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To think DS doesn't need to go to the GP?

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LondonStill83 Wed 01-Mar-17 21:53:28

DS is 5.5 months old, though was 6 weeks premature. Twice I have taken him to A&E when he has had a high temperature and was unwell in himself, and both times he was admitted for a few days with bronchiolitis (I say this to show that the twice I have been concerned I was right to be).

DS has had a mild temperature since Monday night (goes down with calpol, the highest was 39 last night which dropped about 30 mins after calpol and hasnt been above 38 since then), and has lost his voice. I think he has a sore throat and ears and he's a little sniffly. He's a little more tired than normal and very cuddly, and although he's grizzlier than normal, he is still happy and playful and happy to flap around / play in his jumparoo / read stories etc.

There aren't any Gp appointments and I am convinced they will just tell me to manage symptoms and come back if it gets worth anyway. I could take him to a walk in unit- will be a 2-3 hour wait. AIBU to avoid the GP or would you go if nothing changes?

Sirzy Wed 01-Mar-17 21:55:24

Assuming he is drinking normally I wouldn't be too worried and think you are right. That said if in doubt don't hesitate to get him checked.

I assume with the history you are more than aware what to look for for signs of respiratory distress.

BarbarianMum Wed 01-Mar-17 21:55:59

I wouldn't go unless things change tbh. I'm a natural worried and one thing I learned in my ds's first year was that, if I wasn't worried, there was nothing to worry about.

LondonStill83 Wed 01-Mar-17 21:57:24

Ah sorry, yes, I should have said he has been eating like normal with usual amount of wet nappies.

I am also a worrier and though the temperature of 39 set my alarm bells going, it dropped quickly after calpol and has stayed down since.

LondonStill83 Wed 01-Mar-17 21:59:00

His little cry is just heart breaking though- not of itself a reason to go to the GP but it's like he can barely squeak it out :-(. sad

AnoiseAnnoysanOyster Wed 01-Mar-17 22:00:22

As long as he's breathing ok and having plenty of wet nappies it doesn't sound like it's anything you need to go to a&e over.

You can give nurofen as well.

delilahbucket Wed 01-Mar-17 22:09:52

As pp said, if breathing is ok and he's getting plenty of fluids, and his temp is under control, I wouldn't worry. It sounds like he's caught the cold that's been doing the rounds. I lost my voice for two days last week. Dp started with it yesterday.

LondonStill83 Wed 01-Mar-17 22:10:09

Thank you all!

HughLauriesStubble Thu 02-Mar-17 12:05:53

I would take him because after 3 days of temperatures with no sign of improvement, he may have developed a secondary infection on top of a viral that might need antibiotics.

LondonStill83 Fri 03-Mar-17 23:29:08

Hugh, thankfully after I wrote he didn't need anymore calpol or nurofen to bring his temperature down, and his symptoms improved quickly. He still has no voice bless him, but otherwise he is fine! Thanks all for your reassurance.

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