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7 year old sick for ~7 weeks - fever won't go away

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  • Posted By: goldenmom7500
  • February 13, 2009
  • 03:20 PM

Hello,

My 7 year old daughter has been sick since the end of the year and I am wondering if anyone has any suggestions as to what to do next. Here is the history:

o end December: Fifth Disease (not serious, but really knocked her out)
o mid January: influenza A (prescribed Tamiflu)
o 5 days later: sinus infection (prescribed Augmentin)
o 5 days later: influenza b - fever as high as 106 (Tamiflu again)
o 10 days later (3 days ago): UTI (related we assume to diarrhea; prescribed that sulfa antibiotic)

She's lost 10% of her body weight and just walks around the house all day saying "I don't feel well". She does look very droopy and rashy and has this fever that hovers around 100. Just yesterday they took blood and the mono spot was negative and the CBC was fine. We're waiting on the Epstein-Barr test. She's been on this sulfa antibiotic for 4 days now.

Does it sound like there is something underlying that is weakening her immune system, or is it just a run of bad luck? Up until early this week we assumed that she was just coming out of the flu; then we thought the UTI was the explanation, but the fever isn't coming down.

Thanks for any suggestions!

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  • Hi Goldenmom, pay no attention to Blaze :rolleyes: Really you should take your wee girl back to your Doctor, as you will be told all sorts of things here that wastes time and whatever the problem is it will only be your Doctor who can test & treat her. Best wishes :)
    Tootsie 628 Replies
    • February 13, 2009
    • 04:16 PM
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  • Hi, OK, no new power lines, etc. We actually must have buried lines anyhow. Yes, she has been to the doctor I guess 8 times so far since late December and I talk to the nurses like every other day. I'm thinking of getting a second opinion, but I'll wait for the epstein-barr test to come back. thanks :)
    goldenmom7500 5 Replies
    • February 13, 2009
    • 04:21 PM
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  • Her immune system has been ravaged by all the meds...what are her stools like? How long has she had skin rashes? Does she have an appetite? Poor thing. Antibiotics strip away all of the good with the bad, leaving her vulnerable for more infections like UTI, and even colitis. Please get a good quality children's chewable PROBIOTIC to help get her immune system back on track. This will help reintroduce the beneficial flora in her intestines. I use Nature's plus animal parade kidzdophilus with my kids, but there are others by Jarrow, and more. A good healthfood store will carry this, or online at vitacost.com. Further testing should be done by your docs, but also consider finding a holistic practitioner to help get your child back on track. Homeopathy, naturopathy, even a good chiro with experience treating kids may be very helpful. I am a Doctor of Oriental Medicine and have used herbal remedies, homeopathics, and more on both my kids with great results. There are many paths towards healing...this is just a suggestion. Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • February 13, 2009
    • 11:46 PM
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  • Thanks, much appreciated. I will definitely get her on a probiotic. The rash was at its worst about a week ago (looked like Fifth Disease again - rosy cheeks), but then they found the UTI and it has been somewhat better. I don't know about her stools - she only tells me if she has diarrhea (also a week ago) and she wasn't able to describe it (the diarrhea) in a way that was helpful to me and/or her pediatrician. Her appetite has seemed OK - she is always asking me to bring her things - but then she doesn't seem to finish them as much as normal.
    goldenmom7500 5 Replies
    • February 14, 2009
    • 06:12 PM
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  • Thanks, much appreciated. I will definitely get her on a probiotic. The rash was at its worst about a week ago (looked like Fifth Disease again - rosy cheeks), but then they found the UTI and it has been somewhat better. I don't know about her stools - she only tells me if she has diarrhea (also a week ago) and she wasn't able to describe it (the diarrhea) in a way that was helpful to me and/or her pediatrician. Her appetite has seemed OK - she is always asking me to bring her things - but then she doesn't seem to finish them as much as normal. It's important to know if she is going regularly or if she may be constipated or has diarrhea. Be sure to ask her if she has any stomach pain before or after a bm, and how often she is going a day. If she starts having lots of watery diarrhea (this can occur up to six months of stopping an antibiotic), then be sure to have her stool tested for clostridium difficile infection...hopefully that will not happen, but be sure to rule it out if it does. A probiotic will help. Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • February 14, 2009
    • 07:36 PM
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