked nose and I think she may have sinus so she's going back to the GP tomorrow to get that checked.

My DD's FDC mum told me that she knows of a couple of kids that have had the same virus and it apparently is lasting for at least a week.

I hope he improves soon.

Edited by His Boy Elroy, 30 November 2012 - 12:16 AM.


#3 anotherid

Posted 30 November 2012 - 12:31 AM

I'd be asking the GP/ED to carefully observe/test for this....

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kawasaki_disease

It needs early treatment if this is what is is.

All the best OP. Let us know how you go.

#4 anotherid

Posted 30 November 2012 - 12:33 AM

This is heaps easier to read...

http://kidshealth.org/parent/medical/heart/kawasaki.html


If he has any of these symptoms head straight back to ED tonight. Take a print out of it if you like and highlight his symptoms. It is rare and has been known to be misdiagnosed or diagnosed extremely late.

Edited by anotherid, 30 November 2012 - 12:34 AM.


#5 His Boy Elroy

Posted 30 November 2012 - 12:47 AM

I wondered why my GP checked my DD's genital area when we were there on Tuesday..............he must have been thinking Kawasaki Disease because of the fever but lack of any other symptoms apart from fever...

#6 amaza

Posted 30 November 2012 - 06:50 AM

Thank you all.

TZ, He doesn't have an unusual rash. He has very sensitive skin and has remnants of a nasty excema left over on his back/buttock from winter, however, there is nothing on his front and nothing to suggest it has begun again.

Thanks for the link to Kawasaki disease anotherid. He did have quite red lips for a few days and I actually put that down to him being so pale. It was something that I noticed though. Looking at him this morning those lips are back to a normal colour now. The only other symptom that I would say in that list is slightly red hands with dry skin. I wouldn't say they are peeling though, just dry. They are definitely not swollen. If I hadn't read that link and saw his hands at any normal time I would think nothing of it. Therefore, I won't read into it as anything sinister (well I'll try not to lol) because no other symptoms are present except obviously the high fever, which again this morning is in the mid 38's.

Thanks HisboyElroy. I hope your DD has woken up much better this morning too. It sucks when they are sick doesn't it.

Thanks again.

Edited by amaza, 30 November 2012 - 06:53 AM.


#7 IsolaBella

Posted 30 November 2012 - 06:58 AM

We had around 7-10 days if fever this year with a bug. Hit all three of my kids. 7 days where their temps didn't get below 39.5 and then another few above 38.5.

DD was over 40 for 4 days straight.

Eta Ypres we had been to the Dr multiple times, and then I found out about the bug going around at school which was doing this to others.


Edited by lsolaBella, 30 November 2012 - 06:59 AM.


#8 cinnabubble

Posted 30 November 2012 - 06:59 AM

My two year old has had intermittent high temperatures for more than a week. She'll go up to 48 hours being OK and then the temp will spike, usually in the early hours of the morning. She's not very hungry and doesn't argue about going in the stroller, so I know she's not well. She claims, at different times, to have a tummy ache and sore ears.

We have seen three different doctors. The first said it was a virus, the second an ear infection and the third a virus. Her temperature has stayed down for a couple of days and she's sleeping all night again, so hopefully she's on the mend.

One of my colleagues said her friend's doctor -- so a reliable source of anecdata -- told her that there's a virus going around that leaves a longish bout of post-viral fatigue and it sounds like what my daughter is going through now.

#9 Natttmumm

Posted 30 November 2012 - 07:04 AM

The only thing I can add - DD2 had a random temp for 8 days and it ended up being Adenovirus which didnt become obvious until day 8. The hospital suspected meningistis and tested for that which it wasnt (Another possibility).

On day 8 they were concerned and realy couldnt work it out so they gave her 2 doses of antibiotics injections. The next day the tests came back positive for Adenovirus but the temp was gone. I suspect there was an underlying infection.

DD1 had a high temp for 2 weeks and they couldnt work it out - she was 2. In the end again she was given antibiotics by the GP who suspected tonsilitis even though it wasnt obvious. 24 hours after the antibiotics she was fine.

I would go to the GP ask for antibiotics to see if it helps. I cant see the down side.

#10 QueenElsa

Posted 30 November 2012 - 07:13 AM

Nattmumm - there are plenty of down sides to antibiotics - nasty side effects, allergic reactions, resistance etc

OP, I'd take your DS back to the hospital for another check and more tests, or at least to the GP again. Blood tests are done that day so the GP or hospital can ring and get the results.

Good luck. It's probably a virus but best to get fully checked.

#11 ThreeBananas

Posted 30 November 2012 - 07:55 AM

I was going to say get them to check for Kawasaki disease too. My friend's little boy had persistent high temperatures and they didn't know what it was and it turned out to be this.
I hope he's better very soon.

#12 CountryBumpkin

Posted 30 November 2012 - 08:02 AM

My son had had temps up and down for a week now, we did the drs Friday last week and everything was clear so they took a urine sample. Since Wednesday he has complained of a headache and earache, but it comes and goes. We have an appointment Monday to be checked again, if it gets extremely bad before then we go to hospital. He's 3 and we are in WA.

#13 justcait2

Posted 30 November 2012 - 08:13 AM

My youngest DD was like this from about 9 months of age she is now almost 5.  Every six weeks she would get a temp of about 39-40 for over a week I would take her to the doctor and there was never anything there. sad.gif  By the age of three I was over it and sick of her being sick all the time and her twin brother never got it.  

