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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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lauratupper
by on Feb. 8, 2012 at 1:40 PM

I would take him back.

abra
by on Feb. 8, 2012 at 5:55 PM
If he is improving, I would wait. But, if he is getting worse I'd take him back in. I hope he feels better soon!
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skylarkdancer
by on Feb. 8, 2012 at 6:45 PM
Have they swabbed him for rsv? My daughter had it...didn't have the rash but did have chest and nose congestions with a nasty cough.
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Allebas
by on Feb. 8, 2012 at 6:51 PM

THIS! OP--your description sounds ALMOST EXACTLY like what happened to my BFF with her oldest DD!!! Her Pediatrician told her she just had a cold. My friend took her home. Within 48 hours, she wa REALLY SICK!! My friend took her to the ER. The ER swabbed her for RSV. It came back POSITIVE!!! The ER Dr. told my friend if she had NOT brought her DD in when she did, she would have found her DD DEAD the next morning!!!! She was that SICK!!! I'm NOT trying to 'scare' you, I just want to be SURE you KNOW how DANGEROUS RSV can be--(if that is what your child has). My BFF's DD was SO SICK, she was in the ICU for 10 WEEKS in an oxygen tent!!!! GOOD LUCK!!! I HOPE your son gets BETTER VERY SOON!!!

Quoting skylarkdancer:

Have they swabbed him for rsv? My daughter had it...didn't have the rash but did have chest and nose congestions with a nasty cough.


simplysarahd
by on Feb. 8, 2012 at 8:10 PM

 Ask about whooping cough. Seriously.

angela.bouchard
by on Feb. 8, 2012 at 8:52 PM


Quoting abra:

If he is improving, I would wait. But, if he is getting worse I'd take him back in. I hope he feels better soon!


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inkaholicj
by on Feb. 8, 2012 at 8:56 PM

Saline drops in his nose (or breastmilk) will help loosen the congestion to make the bulb suction work better.  If you can get him to sit in a steamy bathroom it might help loosen stuff  in his chest.  Get a vaporizer and the Vicks Vapo pads.  The humidity and the menthol/ eucalyptus in the pads may help as well.

He has been sick with a fever for more than 3 days and has swollen lymph nodes, and is coughing and wheezing.   Does the cough sound like a "Bark"?  He needs to be tested for RSV.

 You know your child.  Do not back down.  It's your job to be an advocate for him, even if that means pitching an absolute fit.

To be honest if your pediatrician can't make a diagnosis at this point get a new pediatrician.

It sounds to me like your son needs antibiotics and most likely albuterol to loosen the tightness in his chest.

Good luck!

Jennyanne322
by on Feb. 8, 2012 at 8:59 PM
This may sound weird but have him checked for mono. I had it when I was 5 and many of the things you are saying is the same things I had.
Jessibear2010
by on Feb. 9, 2012 at 10:40 AM

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.  

countrygirlkat
by on Feb. 9, 2012 at 10:57 AM


Quoting Jessibear2010:

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.  

I can't believe they made you wait until it was life threatening before they would treat him.  I would be looking for another doctor.  I hope he starts to feel better soon.  Do they suspect asthma at all? 

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