My Daughter Is Really Sick!!

Updated on February 01, 2007
C.B. asks from Bonita Springs, FL
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She's had 102 degree temp. continuously for 2 1/2 days! Her gums are swollen and she has small blisters in her mouth, now spreading to the outside of her mouth. No vomiting, diarhea, coughing or sneezing. She's drinking alot of fluids. We went to the doctor and she said she did not know. She took a culture, but the results will not be in until Monday! Thats a long time to wait for any worried mom! She is on liquid antibiotics and motrin. I gave her a little benydryl today to help her sleep since she is up every half hour. She wakes up in a panic, like she's falling! She will not eat ANYTHING excpt her gummy bear vitamin. She says it hurts. Has anyone ever dealt with anything like this?? She is 28 months old

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Thank you all for your responses!!! The Ped called and said it wasn't strep throat! No kidding right? I am taking Cassidy to another Dr. tom. Nothing has changed and she has more sores forming on the outside of her mouth.
Cassidy is better now! Her sores are starting to heal and her temperature broke!
I think it had to do with a fever blister!?!

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L.

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sounds like hand foot and mouth disease - I say this because of the blisters, her not wanting to eat and the fever

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L.K.

answers from Boca Raton on

I used Kanka, a medicine for the sores in the mouth. It doesn't taste good but it numbs the sores and I got some in my son's mouth a couple of times when he had coxsackie and it helped numb those sores for a bit and he seemed to be able to drink and eat a little. I think he got a slight rash on his soles of his feet after he started feeling better.

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M.B.

answers from Orlando on

It could possibly be the start of the Coxsackie virus (hand, foot and mouth virus).I've heard of this before. The most common signs are blisters or white spots in the mouth, and sometimes they develop on the hands and feet. They can also run a fever also, but it could be many things.

Hope she gets better.

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V.

answers from Boca Raton on

you didn't say how old she is. if i were you, i'd call the on call doctor and see what he says especially if she's under 2 or worse under 1 yrs of age.
i know how ER's are but if she is feeling dizzy that's not good even if she's drinking plenty of fluids. in meantime, offer pediasure, dry toast, applesauce or saltine crackers (salty so might get her to drink more fluids)
good luck
V.

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T.R.

answers from Melbourne on

Hello. I'm so sorry to hear about your daughter being sick. I had a similar problem with my 4 month old and blisters in her mouth. May I ask does she have them on her tongue or underneath?

C.

answers from Daytona Beach on

Hey C.,sounds like everyone thinks it could be foot/mouth disease. Try going to webmd.com and see if you can get some answers, good luck, your little one will be in my prayers..........Please put out a post to let us know how shes doing. Thanx. p.s. I would try going to another ped, seems strange this one made you wait for a whole weekend.

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P.R.

answers from Orlando on

Keep her hydrated! With a fever and other illnesses there is a increased chance of dehydration. I agree with applesauce or saltine crackers dipped in chicken soup.
Pam

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A.A.

answers from Orlando on

My baby guy had something like that about April/May of last year. The doctors had no clue what to do with it either. They said to keep the motrin and tylenol alternating as they grow immune to it. The did tell me that the blisters/sores in the mouth, could only be treated within the first 24 hours to be effective and of course I did not get to go in th first 24 hours either. The sores(if they are the same as my babys) are highly contagious, so try to keep her from drolling on other kids and you. It was hard for me, as he was 1 year old when it happened. They would not take him at daycare and I ended up having to take a month off of work, as they would not let him come back even after it pretty much cleared up and had a doctors release that it was not contagious.

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B.F.

answers from Orlando on

Hi Cat,yes it does sound horrifying to have one of your little ones feeling so awful.The other moms have givin some excellent advice,and yes please...if at all in doubt of what to do,bring your child into the ER!They will not refuse you!
I know how it feels to be told,you'll have to wait till after the week-end to find out the results of a culture and let me tell ya,its heart wrenching trying to hold on to hope sometimes but you will make it.I do know that our bodies will produce fevers over time in order to fight off infections,so in some since its good that she or he is producing a temp.Just be sure,as you've said to keep them hydrated!Also I know that high fevers can cause blistering so that may also be triggering it.Just keep a close eye on your little one and I'll keep you in my prayers tonight before I go to sleep.Keep us posted when you get a chance to get back with us to let us know whats happening with everything.God Bless

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S.K.

answers from Orlando on

My son got that like 3 weeks ago and is call Hands, Mouth and Feet decease. Look more info about that and you will see. It's nothing that you can do about it and will go away on 10 days. For me feel like a month because my son suffer so much and I try ambesol and everything that I could but nothing. For the temperature just give her Motrin or Tylenol. By the way is contagious...

