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15 month old really poorly - when to see doctor?

(17 Posts)
MsFiremanSam Sun 16-Nov-14 15:29:57

Any advice really appreciated. Very phlegmy, weak, pale, fast breathing, coughing, no interest in food - wet nappies tho. She looks dreadful and no better in 5 days. At what point is this more than normal cold/fever?

ArchangelGallic Sun 16-Nov-14 15:31:17

about 3 days.
Please call 111 for advice and they will find you out of hours doctor.
Have you taken temperature?

TanteRose Sun 16-Nov-14 15:33:12

Erm, now? Fast breathing is not good. If you can see her chest being pulled in as she breathes, you need to get to hospital - pneumonia can come on very quickly in young children

vichill Sun 16-Nov-14 15:33:36

I'd ring the doctor. Have you checked her throat or ears for gunk or signs of infection?

FannyFifer Sun 16-Nov-14 15:33:55

That doesn't sound great, the fast breathing could be due to high temp, what's her temp?

I would phone NHS24 & get her an appointment today.

MsFiremanSam Sun 16-Nov-14 15:38:51

Thanks for quick replies. Temp 38 before paracetamol. Breathing sounds really gunky, nose streaming. She's just so listless, not normal at all.

BoreOfWhabylon Sun 16-Nov-14 15:41:28

As others have said, please call 111 now.

Hope she is ok.

afreshstartplease Sun 16-Nov-14 15:43:05

Agree get her checked asap

FannyFifer Sun 16-Nov-14 15:47:23

Poor wee thing.

AnyFucker Sun 16-Nov-14 15:47:43


crapcrapcrapcrap Sun 16-Nov-14 15:50:42

No doctor I've ever seen with my children has begrudged it. They usually say they'd rather check and reassure than have parents worrying at home or children becoming more ill.

Let us know how you get on.

MsFiremanSam Sun 16-Nov-14 15:52:40

Thanks all, we have an appointment in an hour.

Gruntbaby Sun 16-Nov-14 15:54:49

As a mother of 2 children who have had more than their share of pneumonia and respiratory distress -

Call 111.

Fast breathing (how fast? Over 40 per minute for a couple of hours and she needs to be seen, over 50 and you need to get her to hospital). Count when she's at rest and count for a minute if possible, but remember what number you were on at 30 seconds so you can double if she wriggles or something. Children breathe fast if they have a fever, but it can also be a sign of respiratory distress. If she seems to be pulling in her stomach, or between her ribs or between her collarbones when breathing you need to take her to hospital.

Fever not too high but the listlessness is worrying.

Give her extra milk/fluids.

Gruntbaby Sun 16-Nov-14 15:57:14

Good, hope she's ok. Trust your instincts. The two times I have ignored my instincts have resulted in (1) pneumonia and (2) high dependency unit. I really regretted it.

If there's any chest recession (pulling in), film on your phone as sometimes the cold/car journey can calm them down and they look ok when you get there, only to get worse when back at home. If you have filmed what's happening the doctor can see and take it seriously if needed.

nochangewanted Sun 16-Nov-14 16:01:22

Glad you have an appointment and getting checked over

MsFiremanSam Sun 16-Nov-14 19:34:30

We're back - it's a lung infection. On the front and back apparently, so no wonder she's breathing fast.
Got antibiotics now so hopefully it'll clear fast.
Thanks for all your advice.

Starlightbright1 Sun 16-Nov-14 20:09:18

Glad she is checked and will hopefully be on the mend.. Do be afraid to take her back if she gets worse

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