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My 5 year old is sick

post #1 of 24
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I took Raina to the Doctor today. She has had one cold after another, since the middle of January. She is well for 5-7 days and sick again. Fever, cough, runny nose, she is just not well. She is really pale. He checked from head to toe. He could find no sign of infection. He said there are so many virus going around. Most likely she is just catching one after another. her body isn't getting a chance to recover, before another starts. He has seen several cases like this recently. The kids ended up with pneumonia. He put her on Biaxin incase there is a sinus infection, or something brewing. She has been running a temperature of 101-102. He said to watch her carefully. if her temperature goes any higher. or she gets sicker to bring to the ER.
post #2 of 24
Did he run a test for herpes?
Also - please consider giving her an L-Lysine supplement. You can buy it at any pharmacy, crush the pill and add to her wet food. If she doesn't eat wet, the vets office should have a paste available...
post #3 of 24
Umm, I think she's talking about her 5 year old human child.

Healing for Raina and calming for you, mbjerkness.
post #4 of 24
Oh no! I hope she feels better soon! My son recently had Influenza B, so I know it is tough having a sick kid. I wouldn't consider a 101-102 to be very high, though. Greyson's temp was upwards of 104 at some points, but I don't even consider going to the ER until it is in the mid 104+ range. Even at 101-102 I don't medicate unless there is pain involved (my son had horrible headaches b/c of the flu, otherwise he would have been left to battle it out) until it reaches at least 103+. The fever is there for a reason, and needs to be left alone so it can do its job and get rid of whatever she is fighting.

My friend that I've known since preschool is a Pharmacist and I asked her if she would suggest anything to give him since the meds (phenergan with codeine) wasn't working, and she told me to get him Delsym which is over the counter.

Good luck, though. I hope this clears up soon and she starts to feel better!!
post #5 of 24
Yikes! That happened to me my first year of college. Every time I got over one virus/flu, I got hit with another. I was missing classes constantly and had to come home all the time.

Someone finally suggested I have my tonsils taken out and that was the miracle cure. I didn't get a cold for almost 5 years!

Have her doctors discussed that option?
post #6 of 24
I hope she feels better! the DR told us there is a few different vioruses floating around right now, my kids have each caught them one after another.
post #7 of 24
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Originally Posted by carolinalima View Post
Did he run a test for herpes?
Also - please consider giving her an L-Lysine supplement. You can buy it at any pharmacy, crush the pill and add to her wet food. If she doesn't eat wet, the vets office should have a paste available...
It is my human child . The reason the doctor doesn't want her to run a fever above 102 is she starts babbling then has a seizure. This is going to sound like am a horrible Mother, She won't get off of me. She has never been a clingy child. I can hardly go to the bathroom without her. Right now she is having a little sleep so I get a little break. She is basically glued to me.
post #8 of 24
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I spoke too soon she is awake.
post #9 of 24
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Originally Posted by mbjerkness View Post
It is my human child . The reason the doctor doesn't want her to run a fever above 102 is she starts babbling then has a seizure. This is going to sound like am a horrible Mother, She won't get off of me. She has never been a clingy child. I can hardly go to the bathroom without her. Right now she is having a little sleep so I get a little break. She is basically glued to me.
All my kids are like that when they are sick!
post #10 of 24
You said she's 5. Is she in school for the first time? Because when my kids started school- it was NOT fun. One cold after the other. And, they're going to give each other everything under the sun b/c if she's anything like my kids- all they did at school at the end of the day is give each other hugs

On a more serious note, my youngest wound up with mono when she was in
2nd grade. I asked her later if they were "sharing" things at lunch. She said "oh yeah mom- we like to share ALL of our food". SIGH. Needless to say, the teacher had a long talk with the class about sharing drinks and other food that you've already taken a bite out of right after my dtr came down with mono.

Cheryl
post #11 of 24
Though carolinalima was a bit off on the species, checking for herpes isn't a bad idea. There's 8 different types that affect humans. "mono" or Epstein-Barr is type 4, cold sores come from type 1, chicken pox/shingles is type 3, 6 causes rash and high fever in children, 7 is similar to 6 and also can be commonly found in children.

I have a person on another forum to blame for this info sticking in my head - her mother had/has type 5 CMV and she worried about her constant exposure to it, thus was discussing types of herpes virus. Most people have been infected or exposed to 6, 7, 3, and 1, so it's something interesting to think about.

