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Took my daughter to the ER Saturday morning she had a 101 fever and was just laying there whimpering. Saturday night she wouldn't sleep til 11 30 at night. Sunday she was a little cranky and had a small 101 fever again. Well this Morning at 3 30 am I checked on her and she was just burning up. I checked her temp and it was 102.1 so I layed down with her for a while and she kept coughing.

Well she's been on Zithromax since Saturday and she keeps getting fevers. I need advice before I call the pediatrician or decide to take back to ER. Any help would be appreciated.

Well called Pediatrician and they put me on hold for 10 minutes then a receptionist picked up and took a message. They're suppose to call me back today though last time it took 6 hours for them to call me back thank god it wasn't an emergency then :/
Oh well they finally called me after waiting 3 hours. Said not to bring her in. Hopefully her fevers will go down :/
her fever is nor breaking with meds and they told you not to bring her in? that sounds weird to me. Just remember to trust your intuition and if you feel something is really wrong then to take her to the ER.
Well they'd break for about an hour or two then start up again. She said that since she's on Zithromax that it can take up to 5 days to get relief. I hate seeing my daughter in such distress over an ear infection. I get upset over a little sore throat.

Oh and btw does ear infections cause your throat to be irritated and red? The ER doctor said hers were irritated but saw no signs of pus aka Strep. I panic everytime I even think of strep throat and i'd just lose it if my poor child got it as often as I did. :/ I can't get her to open her mouth much for me to check her throat so might do that, but since she's on Antibiotics it might kick anything that she may have I Hope.

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When is a fever too high. My dad said that 102 fever isn't something to get worked up over in a child. My mom's co worker said not to worry until the child gets a 107 fever <---- That's just messed up in my opinion and thankfully this woman doesn't have children.

It's something that i'd rather know becuase I get anxious when she breaks 100. She rarely gets fevers and they are usually associated with vaccines so any information on fevers is appreciated.
I'm surprised they gave you zithromax -- it's more spendy and they usually prescribe the pink stuff or augmentin. DS has always been put on the stronger augmentin -- his fever usually continues to go up/stay up for the first day and then is manageable the next day and by the third day of antibiotics he's good to go. We just make sure we keep giving him tylenol every 4 hours.

BTW, I found out last summer I wasn't giving DS enough tylenol. I was giving him the dosage for a small infant and because of his age/weight I could have been giving him twice as much. Scared the heck out of me 'cuz his fever was well over 103
[QUOTE=Kirii]Well they'd break for about an hour or two then start up again. She said that since she's on Zithromax that it can take up to 5 days to get relief. I hate seeing my daughter in such distress over an ear infection. I get upset over a little sore throat.

Oh and btw does ear infections cause your throat to be irritated and red? The ER doctor said hers were irritated but saw no signs of pus aka Strep. I panic everytime I even think of strep throat and i'd just lose it if my poor child got it as often as I did. :/ I can't get her to open her mouth much for me to check her throat so might do that, but since she's on Antibiotics it might kick anything that she may have I Hope.

Edit to add...

When is a fever too high. My dad said that 102 fever isn't something to get worked up over in a child. My mom's co worker said not to worry until the child gets a 107 fever <---- That's just messed up in my opinion and thankfully this woman doesn't have children.

It's something that i'd rather know becuase I get anxious when she breaks 100. She rarely gets fevers and they are usually associated with vaccines so any information on fevers is appreciated.[/QUOTE]

Your father is right about a 102 fever, it's not terribly high for a child. Your mother's co-worker is wrong though, that's just ridiculous not to worry until it hits 107. I'd say that if your child had a fever of 104 or higher, take her to the ER.
My mom kind of laughed when she heard the 107 fever thing to. She's doing better on her fever tonight. It broke on it's own and went to 98.5 which is a relief, but she's still not feeling well. She keeps going to bed around 10 30 at night and fighting the whole way. Now she has diarhea, but she's been drinking fluids and not eating any real food. We've tried a variety of different foods, but she keeps spitting them out. She can usually eat a good meal when she's hungry though she's on the skinny side Though her pediatrician said it's because they haven't tracked her since birth. Hopefully tomorrow she'll feel a little better.

I think the reason they don't like taking her in at the pediatrician's office is because she's on state insurance. The state still has yet to file an order for medical and child support and pretty much forwarded it to another state since the father doesn't live here so she's pretty much stuck with this state insurance that most doctor's can't stand because they have to eat half the cost per visit. Mom is asking her co workers for recommendations on a different pediatrician. Hopefully we'll find a better place because i've heard nothing but bad opinions on this place.

