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DS has been asleep almost whole day ???

(26 Posts)
minibmw2010 Sun 20-Jan-13 16:03:28

DS (20 months) has tonsillitis since Friday, on anti-biopics, pretty unhappy when awake. Had a v rough night which meant he eventually slept to 11am, then went for a nap at 12.30 and is still fast asleep. I've managed to get some water and milk in but only one lot of medicine so far. Is this Ok?

starfishmummy Sun 20-Jan-13 16:13:28

He could just be sleeping it off. Can you wake him for antibiotics?
And maybe ring your ooh service for advice.

RandomMess Sun 20-Jan-13 16:15:40

Wake him for his antibiotics.

Rosa Sun 20-Jan-13 16:16:32

Medcine should go in at the correct times as stated on the instructions or they will not work.

catladycourtney1 Sun 20-Jan-13 16:17:43

If he's on antibiotics you need to make sure he takes them when he's supposed to. Can you just wake him to take his medicine or whatever and then let him go back to sleep?

It's normal for him to be exhausted, his little body is working hard to fight off the infection. But I would say, if something seems wrong or you can't wake him easily, then get some proper medical advice straight away.

Viewofthehills Sun 20-Jan-13 16:24:29

You must get his medicine in him.
If he's been on them since Friday without improvement I would wonder if they're actually working for him and if in doubt take him back to the doctor.
Actually I would ask for a review.

LoopsInHoops Sun 20-Jan-13 16:26:00

Can you wake him?

dikkertjedap Sun 20-Jan-13 16:26:13

As others have pointed out, it is very very important that he gets the antibiotics spread out over 24 hours, so there is a constant level in his body to help him fight the infection.

In very rare cases tonsillitis can become really nasty and even life threatening. So, wake him up to give antibiotics and a drink. If you have difficulty rousing him contact OOH/A&E. He is still very young, so it is extra important that he gets enough fluids. Do you have dioralyte you can give him in small sips?

If unsure, seek medical help.

minibmw2010 Sun 20-Jan-13 18:15:23

Thanks all, he woke just after I posted and the Neurofen helped bring his temp under control, for now, I expect it'll climb again soon. It gave us enough of a window to get some v cold yoghurt and raspberries into him so we could give anti-B's (as he's always sick if he takes them on an empty tummy).

Thankfully water is the one thing he's been willing to take since Friday but the scary high temp does freak me out every now and then. Thanks for all advice.

Viewofthehills Sun 20-Jan-13 20:22:59

Hope he feels better soon.

xkcdfangirl Sun 20-Jan-13 20:41:13

Hope he feels better soon. Do make sure you can rowse him occasionally - it's ok for him to sleep all day so long as he is capable of waking to full consciousness, having a drink/medicine and showing signs of alertness (speaking to you if he is verbal yet) - you can then let him go back to sleep if he wants to and need not worry no matter how long he needs to sleep. However, if you cannot wake him at all and he's basically unconscious rather than sleeping you need to seek medical advice (call NHS direct) as this can be a sign that he is more seriously poorly.

minibmw2010 Sun 20-Jan-13 20:55:45

Yes will do, thank you, appreciate that. He went to bed cooler tonight so I'm hoping it might mean the temp is on its way out soon, will be keeping a close eye on him tonight.

perplexedpirate Sun 20-Jan-13 20:56:17

DS (5 next week) had tonsillitis a few months ago. He slept all day, but slept himself better.
If you can rouse him for his medicine and drinks, I'd let him get on with it.
Hope he's better soon.

minibmw2010 Tue 22-Jan-13 19:29:17

Ok now it's developed into a chest infection so poor DS is on another course of different antibiotics. Poor baby. sad

Thankfully with this, though it's in his chest, he doesn't seem to have the temp, just the nasty cough and wheezing. sad

No food bar a tiny bit of milk every day for almost a week.

ilovesprouts Tue 22-Jan-13 19:30:44

my kids always slept them selfs better only woke up for drinks

minibmw2010 Wed 23-Jan-13 07:04:50

What's the highest a temp should go before you'd take them to hospital? sad

HouseOfBears Wed 23-Jan-13 07:44:57

I was told at 37 give paracetomol, at 38 visit the docs and at 39 go to A&E but that was for a 2-month old. Your poor boy I hope he's better soon sad

DoctorAnge Wed 23-Jan-13 07:58:23

I would see a dr throughout the illness tbh he has developed a secondary infection so needs close monitoring. DD is six and the Drs get concerned with a 39 fever but she does have other health problems...

minibmw2010 Wed 23-Jan-13 08:17:24

Yes, we went back y'day as his first course of antibiotics were finished and he wasn't 'well' yet, did suspect there was something in his chest and that was confirmed, now we have another set of different antibiotics.

If we get another temp of over 40 I may bundle him up and drive over to A&E. I'd prefer them to think me neurotic than he have a convulsion or anything happen to him sad. Thank you all.

DeWe Wed 23-Jan-13 09:09:23

By that age, I'd say if the temperature is coming down with calpol and ibroprofin, I wouldn't take them to A&E.
But dd2 used to get temperatures around 41 at that age, she didn't do mild fevers, it was either below 38, or above 40, and would stay like that for 2-3 days. Thankfully she grew out of that.

dikkertjedap Wed 23-Jan-13 09:37:41

Basically a chest infection is either bronchitis (which is viral, so no need for antibiotics, and usually seen in adults) or pneumonia (can be viral or bacterial, as a secondary infection usually bacterial). This means that your ds basically got pneumonia. Doctors don't like to tell parents this as they think it scares them unnecessarily. However, it is important to know this IMO because you need to be extra alert. If temperature starts spiking again and especially if it does not come significantly down with ibuprofen and paracetamol seek medical help. Ideally A&E so they can make a chest X-ray, take blood to determine exactly what type of bacteria is causing this. Pneumonia can be treated really well if everybody stays on the ball. It may take several doses of antibiotics with lots of monitoring (eg seeing the GP daily or every other day, to check if the chest is starting to clear/same/getting worse) - if you have any concerns seek medical advice. You don't want to muck about with pneumonia.

Hope he gets better soon.

steppemum Wed 23-Jan-13 09:54:32

If mine have temperature, the key for me is whether it comes down with calpol and nurofen.
If not, and temp over 40, I would seek help (out of hours doc maybe)

If a temp over 40 (and being controlled with calpol etc, but going up to 40 in between) if that goes on for 2-3 days, should seek doctors advice too.

Also, the child must be rouseable (is that a word?) You must be able to wake them up fully. If you can't wake them, then you must go stright to A&E (was a scary thread about that a few weeks ago)

minibmw2010 Wed 23-Jan-13 10:25:20

Thanks all.

Rang NHS Direct and they directed me to ring my Dr's, rang them and they said all the stuff we know of keeping him cool, fluids, Neurofen, Calpol, etc and if he has a convulsion to ring an ambulance (but they helped calm me down too so that's good).

Thankfully he's finally gone under 40, so we're sitting on the sofa watching Love Actually for now. Will keep v close eye on him.

dikkertjedap Wed 23-Jan-13 10:38:24

Does your GP not want to see him every day/every other day to check that his pneumonia is responding to the antibiotics which have been prescribed?

I thought that that was common practice when treating pneumonia in the community (eg all the cases being treated at home rather than in hospital).

minibmw2010 Wed 23-Jan-13 10:53:21

No they just said to call back if the high temp persisted and to call if I was worried.

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