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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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Jlbh5487
by on Dec. 24, 2012 at 2:50 PM
Something is causing the fever.
You have 48 hours, from the onset of symptoms, to start Tamiflu if the child has the flu, which is very possible.
I take fevers seriously.
Better to be safe than sorry.
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emptyreliquary
by on Dec. 24, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Just quoting this so everyone can see what happened before you had to take him to the er. 

Quoting DevinAnnesmom:

Wow...I'm not an idiot. His fever just came down again after some medicine and he's sleeping soundly. I have 3 kids and have been through a few major emergencies, so I just don't freak out easily.

Quoting goodmama85:

Yea you know.smh I mean god forbid if he was dying she would come here and ask us instead of calling 911 or getting him to the hospital.

Quoting Acid:

It does, apparently.

And, if you say this in a less polite way, you get reported.




Quoting goodmama85:

Does this seriously need to be asked to a bunch of online strangers??? Get him to the er ASAP




Anonymous
by Anonymous on Dec. 24, 2012 at 2:50 PM

ER now!

Ireallydontcare
by on Dec. 24, 2012 at 2:51 PM

ER

ohbamitsans
by on Dec. 24, 2012 at 2:51 PM
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I would take him to the ER but probably a couple days ago
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stickyfingers
by Platinum Member on Dec. 24, 2012 at 2:51 PM
the fever wasnt the only symptom this child had...


Quoting Anonymous:

In instances like that the fever would NOT be the only symptom, there would be other symptoms that would cause a mother to take her child in.

So yes, a mother who takes her child into the ER  with ONLY a fever as a complaint, or a fever and cold/flu like syptoms, is making a poor choice. It's a waste of time for both the mother AND the doctor, and it's a waste of services which could be used to treat REAL emergencies.

If a fever can be controlled with tylenol and motrin, the child is taking in fluids, and you are able to wake them easily, then yes it it stupid to take them into the ER. 


Quoting T-HoneyLuv:

So the Mother who takes her child in for high rate rate, high fever and disorientation is an idiot? Tell that to the Mom who has a child in the ICU battling Meningitis or Sepsis. The only idiot is you and your attitude.





Quoting Anonymous:

No. I'm just not an idiot. I'm a mother of 4 healthy kids, who have had fevers off on on through the years. However, both of my in-laws are RNs and I call the advice nurse at our pediatricians clinic when I need advice. Our kids range in age from 4 years to 12 years. Two of them have had febrile seizures caused by a rapid jump in temperature. Just recently my middle daughter had a nasty virus that caused a temperature of righ around 105 for 3 days followed by two more days of 102-103. My youngest (4) now has the same thing. Amazingly enough, with proper treatment at home, both will survive.



Quoting Jennyanne322:

Do you have any medical background? The child has had a fever of over 103 for more then 3 days. The child is not acting like themselves, and is hallucinating. It calls for a visit to the ER where they can find out what is causing it.





Quoting Anonymous:

All of you claiming she should run out to the ER right now and one of the main reasons healthcare costs are so damn high.

You're looking at a $1000+ to treat a freaking FEVER that was most likely cause by a virus, for which there is no cure only to let it run its course. So, we have 100 people in here who would run their kid up to the ER for a fever caused by a virus that can and SHOULD be treated at home with tylenol and motrin and lots of fluids and rest. So, right there that's a cost of $100,000+ that is a pointless waste. Unless there are other symptoms (trouble breathing, severe sore through and refuses to drink fluids, unable to wake, etc) the ER is pointless. The ER is the EMERGENCY ROOM, PLEASE bother to learn WTF an emergency is!






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DebnDrew
by on Dec. 24, 2012 at 2:52 PM

ER!

Jennyanne322
by Platinum Member on Dec. 24, 2012 at 2:52 PM
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I learned there is no getting through to stupid Anons. I just don't respond to them anymore. They want to say stupid crap and hide. If they had something good to say, they would own it, and not hide.

Quoting T-HoneyLuv:

Fever wasn't the only symptom. Don't change it up now. The Mother clearly stated that the child was experiencing high heart rate, disorientation WITH the high fever. That changes the game right their.




Quoting Anonymous:

In instances like that the fever would NOT be the only symptom, there would be other symptoms that would cause a mother to take her child in.

So yes, a mother who takes her child into the ER  with ONLY a fever as a complaint, or a fever and cold/flu like syptoms, is making a poor choice. It's a waste of time for both the mother AND the doctor, and it's a waste of services which could be used to treat REAL emergencies.

If a fever can be controlled with tylenol and motrin, the child is taking in fluids, and you are able to wake them easily, then yes it it stupid to take them into the ER. 



Quoting T-HoneyLuv:

So the Mother who takes her child in for high rate rate, high fever and disorientation is an idiot? Tell that to the Mom who has a child in the ICU battling Meningitis or Sepsis. The only idiot is you and your attitude.








Quoting Anonymous:

No. I'm just not an idiot. I'm a mother of 4 healthy kids, who have had fevers off on on through the years. However, both of my in-laws are RNs and I call the advice nurse at our pediatricians clinic when I need advice. Our kids range in age from 4 years to 12 years. Two of them have had febrile seizures caused by a rapid jump in temperature. Just recently my middle daughter had a nasty virus that caused a temperature of righ around 105 for 3 days followed by two more days of 102-103. My youngest (4) now has the same thing. Amazingly enough, with proper treatment at home, both will survive.




Quoting Jennyanne322:

Do you have any medical background? The child has had a fever of over 103 for more then 3 days. The child is not acting like themselves, and is hallucinating. It calls for a visit to the ER where they can find out what is causing it.







Quoting Anonymous:

All of you claiming she should run out to the ER right now and one of the main reasons healthcare costs are so damn high.

You're looking at a $1000+ to treat a freaking FEVER that was most likely cause by a virus, for which there is no cure only to let it run its course. So, we have 100 people in here who would run their kid up to the ER for a fever caused by a virus that can and SHOULD be treated at home with tylenol and motrin and lots of fluids and rest. So, right there that's a cost of $100,000+ that is a pointless waste. Unless there are other symptoms (trouble breathing, severe sore through and refuses to drink fluids, unable to wake, etc) the ER is pointless. The ER is the EMERGENCY ROOM, PLEASE bother to learn WTF an emergency is!







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Anonymous
by Anonymous on Dec. 24, 2012 at 2:53 PM
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Ding ding ding! We have a winner! Applause!

Quoting Anonymous:

All of you claiming she should run out to the ER right now and one of the main reasons healthcare costs are so damn high.

You're looking at a $1000+ to treat a freaking FEVER that was most likely cause by a virus, for which there is no cure only to let it run its course. So, we have 100 people in here who would run their kid up to the ER for a fever caused by a virus that can and SHOULD be treated at home with tylenol and motrin and lots of fluids and rest. So, right there that's a cost of $100,000+ that is a pointless waste. Unless there are other symptoms (trouble breathing, severe sore through and refuses to drink fluids, unable to wake, etc) the ER is pointless. The ER is the EMERGENCY ROOM, PLEASE bother to learn WTF an emergency is!

Anonymous
by Anonymous on Dec. 24, 2012 at 2:53 PM
Hopefully after this many replies you've realized he meeds to go to the ER. Good luck.
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