I had my 2 year old son to the doctors 2 days ago for flu like symptoms... I told his doctor that he had been running a fever off and on for a couple days, he has a nasty cough and diarreha... She put him on amoxicillion for his congestion but I've been giving him tylenol for his fevers but his fevers still aren't going away after a week... What should I do??? I hate seeing him like this it kills me!!! Please help!!
Childrens Tylenol never brought my kids fevers down. I always had to alternate with Childrens Motrin. I would give them the Tylenol then about 2 hours later I would give the Motrin. I would spacethe Tylenol out every 4-6 hours and also the Motrin about every 6 hours but would alternate with each med so they were getting something about every 3 hours. This was sanctioned by their pediatrician and was the only way I could ever keep their fevers down. Also, my children rarely responded to amoxicillin. I never allowed that med to be prescribed because it never helped my kids and it always seemed to be the one that the pediatricians wanted to prescribe. I would just tell them that it is never effective for my kids. Usually they would then give them Augmentin or Septra DS which worked better. This virus that is making the rounds with cough and congestion is a very virulent virus and it seems to be hard to kick once someone is infected with it. I have been seeing a lot of this.
I agree with KM, if your child hasnt responded to abx after a week, you need to call the pediatrician again.
put rubbing alcohol on his back and chest. That will bring a fever down for a few hours. Make sure that your baby doesn't dehydrate with the fever and diarrhea. This won't have any negative-medical side effects. Just keep it away from the face, especially the eyes and mouth. The Army used it before antibiotics, Navy pediatrics told us to use it. Also open a can of 7 UP, let the fizz go out and have your son sip it. That will go a long way to keep your son from dehydrating. I recently had a nurse, and a doctor in a different clinic say that 7 Up that's set for about 6 hours is almost like an IV. It seems to help the stomach too. Good luck--Have you tried rubbing Vicks or Eucalyptus oil on his back to help shake that cough loose? People forget about the basics that brought relief to millions of people. You can warm a towel, put the Vicks on and wrap the towel around the body. -Not hot warm. Then take the towel off. I would not to that with the rubbing alcohol-I'd worry about the fever first. Some people use Vicks on the bottom of the feet.
And be sure to never give a child under three aspirin. Some docs say five.
There is a rare disease connected with aspirin and virus called Reyes syndrome.
The fever is low and typical of a virus. Watch for deep chest coughing. A fever that low is only treated if the child is uncomfortable or has aches and pains. up to you. fevers actually help get rid of the virus. use your judgement on the child's comfort level. if wanting to play and be active, just be sure some naps are included. Otherwise, lots of love, blankies and it will clear up. Keep the child hydrated, too. No sugary stuff like sweetened anything or sodas. These can cause problems in the mouth and throat with secondary infections.
Should the fever go up to over 102, that will need a doctor. Ok? Hope he recovers soon. My daughter always got fevers of 103 with colds and such. Worried me a lot. Kids run higher fevers than adults. A bit of liquid Tylenol and she was doing better.
And none of these OTC can bring a fever down more than two degrees. If you don't have times when there is no med you won't know what the real fever is doing.
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