Either I'm Paranoid or the Doctors are Wrong! ETA Pics UPDATE # 3
UPDATE #3 (01/05/14)
My son is doing a lot better. He is still recovering but is back to eating and drinking normally. I think he's still in pain because he spends a good portion of the day crying but there haven't been any fevers since the evening of January 3rd. Yesterday he didn't even have a runny nose (first time in over a month) but it was back today. Hopefully everything continues to go good. He still has the rash. I'm not sure how long that takes to go away though. Unless something happens, this will be the final update. Thank you to everyone who offered suggestions, advice, and well wishes.
UPDATE #2 (01/03/14)
Just a small update. My little guy had half a piece of toast for breakfast. That's more than he's eaten at once since December 27th. He's also been awake for almost 3 consecutive hours! I'm starting to feel very hopeful that the penicilin is working :-D
The pediatrician finally did a strep test. I initially told him my 2 biggest concerns were either Scarlet Fever or Kawasaki's Disease. I was hoping for Scarlet Fever. The rapid strep came back positive. The Doctor went back over his chart trying to determine when the symptoms started. I also keep very good notes on all symptoms of all of my children (I kind of have to with 5 kids). The pediatrician couldn't pinpoint the time when the strep started because he had the cold virus at the same time. He is now concerned that his Scarlet Fever may already be on the verge of turning into Rheumatic fever. He prescribed Penicilin 3 times a day for 10 days. He also advised if I didn't see a major marked improvement in 48 hours to take him up to the children's hospital. He said it may already be too late for the penicilin. My son has also lost 1 pound 9 ounces since December 20th and is mildly dehydrated. I was advised to keep pushing the Pedialyte and not to worry about the weight loss.
I really appreciate the overwhelming response I've gotten to my post. I'm truly hoping that we will see a big difference in 48 hours.
I want to start by saying that I hope I'm just being a paranoid mom, I really do.
My son is 18 months old and has been sick for over a month now. He woke up on November 29th with a cough and temp of 102.2. I didn't rush him to the pediatrician because my 6 year old was just getting over a cold. I figured that he had caught it as well. On December 6th I took him to the pediatrician because his fever wasn't going away and I noticed he was a bit off balance. For him, that is a classic sign of an ear infection (he's had a total of 6). We got to the pediatrician and he confirmed my son had both a cold and an ear infection. He was given a prescription for antibiotics and sent on his way.
On December 12th I took him and my infant to the pediatrician because she had a cough (she was admitted same day. It turns out she had whooping cough) and although he had gone 3 days without a fever, it had come back. I was assured it was still just a cold and told that his ear infection had cleared up.
I took him and my infant to the pediatrician on December 20th because he had his 18 month checkup and she had her 2 month checkup. She was doing a lot better and finally received her immunizations, but he couldn't get his Hep shot (the only one due) because he had a low grade fever. On December 23rd he woke up without a fever and his cough seemed to be getting a little better. Unfortunately, it didn't last. On December 27th he woke up with a temp of 101.9. That was about the average temp he'd had the majority of the month. Well, that night he was very irritable. When I picked him up he was burning up so I took him temp and it was 104.7. I gave him Motrin and stayed up with him all night. The next morning it was 105.4. I took him to the ER where they tested him for the flu, RSV, and took an xray to check for pneumonia. All were negative. They sent us home with the diagnosis of "common cold".
Now, at that point I didn't believe the diagnosis. I was mad that they sent him home with such a high temp. Even after giving him a tylenol suppository, his temp only came down to 102 degrees. So, his temp stayed above 103 (with alternating Motrin and Tylenol) up until this morning. He woke up without a fever. I dared to let myself get excited that my poor boys ordeal may be coming to a close. By this point he has pretty much done nothing but sleep since the 27th. He has eaten little more than a cracker or 2 a day. He had some ketchup on the 27th as well. I put kethup on some food (he love ketchup) with the hope it would make him eat. He merely sucked the ketchup off and left the food. I've been trying to force him to drink but his fluid intake has greatly reduced. I've been giving him a teaspoon of pedialyte every 5-10 minutes with the hope of keeping him hydrated. He's been awake for probably a total of 4 hours today.
I woke him up about an hour ago because my 8 year old notived he had a rash on his chest and stomach. I checked the rest of his body and the rash is also on his groin area, his neck, forhead and cheeks, a little on his back (mostly lower back but some all over), and his arms. There is none around his mouth, the palms of his hands, or the soles of his feet. It hasn't gone into his armpits or folds of skin. For me that rules out heat rash and coxsackie.
I'm so tired of the Doctor's telling me that it's just a cold. My son has been suffering for over a month with fevers and congestion, and not he has a rash. I hope I'm just being paranoid but I've got this sinking feeling that something is really wrong with him and he's just being ignored. I'm taking him back to the pediatrician tomorrow.
I'm sorry this is so long but please, help me find answers!
I tried to get pictures of his rash but it was difficult. This is the best I could do.