my 5 month old baby has had a fever for 2weeks 3 doctors told me it is a tummy bug can any1 help

G - posted on 06/14/2010 ( 12 moms have responded )

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my daughter has had a high temperature for 2 weeks along with sickness. She is not having as much bottles as usual but will drink water. I have had her to see 3 different doctors and all said they THINK it is a tummy bug, advised me to give her paracetamol and ibrufen, but she either spits it out or throws it all back up, this has been going on for 2 weeks and shes getting no better at all. Does any1 have any advise, i just want my happy little girl back

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G - posted on 06/15/2010

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thank you for your advise, shes not pulling on her ear and doesn't have cold symtoms? I think I will take her to A&E

Sherry - posted on 06/14/2010

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The high fevor for 2 weeks is bothering me... I'd take your little one back into the doc or as Laurie said the ER... Something's not adding up.. is your baby by chance pulling on her ear alot? An ear infection maybe? for a high fevor this long I'd think an infection is present and bloodwork needs to be taken... I stress this .. Demand to a doc your childs blood and urine checked for infection!

Perhaps she's got an intolerance to ibprofin so infant tylongal would be a suggestion.for pain relief...

explainl to the doctor that your infant is keeping NOTIHNG down by way of fluids and/or nurishment and you fear a loss of waight may be present as well (this can get them off their ass a bit)

If she has a simple cold yes-- it can last 2-3 weeks but from what your saying I suspect it's more along the lines of infection rather then a viral thing like a cold... Also if your seeing just general practitioners ask or call a children's Pediatrician and explain to the nurse what's going on explain that nobody's giving you an adequate response and you'd like someone in the specialty to take a look at her is there one available .... usually for something like this I can't see them saying no

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Kristina - posted on 06/17/2010

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Ummmm.... I think I would be finding another Dr. maybe one that knows what they are talking about. Keep being persistant about it. Apparently something is wrong. have you tried the hospital?

Carolyn - posted on 06/17/2010

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if i was u go to another er or hospitel to get another apinun to c wat they say

G - posted on 06/15/2010

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well I managed to give her 2.5ml of calpol!!! Yeah, lets see how she goes, I will try her with iburofen wen she wakes up! I might not have to take her to hosp, I will still take her to see another doc tho

Maura - posted on 06/15/2010

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Go to pharmacist and get ibuprofen suppositories for infants (they go in the bum, work faster, child doesn't spit up but might have a loose bowel). I would also consider emergency room or a children's hospital (not sure where you live). Any other symptoms? Ear infection?

G - posted on 06/15/2010

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thank you for your advise, the doctors had a look at her ears, eyes and chest and they said everything was normal!

G - posted on 06/15/2010

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thank you for your advise, I have tried mixing the medicine with a little water and she just brings it back up, also her temperature ranges from 98 to 102! I will give it 1 last attempt today and if it doesn't work I will take her to A&E

thank you

Shelly - posted on 06/14/2010

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my daughter was doin the same thing turns out she had an ear infection....she also had the swine flu...the doctors did the same thing to me til i had enough and just went to the ER she had to be in the hospital for a week...thanks to the doctors...if i wouldnt have done that they wouldnt have been able to catch it in time...my daughter was like that for almost 3 weeks...take her up to the ER as soon as possible...

Rebecca - posted on 06/14/2010

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My first inclination is to say that if she's being prescribed medications to treat a stomach bug, but she's spitting them out or throwing them up, then her body hasn't actually had the opportunity to absorb the medication - and thus it's had no chance to actually work on her body. You might need to ask your doctor, first and foremost, if there's a more effective way to administer it - perhaps you can mix it in with the water or her bottle, or, worst case scenario, than can do it intravenously.

I'd also go easy on the water you're giving her - formula and breast milk should have all the water she needs (breast milk is 88% water), so she's probably not getting dehydrated. She also won't drink as much milk if her tummy is full of water.

Otherwise, I can tell you what to do if the above doesn't pan out, but unless you've got pretty good insurance, it's probably going to cost you.

First, if the fever doesn't exceed 101 degrees, then it doesn't constitute a "high fever" to most doctors in a child that age. However, the presenting symptoms in conjunction with the length definitely indicates that this goes beyond a simple "stomach bug," provided the medications you've administered have had the chance to work on the bug.

So you take your baby to the ER (be prepared to sit for a tick) and you tell each and every nurse you talk to that it is NOT a stomach bug. When you are seen by the doctor, tell them that it is NOT a stomach bug. You ask for blood tests, urine samples, stool samples. Your insurance might not cover it - in fact, they probably won't - BUT you'll know for sure if it's a stomach bug or something more serious.

It's your right to demand thorough care for your daughter from a doctor. It doesn't matter if they don't feel like taking the time to do it, or if they feel it's unnecessary. They're providing a service - so get in there and demand that they do.

Laurie - posted on 06/14/2010

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I'd go back to the doctors - and keep bugging them until they figure out what is wrong. I doubt a tummy bug would have lasted two weeks and a high fever is not good. You might try emergency at your local Children's Hospital if there is one - I'd say this qualifies as an emergency.

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