high fever 104+ for 12 days and no help!

Elizabeth - posted on 11/11/2013 ( 15 moms have responded )

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My almost 3 yr old has had a fever which peaks nightly around 104+ underarm. He has had it for 12 days now except one day in which he was normal temp, which of course was his follow up appointment from the er visit in which we were told its pointless to bring atoddler in for ahigh fever. (104.3 at the er) his dr had started him on amoxicillin but he broke out in hives and started throwing up with diarrhea. We were sent to the er told he was probably allergic to amoxicillin and he was given a shot of a different antibiotic along with something(the name escapes me) to counteract any allergic reaction he might have. He was started on a new antibiotic to take at home and finished the dosage but that was almost a week ago now. He is still suffering from a high fever nightly, is easier for me to monitor during the day but still throws up when his fever spikes. He's drinking lots of fluids and eating a little. I am giving him ibuprofen every 6 hours and Tylenol when ican't get his fever down. Ifeel like nobody is helping me like they should, it's been 12 days of this now and I'm worried about giving him so much medicine for so long and why here still has afever after this long. Has anyone else encountered a Relentless fever in their little ones like this? Should ikeep just waiting for it to go away? Iam making another apt with his dr tomorrow but iam scared nothing will come of it..

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Gena - posted on 11/12/2013

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Take him to the doctor and demand them to take blood tests if he has diarrhea let them also check his poo for parasites,sallmonella etc. Tell the doctor you want to know exactly what is going on.I wish you good luck and that he gets the treatment he needs and feels better soon.

Guadalupe - posted on 11/12/2013

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best wishes! many hugs to you and your family during this hectic time. keep me updated?

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Malik - posted on 01/29/2017

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i would like to know what they prescribed him? i am having same condition as him but i am 27 years old and feeling helpless because of doctor's.

Elizabeth - posted on 11/18/2013

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So since my little man has been properly treated and is on the road back to obnoxious, i have been told i should file a malpractice suit against the first hospital we kept taking him to... is that something i should do? because frankly I'm pissed. I feel that they should have done something sooner and they could've run tests to see there was something actually wrong with him rather than tell me it was "pointless" to bring a child in with such a high fever because there was"nothing they could do"and sent us home...twice

Elizabeth - posted on 11/14/2013

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We took my little man into a different er instead of his primary dr afew says ago. They ended up admitting him and put him on an khv with antibiotics and fluid to keep him hydrated. His actual diagnosis was ahigh fever, ear infection, leukocytosis, sinusitis and he tested positive for adenovirus.. his lung xray came back "Streaky" he couldn't eat or drink without vomiting so they just worked on keeping him hydrated. He was also diagnosed with RAD so that didn't help his poor lungs.. he would stop breathing in his sleep for about 20seconds. But he would start up on his own again while still sleeping. It was ridiculously scary but we knew he was in Good hands. He is now home from the hospital. Not healthy yet but his fever broke last night and he is drinking which was the stipulation for us coming home. He is on antibiotics for 2weeks longer and ibuprofen and nasal spray With suction to help with congestion. He's still having ahard time Breathing when he sleeps but at the hospital his oxygen level didn't go below 90since last night so he should be fine.. We propped the he's off his bed so that should help. We were told if the fever returns, we need to get him back to the erfor more testing. But ihope he's not going to have to go thru that again. But in the meantime, were happy to be home and after afew mostly sleepless nights (igot sent home by his concerned daddy last night so icould rest and take care of myself for anight..ilove that man) he is hopefully on his way back to his usual happy self. :) thank you all for the support to go back to someone else. Iwas second guessing myself but they said it was areally good thing ibrought him in, his ear infection was really bad and "definitely painful" and he needed the extra help from the amazing doctors and nurses to start getting better. They said in A week or so we should have our little man back to normal.

Marci - posted on 11/14/2013

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I worked with a woman who had a allergy to formaldehyde ( it I s in tile, carpet, lots of things) and she reacted much the same it just came on one day. You might test for allergy reactions like this . I hope you get answers soon and a happy end .

Penny - posted on 11/13/2013

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This sounds like the beginning of every medical show I have ever seen. Doctors tend to blow mothers off because they see too many hysterical Moms...over reactors make up such a small minority of us Moms but take up a disproportionately large portion of a typical doctor's time, so I can see why they might think we are all like that...eventhough nothing could be further from the truth. I wont take my kids to the doctor unless I am REALLY worried, because I dont want them to pick up germs from the medical center or god forbid emergency room. I think most moms dont take a child in unless it is warranted. That being said I would have done everything you have done in your situation because reoccurring fever can be signs of something alto more serious. Good luck, I really hope your little one gets better soon.

Elizabeth - posted on 11/13/2013

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Thank you! :) hopefully we will know something soon, i have my other little one starting to get sick at home with his gramma.. dr appointment tomorrow for him now too

Gena - posted on 11/13/2013

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Glad they took urine blood and stool samples! I wish you and your family all the best,hopr your little one will feel better soon!

Elizabeth - posted on 11/13/2013

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We brought him in to a different er yesterday morning and they admitted him. they've done xrays blood and stool and urine tests, were waiting on results from most of them still but know he's got some kind of infection, either pneumonia or a "really bad virus" and The scariest thing is he has been sleeping Occasionally but will stop breathing for fifteen or twenty seconds then gasp for air. He's on antibiotics, but his allergy to amoxicillin limits what ythey can use so it's making it difficult. The plan of attack is Treating the ear infection and newly acquired mucus and Tylenol and Motrin every 6hours to keep the fever under control. We're going the fever will subside when the other symptoms are gone but we don't know yet. .tune will tell :)

Elizabeth - posted on 11/11/2013

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I hate it too, he's doing ok so far tonight, but I've been staying on top of the medicine, but I'm prepared to make the drive if needed tonight, we're going to go to the er where my step mom works but she said she would make sure he's taken care of :)

Guadalupe - posted on 11/11/2013

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3 You should try the half our drive to the ER, i know its soooo long a drive when a child is sick, but I hate that you're being sent home so much with such a high fever.

Elizabeth - posted on 11/11/2013

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Ty, we've been trying all the tricks in the book but i feel like nobody is taking it seriously. We went to the er 3 times last week and to the dr twice. I haven't tried lettuce on his belly but have been giving cool baths and using wet towels on his neck. He's been staying hydrated, lots of juice And water and will eat occasionally beside popsicles but usually throws it up when his fever spikes. We've been taking him to the same er because it's only a 5 minute drive opposed to ahalf hour.

Guadalupe - posted on 11/11/2013

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Keep taking him back, a fever that high NEEDS to be a reason for alarm at the ER, take him to a different ER or urgent care! Give him childrens Tylenol, every 4-6 hours and keep him hydrated. Do not bundle him up in clothes, apply wet towels (lukewarm) to the top of his head, and maybe lettuce leaves to his abdomen (they're cool) BUT PLEASE KEEP TAKING HIM TO ER OR URGENT CARE.
Take him to a different one, take him to a different doctor! I hope all is well soon! much love and well wishes

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