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HELP...is this bad enough the dr can make a diagnosis

Posted by on Feb. 8, 2012 at 1:13 PM
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My son started having this cough about 2 weeks ago, about the same time he was teething agian.  So I kept an eye on him but didn't worry too much because he could have been having excessive drool draining down his throat making him cough.  A couple days later his tooth came in and the cough stayed.  a week after it started, his nose started runing, then he became congested and his cough became worse. 

Thursday last week I noticed he was warm and had a rash.  I took him to the hospital Friday morning after he woke up weezing then coughing.  the pediatrics ward's dr said his lungs were clear but congested and sent him home.  After another night of no sleep and listening to him weezing, coughing, and crying I noticed his rash had spread and I took him to the Urgent care (a different hospital).  That dr said he had chicken pox and told me to follow up with his pediatritian after 48 hours. 

48 hours later, no spots, blisters, or signs of chicken pox, i did notice a small lump on either side of his neck.  I took him to his pediatritian adn explained everything.  He said it definately isn't chicken pox.  He listened to my son's lungs, checked his temperature, the lumps, his ears, nose and eyes, and the rash.  He told me the rash was from the fever, the lumps were swollen lymph nodes from an upper respiratory infection that is causeing his other symptoms as well.  He said it was either croup or rsv, but it was too soon to tell which one so he can't treat my son yet and I should wait until he gets worse. 

Well, now he runs a mild fever more often, but it's not over 99.3 yet, he coughs alot more and ocasionaly it's a deeper toned cough, yesterday he woke up so badly congested he could breath at all threw his nose and as the day went on when he would breath threw his nose i could feel it as a grateing in his chest. Last night he woke up several times weezing and coughing, and one time, around 3 am, he gasped in air after and before coughing some more, and i got him to fuss and cry enupugh that i FINLY got the bulb thing to get some of that out of his nose he's also sleeping more often during the day and night when he's done coughing and his fever breaks he's also hardly eating. this morning he ate 5 thin slices of banana and was done and he started acting like his lymph nodes are herting.

So...is this bad enough the dr can make a diagnosis and treat him or do I wait longer? 

Update: May 21st:  ok so he had continued to stop breathing at night, so after months of appointments and tests we have a referral to a specialist and a tentative diagnosis of obstructive apnea

Update:

He woke up from his nap with a light blue around his mouth so I called an ambulance His nose was so congested he could hardly breath through it so his o2 levels dropped.  They cleared him up and tested for RSV, FINALLY!  none of the dr's had done that before.  they got his o2 up from 76 to 98  and cleared his nose out with saline and suctioned it.  his rsv came back negative the pediatric er dr said he has croup, gave him a nebulizer treatment and an oral steriod and released him about 6 hours later.  


update:  wel, his cough got bad again, and his congestin sounds like it's trying to come back., I hope his pedi can do somthing tomarow

update: pedi couldn't get him in i have to wait till monday to see if i can get a same day appt.

Update:  taking him in again to the hospital,  fever is in the 100's and hasn't broke since noon,  it is 8 pm my time.  and cough is mucusy and bad and he's been lathargic all day


Jessi Tiger

by on Feb. 8, 2012 at 1:13 PM
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3greatkids751
by on Feb. 8, 2012 at 1:22 PM
Sounds to me like it's croup. From how your saying he's "gasping" for air that's what makes me think it's that. When it happens take him out into the cold night air and it helps them breath much easier! MY dd just got over it. She had coughing episodes so bad she'd vomit. Took her outside and within 10-20 min she was fine. All u can do is let it run it's course and make sure his fever doesn't go over 104.. Also don't worry much about him eating my dd refused to eat for about 3 days all she did was drink and eat Popsicles! Try that and see how it goes. GL mama.
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Jessibear2010
by on Feb. 8, 2012 at 1:25 PM

His gets bad enough he vomits too.  I don't want to take him outside because it gets in the single digits to negatives at night right now and i'm afraid that's too cold.  His pedi. told me due to his size I should take him to the ER if he runs a fever of 100.3 or higher.

Navy_Wife08
by on Feb. 8, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Abby as RSV right now and it sounds like everything we went through. I'm not medical professionsal though. I hes having trouble breathing bring him in. The test for RSV is a simple nose swab. We were told theres no treatment and to let it run its course :/

babowes
by on Feb. 8, 2012 at 1:28 PM
That is a lot momma.....I would go in. Good luck.
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Thelmama
by on Feb. 8, 2012 at 1:29 PM

I would take him, if he isn't getting better and seems to be having trouble breathing. Oh and cold air, can actually help croup if it is croup. but for me, I would take him in. 

LuvMyBoy08
by on Feb. 8, 2012 at 1:29 PM
My son had the same symptoms and it turned out to be RSV
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Jessibear2010
by on Feb. 8, 2012 at 1:31 PM

I'm surprised, all my family and friends and everyone on here tell me ther's a simple test for rsv but every place i took him to didn't do any tests ,all they did was listen with a stethascope, and his pedi looked at his eyes, nose, and ears.

redneckmama2
by on Feb. 8, 2012 at 1:36 PM

if you cant take him outside than maybe your laundry room or something is cooler than the rest? I dont know how your house is set up but I know my laundry room is much cooler than the rest of the house. god luck mama I hope your little one feels better soon!

barrelracer1699
by Chel on Feb. 8, 2012 at 1:41 PM

IDK I would take him in. GL and hope he gets better soon!

3greatkids751
by on Feb. 8, 2012 at 1:44 PM
You can open his window and just bundle him up at night maybe? We've done that as well. You don't have to stay out long, just enough to help him catch his breath then go back in. :) how old is he? I'm not sure if you mentioned it in the post. I know how u feel hun. I swore up and down my dd had pneumonia or something but xray and everything came back clear it was just a bad case of croup. My 8 yr old gets rashes from fevers too. I'd also invest in a warm/cool mist humidifier too it works wonders on the cough and congestion!

Quoting Jessibear2010:

His gets bad enough he vomits too.  I don't want to take him outside because it gets in the single digits to negatives at night right now and i'm afraid that's too cold.  His pedi. told me due to his size I should take him to the ER if he runs a fever of 100.3 or higher.

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