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P.T.

answers from Orlando on

Hi C.,

Kids can get really high fevers (higher then adults)so don't panic too much about the 102. The only thing to stay on top of is the dehydration situation. I think for your situation Pedialite ice pops would be great. They are cold and soothing and have the same electrolite solution as in the drink. Most food stores should have them...but the sell them as the liquid..you need to freeze them...so get them ASAP. One thing that helped my kids with fevers is put them in a room temp to cool bath...(not cold). That broke many a fever for both my kids. Even if the fever does not go away for a long time, you at least give them some breaks from the body aches the fever causes. I'm thinking it is Coxsackie virus. It usually lasts(7-10 days)with fever and painful blisters in the mouth (a condition known as herpangina)I think as long as you stay on top of the liquids and ice pops to prevent dehydration, the virus itself will go away. Good luck!!!
Patti :-)

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A.

answers from Boca Raton on

It's probably hand-foot-and-mouth disease. My daughter just had it and there's been an epidemic in the area. Shame on your doctor for not recognizing it. Those are the exact symptoms.
Unfortunately, there's not much you can do to treat it. Give them ice cream and ice pops (sooths the blisters) and keep giving her some kind of pain relief, like Tylenol.

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S.K.

answers from Miami on

Hey,
So sorry for you and your girl! It reminds me my baby sikness five months ago. Now She is great!
She had "Mononucleosis" the mono sikness or known as kiss sikness. She had 3 weeks of 102 degree temp!!!!!!! was terrible. She did not have those things in the mouth, but she used to feel pain in the mouth. Was very sensible to light. No vomiting, diarhea, coughing or sneezing either. The most dangerous thing is that her vase at the stomach was inflated and she could not hit her stomach couse it could blow up.
This is rare in children so it is very difucult to diagnosticate in little ones, it is usual in teenagers.
Hope your daughter is better now, let me know if you have any questions.
S.

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C.S.

answers from Boca Raton on

My son had the similar signs.
Does your daughter have any sort of rash on her hands and feet?
If so it is probally that hand, foot, mouth disease. There is something that you give her to coat her mouth and throat so she can eat but i am sorry i forget exactly what it is and dont want to tell you the wrong thing. I hope that she gets better soon I know how it makes you feel when there seems like there is nothing that you can do to help them.

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L.S.

answers from Miami on

A friend of mine's baby just had something similar and it was called "Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease". Neither of us had ever heard of it before. I don't know if it is what your daughter has, but it sound just like it. My friends son would not eat (because of the blisters in his mouth) had a fever, etc. The doctor said because it is viral there is nothing they can do, she just had to wait it out and it would go away, I believe, in about 10-12 days.

Below are some links about the disease. If it is a virus, the antibiotics she is taking will do nothing to help. Motrin will help with the pain.

But, this may not be what your daughter has. My friends doctor knew immediately when she looked at him, they didn't need to wait for any test results. Anyway, hope this helps.

Good luck.

Some Links:
http://www.drgreene.org/body.cfm?xyzpdqabc=0&id=21&am...

http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/revb/enterovirus/hfhf.htm

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A.R.

answers from Melbourne on

(this is one possibility of what she has, but you will not know for sure until the doctor gets the result).

Most people experience their first infection with herpes simplex 1 when they are less than 10 years of age. The first time a person gets the virus - the virus usually invades the moist membrane cells of the lips, mouth, or throat. The majority of persons infected have no symptoms, but about 15 percent develop many fluid-filled blisters inside and outside the mouth three to five days after they are exposed to herpes simplex 1.
The blisters may be accompanied by fever, swollen neck glands, and general aches.
Fever blisters tend to merge and then collapse. Often a yellowish crust forms over the sores, which usually heal without scarring within 2 weeks.
It sounds like your daughter is one of the 15 percent that gets 'sick' from the first time they get a fever-blister.
I had this when I was a young child - was in the the hospital. They told me it was called 'fever blister virus'.
the first thing I could eat was potato chips.

