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Dd been ill and not eaten for 2 weeks.

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Madamecastafiore Thu 11-Dec-14 12:01:49

Cough started 2 weeks ago on the Wednesday, stopped eating immediately.

Friday she had MMR that night she really poorly, vomiting, floppy, pale so took her to walk in centre who have antibiotics and said eardrum looks perforated and infected. Shocked as history of tonsillitis so really thought it throat not ears.

Got a little better, cough still bad, hacking and causes her to wince and then started to get temp and not sleep other than on me.

Last Friday DH took to doctors to check ear. He said should not have given her antibiotics and nothing wrong with ear just virus. We basically got to ride it out, carry on with calpol and neurofen.

Over the last three days, she still not eaten, slept nearly all day, taking maybe 20 oz of milk and the same of water. Her temperature has spiked up to three times a day so she has had calpol or neurofen at least everyday for the last 2 weeks. Coughs and then screams. Bringing up brown phlegm.

I just don't know what to do. How much longer do we keep medicating her, how much longer can she not eat for?

I'm not a first timer, my eldest is 14 and I have a 10 year old but can't remember them being so I'll for this long.

Got doctors at 4pm and I think I'll burst into years if he gives me the go away it's just a virus line again. I know it's true and there's nothing they can do for a virus but my beautiful baby is fading before my eyes.

Madamecastafiore Thu 11-Dec-14 12:03:27

Sorry she's 13 months and again asleep in my arms. I can't put her down or she wakes up and screams.

OohMrDarcy Thu 11-Dec-14 12:04:57

I would be back at the docs, sounds like its maybe a chest infection

LadySybilLikesSloeGin Thu 11-Dec-14 12:08:42

She needs to be seen by a doctor (either your GP or a children's A&E). It sounds like the antibiotics are not working so she may need something stronger. I'd take her sooner rather than later as she sounds quite unwell to me.

MsRainbow Thu 11-Dec-14 12:09:00

I would take her red book with you and get the doctor to weigh her, to check if she's losing weight. If she's dropped a centile they tend to take it more seriously.

crazykat Thu 11-Dec-14 12:12:11

I'd go back to the doctors and not leave without antibiotics tbh. Viral coughs can take weeks to go but your dd has a productive cough, isn't eating, has a fever and is sleepy, I'm no expert but it sounds more like a chest infection to me. Whenever any of my dcs have been feverish and sleepy they've needed antibiotics for chest/throat/ear.

Get a second opinion if they try to tell you it's just a virus.

LadySybilLikesSloeGin Thu 11-Dec-14 12:16:41

Might be a good idea for her to have a chest x ray.

TanteRose Thu 11-Dec-14 12:22:28

Poor little poppet sad
Def get second or third opinion - you should trust your instincts which are telling you something isn't right.

Don't worry too much about not eating - as long as she is getting some milk and liquids to stop her getting dehydrated

My DS was a bit older, nearly two, when he got bronchitis/tonsillitis. He was still breastfeeding and only had breastmilk for 2 weeks at aged 2. He lost weight of course but was fine after.

Hope your Dd gets better soon

isadorable Thu 11-Dec-14 12:24:05

If you don't get help from your doctor, I'd try A&E. i had a problem getting my daughter help with similar problems at that age. In the end she was admitted to hospital and we had to stay for over a week with IV antibiotics and fluids at the start. I got called over anxious by the doctor, but the ambulance crew and hospital doctors said I did the right thing. Good luck - hope she gets better soon.

FoodieToo Thu 11-Dec-14 13:40:30

I'd second a and e. My son had undiagnosed pneumonia for 3 weeks, it was only discovered on a chest x ray.

I would definitely be bringing her to hospital. Hope she's better soon.

Madamecastafiore Thu 11-Dec-14 14:07:17

Thanks everyone. I feel far less neurotic now. Angry, so so angry though.

She been asleep all morning and is sitting in mat playing with my purse now. Had some dioralyte and is a little perjurer but this is the cycle and after 30 minutes activity she will be asleep again!

Does that sound normal?

Going to whizz her to walk in centre once dd gets in from school and bypass the doctors this afternoon altogether!

Does that a

notapizzaeater Thu 11-Dec-14 14:09:32

Poor love, hope walk in centre can help

Littleturkish Thu 11-Dec-14 14:13:10

I would keep GP appt, I don't think walk in would be much more use?

Poor you and her. I'm surprised they gave her MMR when she was unwell, I'm sure some of this could be put down to a normal reaction to that and it's just unlucky she's unwell on top of it all.

TheFairyCaravan Thu 11-Dec-14 14:15:30

I wouldn't bypass the GP, I would prefer her to be seen by someone who has seen her before.

DS2 used to be like when he was little. It was awful and very worrying. Good luck, I hope you get some answers.

InfinitySeven Thu 11-Dec-14 14:16:18

Keep the GP appt. Walk in center will likely refer you back if they think you've skipped them.

If GP isn't helpful, look at other options. For now, take her back along with her red book and explain.

Did she respond at all to the antibiotics, or did they make no difference?

LadySybilLikesSloeGin Thu 11-Dec-14 14:22:45

GP should send her to the hospital, please do ask questions if he doesn't. She needs a chest x ray to rule out pneumonia.

Ds spent 4 days in hospital on a drip and antibiotics when he was 8 months old for pneumonia. He'd just vomit when I tried to feed him and was pretty weak.

Madamecastafiore Thu 11-Dec-14 14:36:37

Ok will wait till 4 to see doctor.

She has had 5oz of milk and is like a different child. Smiley and happy but it only lasts about an hour at the most before she starts getting lethargic again.

I feel like a fraud when she is like this but know it won't last.

BarbarianMum Thu 11-Dec-14 14:45:08

Hope she turns a corner soon. flowers Bear in mind that at this age milk counts as food, so she is 'eating' albeit just a little bit.

LadySybilLikesSloeGin Thu 11-Dec-14 14:56:16

You're not a fraud at all, she's clearly not well.

Ds pulled his drip out standing a few hours after it was put in as he smiling and waving at the nurses by the way (it was in his foot). I learned never to judge how unwell a child is by their ability to play grin

I hope they get her sorted and she's on the mend quickly. It must be a real worry for you thanks

LadySybilLikesSloeGin Thu 11-Dec-14 17:25:11

Are you back yet? smile

Madamecastafiore Thu 11-Dec-14 19:14:18

Sorry, yes.

Just a virus and could go on for weeks yet.

Said as long as drinking milk it fine but keep offering food.

Only give calpol if has temperature, not if she just uncomfortable or think in pain, for that give neurofen.

He listened to chest and looked at ears. Said ears congested but that part of virus and antibiotics won't do anything.

Typically our doctor looks like one of the Super Mario brothers and DD thinks he hilarious so spends the whole time no matter how poorly grinning at him like an idiot!

So just got to keep going on as we have been!

Thanks for all your help guys, kept me from totally freaking out this afternoon!

isadorable Thu 11-Dec-14 21:43:48

Poor little thing and poor you! Not easy to deal with. I hope she feels better soon.

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