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Vomiting - 3 weeks on from Scarlet Fever

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FuckOffJeffrey Fri 15-Apr-16 20:38:26

I posted about 3 weeks back re: my 6 year old DD having Scarlet Fever.

The Doctor confirmed scarlet fever (and conjunctivitis) and gave DD a 10 day course of penicillin.

She perked up after a couple of days on the antibiotics but I still feel like she hasn't been herself since. She's irritable, teary and has been sleeping a lot more than normal but I know it can take a few weeks for them to return to normal after scarlet fever so haven't been too concerned.

3 weeks on she has now developed the skin peeling off her fingers - again it's a normal side effect of scarlet fever. What I am concerned about is we are now on 48 hours of vomiting. She hasn't eaten at all and will throw up water within 5 minutes of drinking. She has spent most of today and yesterday asleep. She has a raised temp yesterday and slightly flushed cheeks but not today.

I know it could just be a bug she's picked up since but I can't shake the feeling it's related.

Does anyone have any insight or experience of similar? I'm thinking of waiting it out tonight and if it continues tomorrow calling 111 and maybe going to an out of hours DR.

beautifulgirls Fri 15-Apr-16 21:56:25

If she isn't keeping fluids down you need to see the doctor tonight. If you can get small sips into her and she isn't too unwell in herself otherwise then maybe more realistic to wait until tomorrow. If you are worried why not call 111 any get advice at least and if they feel she should be seen then at least you will get her seen.

FuckOffJeffrey Sat 16-Apr-16 12:16:26

I got her to take some ice cubes last night which helped with the fluids.

She's pretty much back to normal this morning so I'm guessing it was just a 48 hour vomiting bug.

She's been making up for the lack of food the past few days and eating everything in sight. Quite pleased at this because she is too skinny as it is and can't really afford to lose any more weight.

FuckOffJeffrey Sun 17-Apr-16 16:33:02

Well I spoke too soon. By 2 o'clock yesterday she was pretty ill again. No sickness but raised temp and very lethargic and you could see it in her eyes she just isn't right.

She's developed a dry cough and complaining of a sore throat and general aching all over. I don't think she will be well enough for school tomorrow.

Judgeaway Sun 17-Apr-16 17:09:35

Get her seen by the gp

FuckOffJeffrey Sun 17-Apr-16 18:58:10

Yes I will be phoning first thing tomorrow to get her a Dr appointment. I'm hoping it's just a bug or something she's picked up due to her immune system still recovering from scarlet fever rather than a complication.

Voteforpedr0 Sun 17-Apr-16 19:04:03

Scarlet fever can have following complications I think, I read somewhere that some doctors recommend a urine sample a few weeks later to check for this. Hope your dd is feeling better soon

Judgeaway Mon 18-Apr-16 14:56:16

How is your dd today?

FuckOffJeffrey Mon 18-Apr-16 18:36:55

We are not long back from the DR.

She's been prescribed another 10 course of penicillin and I've been advised to keep an eye on her and her temperature. If she gets worse I've to go back or use NHS 24/ A&E if it's out of hours.

The Dr thinks it's the same bacteria from the scarlet fever that hasn't completely cleared up from the first round of antibiotics. We actually had 2 Dr's look at her as the first wanted a second opinion. We were in there for almost 40 minutes. They checked all the usual things and also her feet and hands (I think they suspected Kawasaki disease). I think they were concerned with the length of time she's been ill and the persistent high temperature.

My next decision is how long to keep her off school now. So far she's only missed 5 days as her illness has fallen over Easter and spring break. I was thinking I might keep her off the rest of the week to give her the rest she needs to recover and so I can monitor her properly but at the same time I don't want her to fall behind on her work.

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