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Non-conflicting health advice

(6 Posts)
MrsNouveauRichards Wed 16-Mar-16 06:34:50

Hi.

My 5 year old is poorly. As any parent I've been on NHS website, webMD etc....

Everything I read is conflicted!

For example, if your child has a temperature of 38.5+ seek medical help immediately. Yet you call the Dr and they say "give them calpol"

My son is on day 4 of a sickness bug, he is incredibly weak, he is dehydrated, he is irritable, he has an intermittent high temp (39+) The drs say " give him fluids, give him calpol"

I appreciate they don't want him in if necessary because of being contagious, but I just want to know what point I need medical help for him!

Whatthefreakinwhatnow Wed 16-Mar-16 06:39:38

When you say dehydrated, what signs is je showing? If he's seriously dehydrated he will need to be hospitalised. If jes just not drinking as much as he usually would, it's not great but not serious. My DD2 is 9 months old and is ill at the moment, I was concerned with dehydration as I has only managed to get 7oz of fluid into her in 24 hours -GP wasn't concerned, as long as she was drinking something. He suggested ice lollies too which DD has found refreshing on her poor little throat so you could try these. The doctor said it doesn't matter where the fluid comes from, be it lollies or whatever. Will he take and pediolyte?

MrsNouveauRichards Wed 16-Mar-16 06:52:31

Hi, thanks for replying.

He's got a sickness bug so nothing is staying down. He's on lucozade sport, the non fizzy one with the electrolytes in.

The nurse didn't seem too concerned when I phoned about him not having had a wee in over 8 hours.

WhirlwindHugs Wed 16-Mar-16 07:03:09

If he's weeing every 8 hours that's okay, if it's been 18hrs now and he's still not wee'd then that's not okay iyswim?

Look up the NHS symptoms of dehydration and look for those. My DD was admitted with dehydration during d&v once, it was the hottest day of the year, she hadn't wee'd for 20hrs, kept collapsing if she stood for too long, kept falling asleep, vomitted up all the fluids we gave her.

Good tip isto use a syringe and just squirt 10ml of fluid into their mouth every 5mins. Very small amounts are less likely to make them sick.

MrsNouveauRichards Wed 16-Mar-16 08:58:31

Thank you.

I took him round to the Dr before they officially opened, and the Dr was really helpful.

Said keep on with the lucozade sport, little sips. If it keeps coming up and no wee in 12 hours then direct to A&E.

He said we'd done the right thing.

WhirlwindHugs Wed 16-Mar-16 10:12:38

That's good - I'm glad they took you seriously. It's very worrying when they can't keep fluids down.

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