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A.T.

answers from Lakeland on

Hey C.,
Did you get my first e-mail? I thought it would show up in my files, but it did not. If you got it then you'll understand the rest of this.

Also wanted to let you know...keep an eye out for possible complications...after I sent the first e-mail I started thinking about some of the more unusual and serious complications if it is coxsackie. If she has trouble breathing, chest pain, shortness of breath, confusion, nausea, vomiting or severe headache you need to seek medical attention asap. Most kids who get this do just fine, but you never know so I don't want to sound too lax. Hope she gets better soon. This advise is coming from me as a mom, not professionally as an nurse. Best thing is for you to do is check online for more info and call her doc or go to the ER if you just feel she is getting worse.
A.

K.H.

answers from Fort Myers on

Take her to the ER if you get to uncomfortable, EVERYTIME my daughter got sick she ended up dehydrated, they may have to give her an IV, but you know, it helps in minutes!!! Please don't rely on just one Dr's opinion, if you are both that miserable, bring her to the ER. Try anbesol on her gums, i dont know how old she is.....good luck your in my prayers, my daughter had viral menengitis, and theres not a worse feeling in the world then being a helpless mom. it seems every post i end up this.."go with your gut"! good luck.

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M.R.

answers from Boca Raton on

My sister's son had something similary about a year ago. We took him to the hospital because he had 2 types of rashes all over his little body, fever blisters EVERYWHERE, a very high fever (103)but had no diarhea, coughing or sneezing. The doctors that looked at him said that they had seen the red rash and had seen the purple rash but never the 2 together! They gave him a steriod and antibiotic and nothing really seemed to work. They got the fever to go down, somewhat, but he still looked bad. They sent us home and he had to go to his pediatrician the next day for a check up. When she got him there he looked bad but the fever was a bit lower and she had been giving him benedryl all night. We looked at everything from him having just gotten the chicken pox vaccination a week prior to the fact that he also had an ear infection. Now whenever he gets an ear infection my sister notices he gets a little rash somewhere on his body. If she starts giving him medicine the rash goes away and the fever goes down. He just turned 2 in December and hasn't had that problem since. An ear infection could be the cause of all the symptoms.

Your daughter may also have a weird reaction to teething.

Regardless, I hope your daughter is better and that you NEVER have to go through that again!

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G.F.

answers from Miami on

Has your doctor talked to you about this...Hand-foot-and-mouth disease. Highly contageous amongst kids but goes away quickly. The sores in and out oof the mouth usually do not let them eat.
HOPE SHE GETS BETTER
G.

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A.T.

answers from Boca Raton on

Could it be foot and mouth disease???

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J.P.

answers from Orlando on

It sounds like your baby has Hand, Foot, Mouth disease. It just recently happened to a mommy friend of mine. Unfortunately not much you can do. Hoever, if you are conviced it is something other I recomend the emergency room. Depending on the age, they usually will receive you first.

I realize the fever may not seem high, but I was delusional at four and turned out I had to have my tonsils taken out. Same kind of thing. Sounds like you need a new doctor as there is very obviously something wrong, however, she is probably not eating because it hurts.

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G.V.

answers from Melbourne on

Sounds like something my daughter had when she was 1-1/2. It was hand/foot/mouth and like mentioned before, I alternated between tylenol and motrin every 3 hours. All the doctor told me to do was to keep her comfortable, as this also causes headaches and they are not able to verbalize that to you. She was miserable for about a week in which I took off from work and rocked and held her most of the week.

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R.W.

answers from Boca Raton on

O, My..I can only imagine how you feel...which one of the children are sick? if its the younger one i would probably be rushing her to the emergency room right about now.. but I'm like that...If its the older one than id say if it gets ant worse than you may want to consider going to the emergency room as well....if you think this is progressing faster than you have the time to wait for the results from the doc...id say go..mama

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S.S.

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my daughter had this happen to her last yr when she was about 1- 1 1/2. i took her to the emergency room bc her temp was 103. they told me that it was a herpes type disease that is similar to foot and mouth disease that most people get as children. they get blisters in the mouth and throat and run a high temp. there's nothing to do but let it run it's course which is typically 5-7 days. the temp is the worst about the 3rd day and then slightly tapers off. they said to give her yogurt and pudding type foods since it's painful to swallow. gave her tylenol with codine for the pain.

