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

Posted by on Feb. 8, 2012 at 1:12 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 1:12 PM
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bunnywzrd
by on Feb. 8, 2012 at 1:16 PM

I would try taking him back now. Poor baby shouldn't have to suffer like that. Also I heard that putting vicks on their feet and covering them with socks will help with a cough. I have never tried it though. We have the nightlights that you put the strips in that may help him breath.


Mrs.Bryant1201
by on Feb. 8, 2012 at 1:20 PM
Sounds like a upper resp. Infection. Those are horrible. Does he use a nebulizer?
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mommy2bRN007
by Silver Member on Feb. 8, 2012 at 1:23 PM
It's an upper respiratory infection. Could be rsv. Did they do the rapid rsv test?
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TempestRayne
by on Feb. 8, 2012 at 1:23 PM
I would say take him back. Some people don't run fevers very often.
Jessibear2010
by on Feb. 8, 2012 at 1:27 PM

They havn't given him anything to help him out.  They havn't ran any tests exept listening with a stethascope and looking in his ears, nose and eyes.   To: bunnywzrd - I'v used vix on his chest, I might try it on his feet. 

haydensmom4610
by on Feb. 8, 2012 at 1:27 PM

 It sounds a little like RSV. My son had it but he never ran a fever with it, but every kid is different. I would take him back and have them do the RSV test, just to make sure. If it gets bad enough it could be serious.

bunnywzrd
by on Feb. 8, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Like I said, I have never tried it but I have heard a lot of people have and it helps. I hope he feels better soon.

Quoting Jessibear2010:

They havn't given him anything to help him out.  They havn't ran any tests exept listening with a stethascope and looking in his ears, nose and eyes.   To: bunnywzrd - I'v used vix on his chest, I might try it on his feet. 


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ekh2010
by on Feb. 8, 2012 at 1:42 PM
Vix and sox wrks well. Dd hates it on her chest but it helps her sleep in winter. She's sensitive to weather and has bad coughs at night


Quoting bunnywzrd:

I would try taking him back now. Poor baby shouldn't have to suffer like that. Also I heard that putting vicks on their feet and covering them with socks will help with a cough. I have never tried it though. We have the nightlights that you put the strips in that may help him breath.



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ekh2010
by on Feb. 8, 2012 at 1:44 PM
Steam up your bathroom and play in there for awhile will help congestion. Sounds like he needs more than just at home care. Try to keep pushing fluids to keep him hydrated and the saline nose drops help also. Good luck mama
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mstevens10
by on Feb. 8, 2012 at 1:47 PM

how old is he? many times they wont give babies anything try a humidifier hot steam showers to let him breathe the steam. ds was like that for 2.5 wks when he was about 8 mnths old. gl 

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