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ER tonight or doctor tomorrow? *UPDATE*

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My 3 year old son started coughing really badly Friday morning. I gave him some cough medicine and moved on. A few hours later I noticed he was pretty lethargic, so I took his temp and it was 104!! I gave him some children's Ibuprofen and got the fever down, but it came right back up a couple hours later. I gave him a tepid bath which brought it down again, but it came right back a couple hours later. His cough has worsened and he's having green snot just pour out of his nose. No matter how hard I try to get his fever to go away, it keeps coming back. His heart rate is through the roof and he's shaking uncontrollably (not like a seizure, but just like when you're really cold). He keeps falling asleep and then jumping up and saying weird stuff like "There's sand in my eyes!! Get it out!!" and "My hand has a spring in it.". I don't know if he's hallucinating or what.

Their pedi is open tomorrow, but I'm trying to decide if I should wait until then or if this is  a case to bring to the ER. What would you do?


*UPDATE*

Sorry it took me all day to update. We've had a really busy day. I didn't take him to the ER. I took him to my bed with me and snuggled him all night. He woke up this morning feeling great!! No fever, cough is much better and the nose is clearing up. It seems like it was a virus that ran its course. I truly appreciate everyones concern. I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas!!!!

by on Dec. 24, 2012 at 12:47 AM
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Anonymous
by Anonymous 24 on Dec. 24, 2012 at 2:33 PM
ER. now.
Anonymous
by Anonymous 12 on Dec. 24, 2012 at 2:33 PM
I'm glad the ones around you are good, but I will not be going to one again.

Quoting Anonymous:

That is tragic, but can happen at hospitals too. My Grandpa went to the ER with chest pains. They ran a couple of tests and told him they thought it was anxiety. He died 2 hours later, at home, of a major heart attack. Do you think that I will never go to the ER again because of that? No, of course not. Urgent Cares around here are a better option than the ER in most cases.




Quoting Anonymous:

Urgent care almost killed my mother! They told her she was fine and sent her home. Later that night she ended up in an ambulance and in the hospital for a month on a respirator. I have been to multiple urgent cares in different states and none if them were worth a shit!





Quoting Tara922c:

Sitting all night in an ER waiting room only to go home with a prescription for antibiotics is also a waste of time. I have a few wonderful 24 hour Urgent Cares in my area, that have great doctors, and will send you to the ER if needed. The Urgent Care I go to is run by the hospital all of my specialists work out of. Instead of paying a 75 dollar co-pay, I pay 20, and instead of waiting hours upon hours, I wait 15 minutes. The OP doesn't have to take my advice, she asked for suggestions, and I gave her one. I am not there to decide how sick her son really is. By all means, if she feels it can't wait until morning, she should take her son to the ER.




Quoting Anonymous:

Urgent cares are crap and a waste of time.




Quoting Tara922c:




Do you have an urgent care in your area? Much cheaper and quicker than an ER. If you do go to the ER, you are more than likely going to have to wait until the morning anyway to see a doctor, but if his condition is serious, they should get him in right away. Try giving him Tylenol. You can give Tylenol and Ibuprofen at the same time becauseit is two types of medication. Years ago, I took dd to the ER because she had a fever that would not go down with Ibuprofen and the hospital gave her Tylenoland it brought her fever right down. Anyway, if you don't have an Urgent Care in your area, go ahead and take him in, just be prepared to wait. ER's are always crazy around holidays.






Chan_Brawner88
by on Dec. 24, 2012 at 2:34 PM
Er!
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Anonymous
by Anonymous 12 on Dec. 24, 2012 at 2:35 PM
Honey, you are a day late and a dollar short. This post was last night and she decided she would stay home and let him rest and call her pedi this morning.

Quoting Anonymous:

ER. now.
Anonymous
by Anonymous 25 on Dec. 24, 2012 at 2:35 PM
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I'm LMAO at everyone saying ER now it is dangerous. No wonder the ER is so packed you wait for seven hours when you have to go for an ACTUAL emergency!!

TommyAbby
by Bronze Member on Dec. 24, 2012 at 2:36 PM

What doctor is open Christmas day?!?!? Get that child to an ER now.. Seriously...smh

**Never mind. I saw Pm instead of am. Hope your doctor got him in if you waited.


angel_peanut
by Bronze Member on Dec. 24, 2012 at 2:38 PM

this has happened to my son a few times....minus the cough and green stuff. does your ped have a after hours number i would try that and do as they say

TinaNicu
by Bronze Member on Dec. 24, 2012 at 2:40 PM

As a nurse and a mom, my general rule is that if my child has a fever for at least three days, then I take him to the doctor. I rarely go to the er. I've done urgent care before, but only when I can't see the pedi. However, if they are dehydrated and not coherent or responsive, I take him somewhere. 

Sounds like your child may have the flu. The lethargy and high heart rate are from a fever. The shaking is chills related to the fever. If he is drinking well and is urinating, that's a good sign. I'd alternate Tylenol and Motrin every 3 hours to help the fever and push fluids. 

People overuse the ER IMO. I see it all the time. 

Anonymous
by Anonymous 12 on Dec. 24, 2012 at 2:40 PM
She got his temp down and he was sleeping soundly so she decided to wait to call the doctor this morning.

Quoting spunky946:

So what did you do? How is he feeling?

Anonymous
by Anonymous 12 on Dec. 24, 2012 at 2:42 PM
Finally another educated person.

Quoting TinaNicu:

As a nurse and a mom, my general rule is that if my child has a fever for at least three days, then I take him to the doctor. I rarely go to the er. I've done urgent care before, but only when I can't see the pedi. However, if they are dehydrated and not coherent or responsive, I take him somewhere. 

Sounds like your child may have the flu. The lethargy is from a fever. The shaking is chills related to the fever. If he is drinking well and is urinating, that's a good sign. I'd alternate Tylenol and Motrin every 3 hours to help the fever and push fluids. 

People overuse the ER IMO. I see it all the time. 

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