S. asks from Shawnee, KS on December 13, 2007
Daughter with Fever
Hi all. I'm hoping you can help. I have a one year old (just) daughter who had a fever for 5 days straight. It's been around 101-102 degrees. She has no other symptoms. I have taken her to the doctor twice within the past week. She had a nasal flu test (negative), she had her urine screened (negative) and her blood tested (negative for bacteria, but did have an elevated white blood cell count). Her doctor isn't sure what it is. Neither one of us thinks it's viral. No one else in the family has gotten it. It's weird and has me worried. This is the second time in 3 months that this has happened.
Has this happened to anyone else's little ones? Am I being paranoid?
I'd appreciate any insight.
C.O. answers from Lawton on December 16, 2007
I live in southwest OK and we have something going around here that is got my 2 year old son down. He finally broke his fever last night, but only after it had been 105 that morning. He had been running over 100 since Wednesday. He had other symptoms with it though- earache, eye cold, congestion, etc... The doctor said it was a severe sinus infection on the left side of his face. However, the little girl he plays with had the same thing, so I am questioning sinus infection only. If there are no other symptoms though, I might question it a little more. Hope it gets better soon. I know it is a nightmare to have sick kiddos.
K. answers from Kansas City on December 15, 2007
I have actually had two of the 3 of my girls have the same symptoms. One of them ran fever for 7 days and it ended up being a double ear infection. She was put on Amoxicillian and relapsed and had to be put on Augmentin. Finally getting better after 10 days! The other daughter just started running fever (102 degrees) and I took her in thinking it was her ears and they think it is a sinus infections since she has been very congested for over a week. Both were given antibiotics. Hope that helps - I think this bacteria is going around and it just depends on how each child ends up reacting to it.
S.S. answers from Kansas City on December 15, 2007
My son ran a fever of almost 104 off and on for a week when he cut his first molars, which is around 1. Look and see if she has new teeth coming in. Good Luck..
A.D. answers from Kansas City on December 14, 2007
Just in hopes that you don't have to live through what we did: Ask them to check her for Whooping Cough. (Pertussis) There are new strands going around and yes, you can also get it from the immunization. The doctor may argue with you but you are better to be safe than sorry. You will need her immunization records for the test as they measure the levels in her system vs what shots she has had of it. We lived through a nightmare with it for nearly a year and the symptoms started out similiar to yours.
All our best!
R.N. answers from Kansas City on December 15, 2007
Please make your pediatrician continue to check her urine. She might have a bladder infection and that can be very serious if it goes untreated.
My daughter had recurring fevers around the age of one (she's 18 months now) with no other symptoms. The doc had tested her urine once before because I told him I had a history of UTI and bladder infections -- but it did not show anything.
The fevers kept coming and going every month or so and then finally during one episode she spiked to 104 degrees. We took her to the ER where they did NOT test her blood or urine, but looked briefly in her mouth and said there were blisters. So she was (mis?)diagnosed with Coxsackie Virus. We were told to go home and wait it out as there was no treatment.
A few days later she was STILL feverish and getting lethargic. I took her to the pediatrician and they tested her urine again. THIS time it showed an infection. However, it was so bad by that time that they sent us straight to Children's Mercy! She had an E-Coli infection that started in her bladder and spread to her bloodstream.
It took four days of IV antibiotics just to get her fever down. They finally let us go home after she was fever-free for 24 hours - and then we had another 10 days of oral antibiotics to deal with.
So PLEASE keep checking her urine. It's not uncommon with baby girls and a fever with no other symptoms is often the only sign. The tests they do in the pediatricians office are not the most accurate and sometimes an infection does not show up right away. If she becomes lethargic or starts vomiting, take her in immediately.
J.K. answers from Oklahoma City on December 15, 2007
My niece just went through this, had my sister scared to death and now she is fine.
J.S. answers from St. Louis on December 14, 2007
YES!! My son is 11 and had the same problem. He was diagnosed with Mononucleosis!! A child can have it as young as 3 years old. My son's white cells, monocytes, and liver enzymes are severly elevated. He has been out of school since Nov. 11th and cannot go back until after the New Year. His liver and spleen are swollen and any hit in the abdomen could possibly cause rupture according to his Pediatrician. Your doctor should also order a strep test. It is common to have strep at the same time. Symptoms: very tired, sore throat, headache, stomache ache, and more. I recommend calling your son's doctor for an appointment. Good Luck!
J., mom of 9 Year old twin girls and an 11 year old son.
J.D. answers from St. Louis on December 14, 2007
To give you a little peace, All of my kids have gone through what I call fever viruses....no symptoms except for a fever. These viruses have sometimes lasted 7+ days.
The flip side...I would say that if you daughter doesn't get better in a couple more days then you definitely need to get her into another dr. Then I would think something else is going on.
Hope all works out!
J. (mom of 4)
B.S. answers from Kansas City on December 13, 2007
Do you think she's teething? My daughter runs a fever for a while when getting a new tooth or teeth. She had one for about a week when getting her eye teeth. I'd say just keep an eye on it and make sure no other symptoms develop. I don't think it's anything to worry about since it's pretty low. (Just fyi- Emme's average fever is usually 103.6- 104.8 and her doctor hasn't seemed concerned simply because she's got no other symptoms.) Hope this helps!
W.C. answers from Columbia on December 14, 2007
Hi, I have six children ages-14, 13, 11, 10, 8 and 6, three boys and three girls. I do not think we can be paranoid when it comes to our kids. If Mom feels there is something wrong there is usually something wrong. When my youngest boy (the 8 year old) was 6 he had some symptoms that at first seemed to be a virus. He was tested for mono, and a complete blood count was run. He continued to get worse and we took him to the E.R. one evening. One look at him and they had him in a bed and were starting I.V.'s. He is a type one diabetic and his sugar count was 990! Should have been no higher then 120. They could not believe he was not in a coma, he was barely functioning, but he was still awake. It wasn't until later that they told us another 2 hours and they may not have been able to save him.
Okay, I know I have gone on and on, but all of that to say don't let it go. Find out what is wrong and I don't mean to try and scare you but with an elevated white cell count and fevers for no apparent reason the first test I would have them run is one to check for Leukemia. As I said I don't mean to scare you, but I know fevers and elevated white cell count are the first symptoms of Leukemia. I personally would want to find out what is going on in order to be able to do something about it. For me not knowing would be worse then knowing, no matter how bad it might be.
Good luck and God bless!
I will say a prayer for you and your daughter. In fact I will pray right now.
I just want to lift S. and her daughter up to You right now. I ask that You would give S. and her husband the wisdom to know what to do and the courage to make the Dr.'s find out what is going on with their little girl. I know Dr.s sometimes think we mothers are paranoid and just look for something to be wrong, but that is very seldom true. I just ask that You would guide the Dr. and give him wisdom and a determination to find out what is going on and help this little girl. Father I also ask that You would give this family a peace that no matter what they have to deal with they will be able to do so. In Jesus name, Amen
Dione (wife to my high school sweet heart and best friend Bill, and homeschooling Mom to my 6 beautiful and bright kids)
L.P. answers from Oklahoma City on December 14, 2007
could she be teething? my son just turned 15 months, had the same fever for a few days, and was cutting his one year molar. I'm a first time mom, and not one to give advice, but just going through this with my son it's fresh on my mind. we gave him tylenol to control the fever and waited it out. hope this helps!