should i take my child to doc with these symptoms

Lisa - posted on 11/19/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )

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my son has been running a low grade fever for almost four days with a cough that seems to be getting worse and his eyes are red.his nose wont stop running and you can hear it all in him when he talks. he has had diahrea and not really been eating. should i take him to the doc. my baby is only 2

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Tara - posted on 11/20/2012

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I would take him to the doctor. With the cough getting worse, the diarrhea and the lack of food intake would be something they would want to see him for. They also recommend going in if the fever has been ongoing for more than a couple of days, so since he's had it for four days that would be something they would want to see him for.



As long as he is taking in enough liquids to keep him from getting dehydrated he shouldn't be too bad - he'll feel absolutely miserable though.



If the mucous from his nose is yellow or green he probably has a sinus infection or something similar and the diarrhea and being off his food will be at least partially from the snot draining down the back of his throat.



If the mucous from his nose is clear and thin, and his eyes are red and itchy, he may be having an allergic reaction to something. My allergist told me that the easiest way to tell if it is an infection versus an allergy is if the mucous is clear and stays clear (doesn't change to yellow or green). If it is yellow or green that indicates infection.

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Lisa - posted on 11/20/2012

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thanks so much. its deff yellow to light green. i just worry so much with him. he already has bead allergies and asthma. and normally eats all the time. he still drinking although not as much

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