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Sarah - posted on 10/28/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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My son is 15 months old. This morning he seemed fine, but suddenly he went into a total crying fit which I figured was due to having something that he wasn't supposed to have get taken away. But I realized that wasn't it when he wouldn't stop, even when I tried to cuddle with him which would normally patch things up if he was just having a tantrum. So I just let him wander around crying. He sat in the living room and cried, making grunting sounds that he does when he is physically hurt. he laid down so I thought he might be tired. I went to give him his breakfast before I put him down for a nap like I usually do (his nap is in the morning, unusual I know) But he wouldn't eat a bite. So I just laid him down. He conked out but woke up as upset as before. I fed him some lunch but he hardly touched it and began crying once again. I took his temp. and it was 99.1, but I don't know if that's because he had himself all worked up. I put him back in his crib and now he's just laying there in his sleeping position with his eyes open. Could these be symptoms of the flu? I don't know what's wrong since obviously he can't communicate it, but I do know it's very unusual behavior for him. He's had a good poo today and typically when he teethes, this isn't how he acts. Any input?

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Joanna - posted on 10/31/2009

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Thank goodness, because my youngest is about the same age and since they are so little I would have called the ped. right away. These flu's that are going around are targeting the smallest ones. and I don't usually worry about that kind of thing. I am so glad to hear that your little one is better.

Kim - posted on 10/29/2009

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In my non-medical opinion, it doesn't sound like the flu. It is possible he's cutting a tooth. Even though he's not acted like this before with teething, those teeth can do funny things to their little bodies. I would call your dr just to make sure there's nothing else wrong and I would also give him some tylenol. The tylenol will help him to relax (and maybe ease so pain if he has any) so he can sleep.

Sarah - posted on 10/29/2009

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The urgent care is provided at the medical center that his pediatrician is located so he gets more than adequate treatment there. It's not the same "urgent care" you are thinking of. I just can't afford the ER unless it literally is an emergency!!
Anyway, I took him to urgent care and he said that it was not the flu, just something viral. I was going to take him to the hospital for bloodwork today if he was still sick but he's just fine now, no temp. and back to his old self! Thank goodness!

Caryn - posted on 10/29/2009

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I'd take him to the ER rather than urgent care. You will probably have a longer wait but your more likely to end up with a pediactric dr versus someone who doesn't know much about pediatrics.

Sarah - posted on 10/28/2009

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Thanks for your input ladies, due to his lethargy and temp. I'm taking him to urgent care tonight.

Emily - posted on 10/28/2009

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hi Sarah, I have a 17 month old who did that a while back and i discovered he was getting his back teeth, I have three children and each of them had difficulty getting their back teeth, sometimes they ran a temp with it, try him with some Paracetemol and if he hasnt improved by tomorrow and your still unsure then get him checked out but my baby woke really really upset when he was cutting them and it is frightening when they are so upset but very painful for them. Go with your gut feeling tho, you know your child best.

Becky - posted on 10/28/2009

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I would take him to a Dr now. Better to be safe than sorry. He could have swallowed something that is stuck and hurting him. Don't wish to panic you but I wouldn't want to leave him over night. If you say it is unusual behavior and he is now led with his eyes open, he may be feeling really ill. Good Luck and Best Wishes to you both.

Nikki - posted on 10/28/2009

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I would take him to the pediatrician tomorrow if he keeps acting like that..and if he just starts sitting there not doing anything like playing or anything just sitting there thats bad..he could just be having an off day but i would take him to the doc if it persists into tomorrow

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