My son is sick and I am worried about dehydration??

Krystal - posted on 10/30/2009 ( 18 moms have responded )

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My son is 5 years old and he has a fever of 102.8 and climbing I called the doctor and he said not to bring him in until the over the counter medication no longer will keep the fever down. Ok I understand the reason for that is because if he does not have swine flu they do not want him to get it. But I am worried that he is getting dehydrated he is only drinking a quarter of what he normally drinks and he is eating but its light foods like crackers and apple sauce and rice things like that. I have him drinking pedialight and gatoraid, he is still using the potty But he is not throwning up. How do you tell if a child is dehydrated?????? I am worried.....

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sounds like u r doing all by the book. i find 7-up let it go flat and give him some every 15 mins. if he vomits keep offering him drinks. fever is a sign the body if fight the germ. if you pinch his hand and skin goes back right away it good sign he is getting enough fluid.

Diana - posted on 11/02/2009

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hi Krystal, my son had the same problem not long ago, my husband wrap a cold towel around his ankles and leave for about 15-20 minutes that help as well bringing his fever down, give him lots of water, try mixing his fav juice with a little water....

Danita - posted on 11/02/2009

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If he is taking in all that, then he is OK. I know it's hard, but just hang in there. I f you are too worried about it, and the dr. won't see him, then take him to an Urgent care. Or insist that he be seen with your doctor.

Krista - posted on 11/01/2009

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I'm glad your little one is better or atleast continually getting better but it works and I'm glad it did for you. My kids have immune defiency disorder just means they get sick quicker so I know alot of how to deal with sickness comes with the territory.

Krystal - posted on 11/01/2009

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I would Like to thank you all for the advice you gave and the support. It was all really good advice . And now I am happy to report that his fever broke about four hours ago and he is back to his normal little self. He is not drinking like noraml yet but its more than hes been. I think by tomarrow he will be 100 percent again. Thank you all sooooo much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Krista - posted on 10/31/2009

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My kids dont handle fevers since they were little because they had febrile sizsures. I gave them motrin and tynenol because they are different families, this really help and then I switched every 3hrs till it stabilized. As long as they are drinking and main things is peeing. If they start sleeping alot and are hard to wake up then you know you have a problem.

Karen - posted on 10/31/2009

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Think about letting him have ice chips. That may cool his body down while giving him liquids. I hate it when kiddos are sick. Don't let the doctor blow you off though if you think he needs to be seen. A high fever for over two days should be checked out for sure!

Karen - posted on 10/31/2009

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You are doing just fine. Since he is not throwing up and he is still drinking some fluids he should be fine. If he is peeing that is another sign he is fine. It is when they are throwing up and not drinking that it is the biggest chance for dehydration. But even then as long as they are putting fluids in after each time - some stays in so they don't get dehydrated. My grandson was just sick - throwing up constantly. but after each time he threw up he would drink some water. Even though he threw up each time they say some fluids stay in.

Norlinda - posted on 10/31/2009

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don't u worry at least he drink some water. if he had fever just reap him with wet towel around te body. every 15mins do te same rotien until he look better,but dont forget to put te towel at te fourhead too. i hope he will get well soon............!

Krystal - posted on 10/30/2009

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Thank you all very much for your advice it is very helpful and I will post again tomarrow some time if i can and let you all know how he is doing. Again thank you all sooooo much!!!!

Kim - posted on 10/30/2009

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My daughter had the same issues when she was little. You can tell when they are dehydrated. They don't go potty and they have no energy. I gave my daughter an ounce of liquid (her favorite drink) every 15 to 20 minutes. The applesauce helps too because it has lots of liquid in it. Try jello as well.

Cyrilla - posted on 10/30/2009

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try Popsicle, even if he only sucks on a little bit of it, he will be okay...as long as he uses the bathroom with more than a trickle you are okay..also try broth or some light not heavy soup, that will give him liquids and the nourishment he needs..little every fifteen minutes..

Tanyia - posted on 10/30/2009

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Sounds like your doing every thing that need to be done. Another way to tell if he is dehydrated is if his mouth is dry or tacky , if you want him to take in more fluids try natural fuit pops or pedialight pops

Sandra - posted on 10/30/2009

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Just like Stephanie said just keep giving liquid and if he is still peeing he isn't dehydrated. Why is the doctor saying don't bring him in? He should be looked at and if it is more than the flu he can be tested for the H1N1 virus. If the temperature is still climbing I would take him in.

Stephanie - posted on 10/30/2009

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There's a quick test for that. :) If you pinch the skin on the back of his hand and it goes right back into place then he's fine. If it kind of stays up a bit and all wrinkly, then he's dehydrated.

It sounds like he's fine though. He's getting some to drink and he's still peeing. :) You're doing fine; hang in there. He'll be better soon. My friend's kids just went through this... cold with flu-like symptoms, doc said... took 4 days or so to come down.

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