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BathshebaDarkstone Fri 07-Oct-16 17:23:53

DD's got a fever and a headache, but she won't take Calpol because she's scared she'll throw up. Should I take her to OOH?

No useful advice on the NHS website. sad

MonsterINTHECupboard Fri 07-Oct-16 17:30:26

How old? Unless there's a medical reason not to take the Calpol, I think you should give it ago first.

Witchend Fri 07-Oct-16 17:30:27

How old?
Where is the headache?
I assume you're thinking meningitis, in which case get her to kiss her knee. If she can't then go to A&E.
Chances are she's just got a bug, and the headache is due to temperature.

MonsterINTHECupboard Fri 07-Oct-16 17:30:44

'a go' NOT ago.

nennyrainbow Fri 07-Oct-16 17:33:28

How high is the fever and how old is she? Generally, I wouldn't go to OOH or the Gp either for that matter for those sort of symptoms alone.
You could phone NHS direct and they'll run through a series of questions with you. Most likely it's a common virus and she'll get over it on her own.

Sirzy Fri 07-Oct-16 17:37:14

As others said age and now much of a fever are key factors.

Generally though I would just keep pushing fluids and see how things go

BathshebaDarkstone Fri 07-Oct-16 21:52:28

She's 9 and her temperature's 38.9.

I was worried about meningitis, thanks for the knee kissing tip, she's fine.

I'm also worried about keeping her temperature down, she sips water if I tell her to. Will her temperature come down by itself if she doesn't take Calpol and drinks the minimum amount of water?

Floralnomad Fri 07-Oct-16 21:56:06

Does she actually feel sick or has she a history of vomitting with calpol ? Could you give her half a paracetamol tablet instead ( or a whole one depending on weight etc) .

3luckystars Fri 07-Oct-16 22:01:05

Can you get paralink suppositories or voltarol suppositories?

RainyDaisy Fri 07-Oct-16 22:22:11

My son has the same. He readily accepted the calpol, but it didn't do anything. calprufen worked though. Would your DD take that?

steppemum Fri 07-Oct-16 22:36:30

unless she is known for having a low temperature, then I wouldn't be remotely concerned about 38.9 plus a headache.

It is pretty much standard in every cold or flu bug, which are rife at the moment.
You don't HAVE to take anything for those symptoms, it just makes you feel better.

I would only be worried if the headache stopped her from tipping her head forward.

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