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To be taking my 7 month old to the doctors

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brummiegirl1 Thu 07-Feb-13 09:12:48

Yesterday my baby had loose nappies and on the night he was burning up and his hands and feet were red hot, he wasn't grumpy though. I gave him calpol which took his fever away. All night though i was awake with him just crying and he may have slept for ten minutes before waking up eacg time he also has a runny nose. I finally got him to sleep at 5.30 and he slept for 2 hours. He woke up and has fallen back to sleep now.

I have have got him into the doctors this morning but the doctor im seeing im not impressed with and he does nothing and he makes me feel im over reacting. My baby does not feel like he has a fever now and does appear a little better although tired but did have another loose nappy at 4.00. Would you be taking him to the docs too?

valiumredhead Thu 07-Feb-13 09:17:24

No I wouldn't, it wouldn't cross my mind tbh.

Geekster Thu 07-Feb-13 09:18:13

YANBU if you are worried take him. Doesn't matter what the Doctor thinks. If it puts your mind at rest go. I've taken my DD a couple of times when I've been unsure if I should or not and was glad I did even if it was just for peace of mind.

Hope he feels better soon.

landofsoapandglory Thu 07-Feb-13 09:19:25

I wouldn't be taking him to the doctors for that, TBH.

Flisspaps Thu 07-Feb-13 09:22:07

I wouldn't, but if you need the reassurance, go.

CanIHaveAPetGiraffePlease Thu 07-Feb-13 09:23:26

I wouldn't no. If a fever doesn't come down with calpol after a day I might if baby was obviously unhappy. But not really for everyday coughs colds or tummy upsets. Doesn't the average under 5 have 10 colds a year? It was a poster in our health visitor. Room when I had my first designed to make you think before going in.

HKat Thu 07-Feb-13 09:25:01

Yanbu, as Flisspaps says if you're worried, take him, you know your baby better than anyone. If he's your first you won't know any different (like me)and you shouldn't be made to feel a nuisance by the Dr.

If you are worried then take him back (and see a different doctor), doctors are there to help and to put your mind at rest. His symptons don't SOUND like it's anything serious, I would give him plenty of milk, dose of calpol and maybe use a baby decongestant if they are suitable at that age, runny noses often translate into runny nappies so that's not anything unusual. If his nose is blocked, you could try sloping his mattress as well, either fold a small towel under it or put a small block under the cot legs (making sure that it is stable). I'm sure he is just fine and just has a cold, but as I say, if you are worried go back to the doctor. Follow your instincts.

No I wouldn't bring him to the doctor. It's a virus, there's nothing they can do and he's better off at home in the warmth.

Apileofballyhoo Thu 07-Feb-13 10:45:12

I don't think YABU. I took DS as a precaution when he was a baby with a fever and it turned out he had a sinus infection and needed antibiotic. Your DC is too little to tell you if ears/throat are sore so best to get checked I would think. My DS is bigger now and I wouldn't go to the doctor for a fever unless temperature not responding to medication or very high, but I can ask him if he is in pain, light hurting his eyes and look down his throat etc. With babies you can't.

propertyNIGHTmareBEFOREXMAS Thu 07-Feb-13 10:54:29

I would not go to the GP. That said, I have four children and am reasonably experienced with up all night, mild illness etc. If it is your first baby and you are an anxious type anyway then I can see why you might panic. I hope your baby is better soon.

Winniepooh23 Thu 07-Feb-13 11:18:54

Im quite surprised at the number of posters who feel qualified to diagnose a cold or virus over a forum then advise you not to take a 7 month old to the doctor. If you're worried or concerned take him in, have him checked over and hopefully it puts your mind at rest. That is reason enough to take a little baby into the doc. I'm sure it is nothing but if your mind is worried its not great for either of you. Hope it's nothing OP.

Kafri Thu 07-Feb-13 12:38:07

my first port of call is a telephone consultation with my preferred doctor and then he decides if he would like to see either me or ds (depending on who i'm calling about). He is more than accommodating especially where ds is concerned and if it is something that he can only really go off the symptoms i'm describing rather than something he can actually see (ds has had silent reflux/colic/screaming incessantly etc) then he has been quite appreciative that i've not taken up a slot when he can discuss it over the phone. I have also appreciated that I haven't had to get ds down to the docs office while in total screaming meltdown.

NumericalMum Thu 07-Feb-13 12:42:17

If there is no fever isn't it unlikely to be anything serious? I probably would have taken my DC as a baby as my mum would have bullied me into it but now I only take her if there is a fever for more than 2 days or anything g that she is obviously distressed about (ears, throat etc)

My GP generally just tuts for wasting her time unless you are at death's door...

Kafri Thu 07-Feb-13 12:49:22

Haha numericalmum - my gp is lovely - its the bloody receptionist i have to get past that causes issues! grin

VodkaKnockers Thu 07-Feb-13 16:26:44

My GP has always said to me that if I am in any doubt, bring him in.

He has said he rather I as over cautious as illnesses at that age can progress quickly especially in the under 2s.

He is rather lovely and is also a hospital practitioner at the local childrens hospital so I trust his judgement

PurpleStorm Fri 08-Feb-13 21:36:57

YANBU to take him to the doctors if you're worried about him, especially as your DS is too little to tell you how he's feeling.

brummiegirl1 Fri 08-Feb-13 23:12:45

Thankyou for your replies, my son has a viral infection and is his old self but feel better now for checking him out.

ceeveebee Fri 08-Feb-13 23:17:07

My GP has a great system where they will call you for a telephone appointment within the hour, and if they deem it necessary they ask you to come in that day. Works really well
I probably wouldn't have taken based on what you've said but I may have called if no improvement after 24 hours.

ceeveebee Fri 08-Feb-13 23:17:34

Oh and hope your DS feels better soon

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