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B.J.

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Hi C.!

Im so sorry to hear that you have to suffer in worry until Monday! It definitely sounds like Coxsackie virus! Hand foot mouth involves sores in the mouth too, but there is also blisters or peeling skin on the soles of feet and palms of hand. If it is Cox. it has to run through it's course, medicine will not cure it. If Im not mistaking, when I worked at the pediatricians office I remembered the Ped. instructing the parent to by a sort of mouth wash with the word "magic" in it. I dont remember the exact name. But if you call Walgreens they will know. This helps the sores, and gums heal. And just keep an eye out for dehydration, dry cracking lips, lethargic, no tears when crying, no wet diapers etc... and a mother's instinct is ALWAYS best if you feel concerned take her in to the ER for a second opinion. Also, high fever can make a child wake up suddenly scared or in a panic. That is completely OK. Good luck and my thoughts are with you and your family. :)

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J.C.

answers from Orlando on

I am so sorry that your daughter and family are experiencing such discomfort. My family and I will be praying for your daughter and family. Please remain calm. Your daughter's recovery time can be shorten with Mom remaining calm and supportive. This too shall pass.

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K.M.

answers from Boca Raton on

Sorry to hear you little one is sick and you have to wait til Monday to find out something. Thank goodness for this website and the support of Moms. It sounds like "Hand Foot and Mouth" or "Coxsackie" My daughter had it last summer (21 mths old). Fever for a few days, Dehydrated, ended up in te hospital for hydration and bloodtest. Then the blisters finally presented themselves. It can also show up on hands and feet. It did not on my daughter, just the throat. I was told it was a virus and it would run its course. Just keep hydrated and comfortable. She slowly began to eat. Ice cream and popsicles worked well to soothe, then anything she could tolerate. She was back to nornal in about two weeks total. But be careful, I got it next, but not to the degree of my daughter, then she got it back again but not as bad.
Hope the info helps ifthat is what she ends up having or nothing else serious.
Sincerely
K.

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C.M.

answers from Miami on

it may be hand, foot, mouth disease (coxsackie virus). they fun a high fever, get mouth sores and then sometimes end up with a rash or blisters on their hands and feet, too. they generally don't want to eat b/c of the painful blisters in their mouth and sometimes in theiir throat. if that's what it is, it's pretty common and not usuallly serious. it just makes them miserable for a while. it's also very contagious (even to adults), so be sure to wash your hands a lot and keep her away from other people. i can't remember the incubation period, but i'm pretty sure it's for as long as they have the rash/blisters.
since it's a virus, antibiotics won't help. the only thing you can do for them is try to keep her comfortable and hydrated. when my daughter is sick and doesn't want to eat or drink, i bribe her with things like popsicles (pediacare makes some that are good for them while they're sick) and jello.
you can google hand-foot-mouth disease or coxsackievirus to get more info.
good luck,
C.

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R.H.

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Well, I know that fever is indicative of infection. If your Doctor doesn't know what it is, I would consider changing Doctors. Did the Doctor prescribe antibiotics? I would start her on some mild chicken soup, homemade. onions, garlic, and parsley all are natural antibiotics.

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A.F.

answers from Miami on

Do you or anyone close to her have cold sores? This sounds like what my son had at about 16 months. His gums were swollen with sores inside in out of his mouth. One morning when he woke up he had a weird color in his mouth and when I smelt it to see what it could be it was blood from his gums! His fever was staying at about 103. Well, when I brought him to the doctor I was told that it was Herpes simplex virus (which is the virus that causes cold sores). I was told that in young children this virus is in some cases really bad the first time they are exposed to it. My son got them from my husbands grandmother who wouldn't listen to me that her sores were very contagious and ignored the fact I didn't want her kissing on him. This is what I think she has and inside her mouth will be better soon. However she will now be a carrier for this and may have outbreaks of cold sores. Since my son got this at 16 months he has yet to have more cold sores he is now turning 3 but the doctor told me that only the first time will it be as bad as this. Try feeding her puddings, jello, and ice pops. I hope this helps

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