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2yo DD has had a temperature for 5 days

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tickleyourpickle Tue 29-Dec-15 17:58:34

Hello
DD started with a temp on the evening of Christmas Day.
It's been consistently 39.5 but does come down with calpol / ibuprofen for a couple of hours then shoots back up
Yesterday she woke up and seemed more herself, temp was fine but by the afternoon it was back up to 39.5 again. Same today, woke up fine but by lunch it's high again

I've just got back from the doctors with her, he felt some lumps on her neck and said she's fine.
I'm no doctor but a 2 year old child that has slept solidly for 5 days, not eating and drinking very little doesn't seem fine to me?
After getting home, i realised that he didn't look in her mouth, or ears.
Would you get a 2nd opinion?

Freezingwinter Tue 29-Dec-15 18:00:17

In a word yes. How can he exclude infection of those areas? I'd ring 111.

tickleyourpickle Tue 29-Dec-15 18:01:44

I should probably add, I have very little faith in my GP surgery. They missed a double ear infection with DD despite me taking her 4 times, cue 2 perforated ear drums, blocked ears for 6 months and a hospital visit to get them cleared out.
Also refused to phone an ambulance for my DS who was having a severe asthma attack and ended up in hospital for 5 days

As you can imagine, my lack of faith in this doctors may be clouding my judgement confused

Raxacoricofallapatorius Tue 29-Dec-15 18:04:09

I'd want her throat, ears and chest checked. However, it's entirely possible it's viral.

Any other symptoms? Cough, cold, ear pulling, pain swallowing, breathing probs, signs of dehydration?

Will she suck ice lollies? I'd concentrate on fluids, don't worry about food. Meds if she's in pain or discomfort. You are not happy so get a 2nd opinion.

Freezingwinter Tue 29-Dec-15 18:04:15

Do you have an out of hours or a walk in centre?

tickleyourpickle Tue 29-Dec-15 18:20:53

Sorry, yes I should have said, she is full of a cold. Not so much a cough but very snotty

alltheworld Tue 29-Dec-15 18:25:29

My dd had this at a similar age, I was fobbed off by nhs direct. Took her to walkin where doc said a temp over 38 needed to be at a and e, not that I agree with that, took her, turned out she had pneumonia
Ds just had v high temp for five days, barely controlled by calpol...something nasty going around

MistressMerryWeather Tue 29-Dec-15 18:30:19

5 days? Gosh that is long, especially is she isn't eating or drinking right.

It could be viral but there is no harm in making sure.

Jibberjabberjooo Tue 29-Dec-15 19:50:32

Yes I would. I'm pretty sure the guidelines say to get seen after a fever for five days. They really should have looked in her ears and throat and listened to her chest.

Raxacoricofallapatorius Tue 29-Dec-15 22:52:11

Alltheworld, that is odd advice from that doc. A child under 3 months with a fever over 38 needs medical attention. Between 3 and 6 months, over 39.

In a 2yo, 38 is a mild fever but actually, the number is irrelevant in most cases. You must always look at the child, not just the thermometer. DS had double pneumonia and no fever at all because his body wasn't fighting it. That's what a fever is in essence; the body working hard.

How is she OP?

colouringinagain Tue 29-Dec-15 22:54:42

My niece was like this a while ago. Sil ended up taking her to a walk in place. Turned out she had a uti... Def get this investigated. Hope she's better soon

alltheworld Tue 29-Dec-15 23:18:57

Raxa I agree it was strange advice from the dr and I didn't agree with it but in fact dd, who was 18 mos, had pneumonia.

ThatsNotMyHouseItIsTooClean Tue 29-Dec-15 23:30:12

Just to say that 3.5yo DS was very similar recently and it took him a good couple of weeks to get back to normal once he was over the worst of it. By day 4, I decided normal eating rules were going out the windows as I was concerned about keeping him hydrated and with some food intake so he ate a lot of ice lollies & yogurts and drank a lot of apple juice and smoothies. He also watched a ridiculous amount of TV as he just didn't have the energy for anything else.

JarethTheGoblinKing Tue 29-Dec-15 23:53:51

Yep. 111, they'll advise. If your instinct says there's something wrong, don't ignore. If I'd listened to my idiot GP, DS might not be here.

tickleyourpickle Wed 30-Dec-15 10:27:19

Thanks everyone.
She's just the same today, I had to go wake her up at 8.30am to check she was ok, she's back asleep again now
I've called 111 and they said if she's taking some fluids (she is) then to just see how she goes over the next few days and if I'm concerned then take her back to my useless doctors

tickleyourpickle Wed 30-Dec-15 10:29:54

I'm not sure what else I can do really, I can't exactly turn up at a&e with her, it's not an emergency. I could call my doctors back and request another doctor to see her? Day 6 of a high temp and I've gone through an entire bottle of calpol !

Gileswithachainsaw Wed 30-Dec-15 10:32:27

Yes see another dr. calpol shouldn't be taken fir that long befire seeking more advice

there's clearly something wrong.

poor baby

Jibberjabberjooo Wed 30-Dec-15 10:38:43

I really think you should get her seen again. Are all your GPs useless? Can you see a different one? They really should examine her to look for a focus. It may be viral but without examining her how do they know?

Did you tell 111 that they didn't actually look at her?

JarethTheGoblinKing Wed 30-Dec-15 10:39:04

You definitely need to see the GP today, preferably a different one! It probably is just a virus, but if you've gone through that much calpol then she needs checking out today

Jibberjabberjooo Wed 30-Dec-15 10:40:41

I also think you need to get a bit firmer with the GP.

Waitingforsherlock Wed 30-Dec-15 10:45:20

I'd get her seen at a walk in centre if possible. That's a long time for a fever that high. My dc3 had a temp of 39.7 for 48 hours recently but her temp slowly returned to normal afterwards. She had conjunctivitis, productive cough and runny nose but although having the odd sleep in the day, was alert and drinking. I would say that dehydration is a potential issue with running a fever for that long. We went to the doctor and she had a thorough check of ears, throat and chest. I was told it was a self limiting virus which was correct.

I'm always cautious though as my dc1 had pneumonia at the age of three. He ran a high fever, had flushed cheeks, was vomiting, had rigours, lethargy and no appetite. It took five doctor visits and eventually us insisting on going to A&E to get it spotted by chest X-ray.

I hope she feels better soon.

Lj8893 Wed 30-Dec-15 10:46:34

Sounds like my dd. she has been unwell since Xmas day, very irritable and sleepy. She has had a temp and awful cough. She hasent eaten or drunk in days, yet my gp wasn't concerned. He did give her antibiotics to be on safe side though.

tickleyourpickle Wed 30-Dec-15 11:19:58

I called my doctors to try and get her another appointment but none available, so I called 111 back and spoke with a lovely lady, she has organised for a non emergency ambulance to come out to see her and check her over. She said the level of sleepiness and drowsiness is a major concern. Just waiting for them to come now I will keep you updated
Thank you all for your replies x

Jibberjabberjooo Wed 30-Dec-15 11:23:00

We done OP. Please let us know how she is. flowers

Jibberjabberjooo Wed 30-Dec-15 11:23:14

Well, that was meant to say.

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