In any case, if blood tests haven't been done it might be time for a few.
post #12 of 24
I hope your daughter starts feeling better and her immune system gets stronger so she can fight off those bugs.
post #13 of 24
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Originally Posted by mbjerkness View Post
It is my human child . The reason the doctor doesn't want her to run a fever above 102 is she starts babbling then has a seizure. This is going to sound like am a horrible Mother, She won't get off of me. She has never been a clingy child. I can hardly go to the bathroom without her. Right now she is having a little sleep so I get a little break. She is basically glued to me.
I hope she feels better!
post #14 of 24
Sorry to hear your daughter is sick. I hope she feels well soon
Keep us updated!
post #15 of 24
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Her cough is terrible, She kept me awake most of the night. No fever this morning. She seems to be in better spirits today. She ate a little bit of toast. I found out from her teacher, another little boy in her class was the same way, he developed pneumonia. It is probably the same kid the doctor was talking about. We live in a very small town. My 18 year old daughter gave, Raina her Nintendo DS and a few suitable games to play.
post #16 of 24
Sounds like she's starting to recover a little bit. Is she suppose to go back to the doctor? More until she's completely well and big for you!
post #17 of 24
Are you letting her sleep propped up or laying flat/one pillow? When I get bronchitis/respiratory infections I've found that propping myself up helps me sleep some. Even if that means she has to sleep in a recliner or with several pillows it's worth a try.
post #18 of 24
Sorry I had to laugh I was imagining her at the vets office!

I hope she's feeling better soon
post #19 of 24
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Originally Posted by strange_wings View Post
Are you letting her sleep propped up or laying flat/one pillow? When I get bronchitis/respiratory infections I've found that propping myself up helps me sleep some. Even if that means she has to sleep in a recliner or with several pillows it's worth a try.
I wish I could prop her up. I slept with her once in a hotel room, It is like an all night wrestling match. She is all over the place.

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Originally Posted by WellingtonCats View Post
Sorry I had to laugh I was imagining her at the vets office!

I hope she's feeling better soon
I need to specify human or fur child.
She must have an infection because the antibiotics are working. She is coughing much less. She still sounds like her lungs are full of liquid, but her breathing is much better. I got some sleep last night
post #20 of 24
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Originally Posted by Sneakymom View Post
You said she's 5. Is she in school for the first time? Because when my kids started school- it was NOT fun. One cold after the other. And, they're going to give each other everything under the sun b/c if she's anything like my kids- all they did at school at the end of the day is give each other hugs

On a more serious note, my youngest wound up with mono when she was in
2nd grade. I asked her later if they were "sharing" things at lunch. She said "oh yeah mom- we like to share ALL of our food". SIGH. Needless to say, the teacher had a long talk with the class about sharing drinks and other food that you've already taken a bite out of right after my dtr came down with mono.

Cheryl


You didn't say if Raina is in a kindergarten or preschool... When our daughter started kindergarten here, she was sick constantly, it was unbelievable. I started asking some questions about hygiene at the school and it turns out that the kids NEVER washed their hands before snack or lunch. Even though there were posters up and the newsletters were always talking about hand washing, teachers never brought it up and the kids didn't think of it on their own.

The WORST part, though, and what was keeping many of the kids sick that year, was the music teacher's bowl of jellybeans. After each class, she let each student (she taught the entire school) dig for their favorite color of jellybean. All the little unwashed hands handled all the jellybeans! The school had its worst attendance that year ever.

I hope your daughter make a speedy and full recovery, and I hope you are getting some rest, too.
post #21 of 24
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Yes she is in kindergarden. She is a hugger. The teacher insists on hand washing several times a day. Right now everywhere I go people are sick. There are so many bugs going around. The doctor also thinks it has alot to do with her immune system. She was a premie 2 1/2 lbs at birth. My 18 year old was also a premie 2lbs. we went through this with her until she was about 12.
post #22 of 24
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Originally Posted by WellingtonCats View Post
Sorry I had to laugh I was imagining her at the vets office! :
I thought the same thing too at first! Sorry, it made me laugh all over again!

Sounds like you have years to go with Raina catching all sorts of bugs Short of making your kids wear gloves and doctor masks all day, there's not much you can do but make them wash their hands constantly.
post #23 of 24
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Originally Posted by SwampWitch View Post
The WORST part, though, and what was keeping many of the kids sick that year, was the music teacher's bowl of jellybeans. After each class, she let each student (she taught the entire school) dig for their favorite color of jellybean. All the little unwashed hands handled all the jellybeans!
EWWW!

I never shared food, drinks, hugged on others, or anything like that. I still remember my mother being offended when I refused to let her have a sip of my drink when I was 3. I have no idea where I learned this, but by the time I went in to kindergarten I understood a lot about bacteria and viruses (ok, maybe I learned it from reading whatever book I came across at home ).

I remember in grade school when they wanted us to all pile our coats in the back of the room or hang them together in a small closet. I refused, kept my coat on the back of my chair, and thus didn't end up with head lice every time all the other kids had them.

I suggest that parents sit down and explain "germs", instead of just telling a kid they need to wash their hands or just saying not to share food.
post #24 of 24
My DD is also named Raina.
I hope your baby girl is feeling better soon, poor little thing. Loads of healing vibes coming her way.
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