Yesterday my ds3 ended up in a&e after complaining of stomach pain and ending up screaming rocking back and forth in pain. Blood pressure was low, heart rate and temp were high. He was kept in for a few hours and then released after they thought it was a bad virus. We were told to go straight back if we weren't happy though. Today he's okay but he was sick in the night and every now and again he's screaming his teeth hurt, he'll just be sat there and then scream out and start crying about his teeth. I'm at a loss, he's had calpol and nurofen (on advice from hospital). I thought maybe it's his throat hurting but he's adamant it's his teeth? Not sure what to do because it's not constant and he's eaten and drinking okay.
Well I would go back personally - did they actually take viral swab? If not how can they be sure it was a virus? Did his blood pressure rise before you left hospital and heart rate lower etc? You sometimes have to just go with your gut instincts.
Given that it settles with pain killers and he's eating and drinking ok I'd say continue to observe and if worsens then consider gp Monday. Or obviously if you become acutely concerned then 111/OoH GP/A+E
Throat or nose - it’s very frustrating that hcp’s just automatically write everything off as a virus and often only test further or take you seriously if you go back. It’s the health equivalent of an it guy telling you to turn your computer off and back on again! IMO viral testing should be used more - surely cheaper to do a quick test than a second gp appointment- esp out of hours or much worse put children at risk by dismissing symptoms such as this which have some red flags for sepsis as ‘just a virus’ without actually confirming if it is bacterial or not.
But a viral swab isn't quick. It takes at least 2 days to get anything back. If he's not going to be admitted he's not gonna get the results. And a nose/throat swab isn't gonna help identify abdo pain.