K.S. asks from Bryan, TX on February 10, 2008
Could It Be the Flu
Okay I know this is going to sound really crazy but I have onyl had the flu once in my life and was so little the only thing I remember about it was my GRandma trying to feed me toast with milk poured over it. Anyways my four year old little girl woke up last nigth with a fever. She has not had any complaits really except that she says her legs are hurting. And I guess they are hurting pretty bad because she has not moved off the couch all day.My question is could this be the flu or something else. Oh and the alternating motrin and tylenol is not bringing the fever down either. Any suggestions on that one.TIA
So What Happened?™
Okay went to the doctor this morning. It is not the Flu but a massive sinus infection and the starts of an upper respitory infection. Needless to say we are out of school until the fever is gone for 24 hours and on anitbiotics once again.
M.M. answers from Austin on February 12, 2008
My 8 year old nephew had exctly those symptoms - fever around 101, a toucgh to control fever, and leg cramps. They took him to the Dr and apprently these are common flu symptoms this year.
A.S. answers from Sherman on February 12, 2008
If the meds are not lowering her temp you NEED to take her to the doctor. Especially if it is really high. Like over 102.5 It probably is the flu but you don't want to take that risk. My son had the "flu" and his fever was not lowering with the meds so his fever went up to 104.5 and we had to rush him to the ER where they put him in ice! It was tramatizing for him. He still is phobic about getting a fever.
J.J. answers from Austin on February 12, 2008
its probably just growing pains. I had a fever sometimes when i was growing along with pains in my legs, arms and feet.
D.S. answers from Houston on February 12, 2008
At the time, my son was three when he got the flu last year and he was running a 103 temp and it was hard to get it down. The most important thing is don't let it stay high. Even if it bounces back up, keep trying to get it back down. I kept giving him water to drink and a wet wash cloth on him to keep him from getting so hot. At one time, I had to lay him in the bath with luke warm water for several minutes. It's not easy but I had to do it. This lasted for several days...maybe 4/5 days.
Your daughter's leg hurting is probably part of the acheing from the flu. Typically our joints ache during the flu.
If you continue to be concerned about her, take her to the DR.
C.M. answers from Houston on February 12, 2008
Take your child to the doctor. Fever is the bobies way of telling you something is wrong. My son had that last week. Fever and leg hurting which I thought was weird. He ended having strep throat. Antibotics knock it right out.
S.S. answers from Austin on February 12, 2008
Yes, it definately could be. It is really going around. Some other signs are headache, red blood shot eyes, she could have nausea/vomitting but not always. Take her to the Dr. if it's not to late they can start her on Tamaflu, it really helps shorten the course and severity. They can also give it to you as a preventative. Mom's being sick is the worst when you have little ones and no help. It would also be helpful to know for sure with your baby around get her to the Dr. I would avoid all milk products for a few days! They can really aggrevate the nausea and vomitting. Stick with clear liquids water, sprite, and dry foods. Good Luck. The flu just went around my house 4 of the 5 of us got it. Thanks for what your family does to keep our freedom safe. My husband and I were both in the Army for several years, he is still assigned to a training unit with the Reserves. God Bless you stay strong.
M.W. answers from Austin on February 12, 2008
If the fever is not going down -- it is probably an infection. Maybe the flu -- but it could be an ear infection ...I would have her checked out.
Y.P. answers from Austin on February 12, 2008
It sounds like growing pains, and the fever may or may not be a part of that, I don't know.
S.L. answers from Austin on February 12, 2008
It sure sounds like the flu. I am just recovering (it's been a week) and it is a slow recovery. My joints hurt very bad until the fever quit. I would sure call a doctor and ask about getting the fever down.
Thank you and your husband for your sacrifice for our country. My son is in the Army and will deploy in June. He's leaving a wive and 2 small children behind.
God bless you.
L.C. answers from College Station on February 11, 2008
It sounds like she needs to see her pedi today. Are her legs red or swollen? Will she walk on them? If her only symptoms are fever and pain in her legs, it doesn't really sound like the flu (although it could be presenting oddly). The flu usually causes a 102+ fever, aches, chills, and a dry cough. Both of my boys just got over it, and it was terrible.
I hope your daughter feels better soon!
J.G. answers from Austin on February 12, 2008
Could be the flu - but what ever is going around right now has been really weird - and more severe that before. If her fever is low-grade let it run a bit and let it do what it's for and that's destroying the virus. If it's 102 or over try using a cool rag at the wrist, inside elbow, neck, behind the knees, forehead. If that doesn't bring it down - try a lukewarm bath - not cold. Put a light cover on her so she won't chill - but not keep her too warm. Popsicles are good. BEWARE OF TAMAFLU!!!! too many side effects. Good luck!