I decided it was time to do something about it and decided that I would get her tonsils checked we saw the specialist on the Tuesday and was booked in the Friday of the same week to have tonsils and adenoids out.  IT was the best thing we ever did and I wish I had of done it sooner.  She hardly ever gets sick now and started to put on weight and if she does get sick we don't get the high temps for so long if at all and we get over colds in a couple of days.

I was even going back to the doctors a couple of days latter and he could never find anything and it was always just a virus that no one else seemed to get just her so never had anything for it apart from panadol and nurofen.

Hope he gets better soon

#14 aurelie

Posted 30 November 2012 - 08:32 AM

We experienced something like this with our DS at 4 and 5 years. It appeared to be a really nasty virus where the main symptom -- well the only symptom really -- is a very high temperature in the range you've described. It lasted for well over a week, he got slightly better, and two days later it came back again. We alternated between nurofen and panadol, to keep his temperature down. And yes he didn't want to eat at all while his temp was so high. Hope your DS is feeling better soon, it's always a worry.

#15 livvie7586

Posted 30 November 2012 - 08:50 AM

Also (very unlikely but no-one else has mentioned it) it sounds something like glandular fever (the high fevers and extreme lethagy), and all it takes to catch it is saliva contact (so sharing a drink/spoon etc) with someone who's infectious (which can be years after the initial bout, DH gave it to me over 2 years after his).

That will show up in blood tests, though, and there isn't much you can do bar rest and fluids

#16 PrincessPeach

Posted 30 November 2012 - 09:06 AM

QUOTE (livvie7586 @ 30/11/2012, 08:50 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Also (very unlikely but no-one else has mentioned it) it sounds something like glandular fever (the high fevers and extreme lethagy), and all it takes to catch it is saliva contact (so sharing a drink/spoon etc) with someone who's infectious (which can be years after the initial bout, DH gave it to me over 2 years after his).

That will show up in blood tests, though, and there isn't much you can do bar rest and fluids


Agree with this - these were my exact same symptom & it turned out to be glandular fever. I had 2 days of a very sore throat & then just fatigue & mild temps.

#17 His Boy Elroy

Posted 30 November 2012 - 09:43 AM

QUOTE
I would go to the GP ask for antibiotics to see if it helps. I cant see the down side.


You're kidding right????  wacko.gif

#18 amaza

Posted 30 November 2012 - 11:23 AM

Thank you everybody.

Glandular fever had crossed my mind with how tired he is but I guess the blood results will show that up.

Aurelie what your DS had sounds quite similar.

I guess the issue is that a fever can present for a million reasons, most of them mild. I know that a fever is good because it means the immune system is working well, I just wish I knew what it was fighting and why for so long *sigh*.

The Dr said that he won't give antibiotics a go until he knows what he is dealing with and I tend to agree that is definitely the way to go. I believe that humans are very quick to take antibiotics for things that generally will just resolve themselves given time and that's how those awful superbugs and resistant strains of infections come about. My mum is one of them. A simple cold and she'll be on antibiotics. I personally avoid things like cold/flu tablets because it generally takes just as long to get over with or without them anyway lol. That's me anyway.

I might hound the Dr surgery today. Pathology is in the same complex with them so hopefully the results were overnight ones and they come back this afternoon (probably unlikely).

Thanks again.



#19 lamarque

Posted 30 November 2012 - 12:15 PM

I wouldn't be concerned with a high temp on its own but given his other symptoms (including the loss of weight), I can see why you're getting very worried.

I'm surprised the hospital didn't take bloods to be honest.  

I would definitely ring late this afternoon to see if results are in.  

Let us know how you go.  original.gif

#20 amaza

Posted 03 December 2012 - 07:15 AM

Thank you so much to everybody for sharing in my concern about my DS.

I have been frantically busy this weekend so haven't had a chance to update but here is what has happened.

The dr called us on Friday afternoon to come and see him. I automatically panicked because no Dr has never called me for MY blood test results before wink.gif

Anyway, it turns out that DS just has elevated white blood cell count, meaning an infection somewhere. Dr wanted to see him asap to get him onto antibiotics 'if needed'. On Friday afternoon at the dr he still had an elevated temp but it was lower than any previous days last week. The Dr said that he will not try to determine where the infection is and prescribed antibiotics. He asked us to hold off giving them for 24 hours and watch his temperature. He said if it goes above 38 in the 24 hours to start the course of antibiotics but if not then just let the infection run it's course and let DSs natural immune system deal with it (man I LOVE this Dr and his approach).

DS was with his dad this weekend. On Saturday Ex called me to say that his temp was a bit high but no higher than at the Dr on the Friday so he would hold off on the antibiotics and keep DS home all weekend again to rest (no sports etc).

This morning DS has come to me almost back to his old self. He is happy and energetic again. Ex said that his temp is slightly high but only in the high 37s and he hasn't given the antibiotics yet. We are still watching him closely.

Thank you all for your suggestions and opinions. It seemed like these temps were going forever and I was really starting to worry, especially since DS hardly ever gets sick.

#21 Jekaho

Posted 03 December 2012 - 07:30 AM

Hope this means he has turned a corner OP and that he recovers quickly from here.

My son had temperatures for three days last week, not eating much (also things seem to taste different so things he normally loved he doesn't like) and lethargic. Thought he was on the mend on Saturday, but then yesterday (Sunday)  had two 40 minute naps (VERY unlike him) - assuming just a virus here and hoping it goes away soon. (we did see the GP on Friday)

#22 Therese

Posted 03 December 2012 - 12:41 PM

I am so pleased he has improved original.gif




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