Actual question: Sick kid

Caitlin - posted on 06/15/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My daughter had her 18 month vaccines mid may.. 7 days later she developped a very high fever, I thought it was just a bad cold, but when it hit 105 I brought her into the hospital and the doctors said it was just a reaction to the vaccine, and it could last a week or so more. She had a fever for 8 days total (over 101) and then a very low grade fever for 2 days, she was only really back to her regular happy self for about 2 days. Sunday afternoon, she spiked a fever again (103) and has been lingering around there since then, the Tylenol barely brings it down past 101 now and I feel horrible for her. She spent all of today lying down, she is eating and drinking, there is nothing very visibly wrong with her, no incredibly runny nose, no cough or sneezing or any of the less pleasant symptoms. I'm so confused. They say if it lasts over 72 hours (tommorow afternoon) then go see a doctor, but I feel there is something really wrong beyond just her being sick. She hasn't been in contact with anyone sick, she doesn't go to daycare and whatever it is, our 3.5 month old hasn't caught it, so I really don't think it's anything contagious. Any ideas what it could be? I'm really at a loss, and if I do bring her back to the hospital tommorow, I will push for more tests besides just looking in her ears and throat and feeling her belly. I hate seeing her so sick (sorry I know this is a debating forum, but I get horrible answers on other groups..)

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Sharon - posted on 06/15/2010

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Sounds like maybe her body is out of whack?

Or some underground infection that isn't seen. My daughter had that happen after she had a migraine. The fever just went out of control. Her white bood cell went up, everything pointed to an infection but when they pulled csf - they found nothing.

We wrapped her head in cold wet towels, dosed her with childrens motrin and waited it out.

Tylenol isn't working then try childrens motrin. Its recommended (or it used to be) that you switch back and forth anyway.

It is seriously scary stuff. We hate to see them in so much pain and can't do anything about it. Make the appointment but try the childrens motrin or childrens advil (both are ibuprofren versus tylenols acetaminaphen)

ME - posted on 06/15/2010

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The only vaccine that made Miles "sick" was the MMR...he got a high fever and a rash all over his body...it lasted at least a week, I was horrified...He eventually got over it, but I was on the verge of taking him to the ER..I don't think anyone would blame you for doing that at this point...trust yourself, and do what you feel is right/best for your daughter!

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Jaime - posted on 06/16/2010

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If she's still not recovered after a month then I would say something else is up...Gray's 18-month needles are coming up and so far he hasn't had any reactions to the vaccines worse than diarrhea but I hope it doesn't become this serious. Here's hoping the doc can figure out what's wrong if she doesn't get better by tomorrow.

Nikki - posted on 06/16/2010

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Take her to the hospital if the doctor won't do anything, if it has been this long and nothing is working, plus her unusual behaviour, you need to have her thoroughly checked, demand that they find out what is wrong. You poor thing, this must be really stressful, especially when you have exams. I hope they work it out and she gets better soon. Good luck.

Caitlin - posted on 06/16/2010

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*sigh* rotating tylenol and advil still isn't cutting it. If it is still there in the morning i'm packing her into the car for a trip to the doctor. She got her vaccinations a month ago, I can't see why she is still sick from it, it has to be something else and i'm sick of the "wait it out" theory, because it doesn't seem to be improving, she will barely walk across the room, she will stand there and cry for me to pick her up or take a few steps, fall down and cry, I don't think that's normal for any 18 month old.. On top of it all my exam is tommorow so I hope if they tell me to go to the hospital that I can get it done in the morning because my exam is at 2pm! Ugh..

Jaime - posted on 06/15/2010

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I know it's not very comforting Caitlin, but if she's eating and drinking that is a good sign. I have heard that some kids have horrible reactions to the MMR and it sometimes takes a week or so to recover. I do hope she feels better soon. The advice that has already been given is everything I would have said too...rotate the advil and tylenol and wait it out as Sharon said. It's all you can do and it sucks balls, but hang in there!

Rosie - posted on 06/15/2010

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this may sound simple, but my son had influenza and then started getting better after like a week, and then all of a sudden spiked a somewhat high fever again (103). i took him in, and he had an ear infection. he hsowed no signs of it, didn't grab at his ears or even act like he was in pain. maybe it's that?
hope she starts feeling better soon!

Caitlin - posted on 06/15/2010

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Thanks, i was switching between the advil and tylenol for the 8 days, but haven't done it so far this time. I was told to use them both if I had to to control the fever (just wait 2 hours between the tylenol and advil). I figure if that works, then I can wait it out until friday, but if nothing is better, i'll head out. I hate going to the hospital for nothing, and I wish I could do more. I want her to be better for fathers day so we can have a good weekend!

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