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11 Month old ill, unsure of diagnosis

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  • Posted By: Lauren318
  • May 26, 2010
  • 05:44 PM

I have an 11 month old daughter. She was recently found to be a strep carrier after having 4 positive strep swabs in 2 months. However, she has been having these symptoms for the last 3-5 weeks and we are unsure what is happening.

Excessive sleeping (up to 20 hours a day)
Shaking her head back and forth (like saying "no")
Raspy breathing
Lack of urination (staying dry for up to 5 hours)
No appetite (used to love her food!)
Weight loss
Personality changes (hasn't really smiled in 2+ weeks, etc)
Diarrhea (VERY foul smelling)
Sweating profusely, even when its chilly
Whole body is warm to the touch, although she has no registerable fever when taken rectally
Has had blood in her urine in the past month
Small amounts of vomiting over the past few weeks
I'm at a complete loss. She just had a CBC (blood panel), CMP (metabolic panel), ESR Sedimentation, and C-Reactive Protein taken and everything came back fine. The doctors want to admit her but I just don't know what they're going to do...The excessive sleeping really concerns me. She's always tired and I hardly get to spend any time with her anymore because she's always in bed.

If anyone else has ever experienced anything like this, please reply!

Thank you

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  • If the symptoms have been persistent for 3-5 weeks as you have said, I would suggest admitting your baby to the hospital as the doctors have advised you. If you are uncertain of what they will do when your little one is there you can always ask them before you decide to admit your child. It could be many different things causing all those symptoms, my daughter had the same symptoms (not for as long though) and it turned out to be a UTI that was making her tired, causing discomfort and well lets face it, no one likes to eat when they are sick or really tired. If the doctors are suggesting you admit your little one though, I would give it a try, it sounds like you are very concerned as Im sure any parent would be so at this point I think it may be worth it so that they can have a closer look, examine more thoroughly, and observe more consistently.
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  • Sounds like you need to allow her to be admitted.. if you are worried about her being in hospital cant you stay there with her??? i always stayed WITH (in same room) as my children while they were in hospital (my youngest almost lived there for the first couple of years of her life). I personally dont believe one should leave babies or small children alone there if at all possible, (ive seen some shocking things while i have been there... to some it is like sick children are just an object rather than a child). You should be able to stay there and still make choices for your child
    taniaaust1 2,267 Replies Flag this Response
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