Zithromax is spendy, but as with her insurance no out of pocket costs it's 48 bucks here.
I think the reasonn they said not to bring her in is that there really is no need.They are actually saving you the really uneeded expense.This is just a very common occurance.It sounds like your child is doing quite normally considering her circumstances.I am glad that the woman who suggested that 107 is when you treat a fever, has no children.yikes!i never treat a low grade fever as that is your bodies way of heating up to help fight the infection.If it should hit between 102 and up, depending on just how uncomfortable they are, treat as needed with tylenol.i too am suprised that your ped chose Zithromax instead of the old standby, ammoxicillin.It really does sound like everything is pretty normal with your child,and she will eat when she is ready.but if more than a few days goes by and she is still not eating, then i would take her in to be checked out.The most important thing right now, is she getting alot of fluids so she wont get dehydrated?If she is not drinking well, she really needs to be seen very soon so they can keep a very close eye on her.espescially if she is currently underweight.Keep us posted,K?Marcia
She sucks down fluids like mad which is good :) I still worry about her sugar intake cause her father is type 1 diabetic and diabetes run in our family. It's no expense for me to take her in, but it is something that i'd rather not do unless I have to cause it can be traumatic for someone poking and prodding the child. Saturday morning she wouldn't even drink juices and she just laid there whimpering so I took her in asap instead of waiting for the walk in clinic at her pediatrician's office. My child is normally very healthy with only minor colds so this was scary :(
It's not really the cost issue with zithromax, but that drug is usually prescribed for more severe, upper respiratory infections -- pnemonia, whooping cough, bronchitis. Augmentin and Amoxicillan are more appropriate for ear infections. Just kind of a strong drug to use for ear infections.

Hopefully your child is doing well. We just kept pushing the juice, pedialyte, etc. when DS got sick last summer.
I heard it was strong and I know it's just a simple ear infection not sure why they chose it. She's never had any other antibiotic before so not sure :/
She has a wet sounding cough now :/ Her cousin Mason had the flu and she was playing with him and they both ended up sick on the same day. *2 days after playing together* She's had her flu shots, but I doubt he has since he's over the age limit here and his mom took him to the doctor and he has the flu. Not sure if the flu shot will protect her fully from the flu and I doubt that they'd let her be seen for the flu either :/ No fever though so that's a plus. It just makes me cringe hearing her cough and having that sound, knowing that her chest sounds congested. I gave her some medicine for chest and nose congestion gonna see how that helps her. Not really sure what a doctor could do for her since she is still taking antibiotics. Hopefully she'll get through this. I hope that I can get through this to :/ I hate seeing her so sick and feeling so helpless.
Going on 3rd day with liquid diarhea :/ It's so bad that it shoots out of the diaper. It's always liquid. She won't drink Pedialyte even though I tried different flavors. She will only eat and drink at night even though we try to give her a sippy cup with juice or pedialyte and give her the option of drinking when she's thirsty. She sounds so horrible when coughing :/ Gonna try and call the pediatrician once more and see what I should do for the diarhea, but i'm sure they'll just blow me off and I will just go find another one to see her when she's better. I don't want them to medicate her, but come on at least give me some advice on how to relieve some of her discomfort :(

Ok she's finally got an appointment for tomorrow for a ear check up and to see what to do about this diarhea.
oh poor little thing :(

Just remember to keep pushing the liquids, even if she's only taking sips. My Dr. told me that if you pinch the skin on the inside of her thigh and it doesn't spring right back, then it's time to take her to the ER.

Hope this is over real soon for you and her!
I hope she is feeling better soon.

I do understand your worry. Our daughter had a total of 35 (yes, you read that right) ear infections before her fourth birthday. We have been on almost every imagainable antibiotic and for whatever reason zithromax never seemed to work as well as the regular penicillin anitibiotics. Amoxicilin is really inexpensive and always worked well for us, better than the stronger stuff most of the time.

Let us know what the doctor says.

Nancy
He said she has a "bug". I told him how her cousin has the flu and they both got sick within 2 days after playing with each other and he's like. She probably got a little bug from visiting the ER. There was NO ONE in the waiting room at the ER. And she didn't pass by any patients while there or get near anyone that wasn't a nurse or doctor. I have been to the ER myself for Strep and I know to go in before 9 cause most people won't take a trip there early. Not sure why. He said that she threw up cause she had to much phlem in her throat or something. And that having diarhea 8 seperate times in one day is ok. She wasn't dehydrated cause her mouth was wet. Though i've been through dehydration and usually get fussed at by my doctor and the main reason I know is my mouth gets real dry. So he's probably right on that. She's eating more and not really liking juice or pedialyte so we've broken down and given her some sprite. I'm not crazy about giving my kid pop, but Sprite Zero or regular Sprite is better than cola I guess.

He said he didn't need to see her back until she got sick again or for her 18 month check up. I almost hated bringing her in there. It's a pediatric and adult place I use to go to that office 5 years ago myself. There were adults there coughing and sneezing all around. Even some nurses were coughing. Next time i'm gonna follow them around and make sure they wash their hands :P She's still having bad diarhea though :/ It's so wet that the diaper isn't catching it all and her clothes are getting soiled. Which isn't a horrible problem, but i'm sure she doesn't care much for it either. Hopefully this will end soon :/





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