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Meningitis: Please God I am worrying about nothing, but when ought I to start worrying?
4yo ds2 has, over the past 3h, developed a temp of 39C underarm, is hot to the touch with cool hands and feet, incredibly grumpy, complains he can't stand, complains we are hurtign his neck when we pick him up, and has suddenly fallen asleep in dh's arms. He is not deeply asleep - moaned when I disturbed him to touch his feet just now.
Is this enough to warrant more than just Calpol (which I have given him) and watching?
I don't want to panic you but I think I'd be onto NHS Direct now. I can't say what I might think it is (not being a Doctor and all that) but if you're worried, ask them. They are the experts. Far better to be told not to worry by them, than 'I might worry if it was me' by non-professionals, like me/us (apols to any HCP MNers)
Yes I would take to OOH GP or walk in centre... Most likely to be nothing, but if you are worried, follow your instincts... I got my fingers burnt once by not following mine- they really do count for a lot ...
Trust your instincts, and if in doubt get him checked out - its that time of year, and I agree always wise to get medical advice.
That said, could well be a virus - there are loads around, and my dds have had all those symptoms (which I also got anxious about) when starting a recent one. Snotty noses within 48 hours, coughs, and normal recovery....but you just never know at the beginning, do you? Wishing your ds a boring old virus, and better v soon.
Finally got through to NHS Direct, about the same time as ds's skin pinked up and he started getting more responsive. They also think flu, and that if it was meningitis he would not show any improvement nor respond to Calpol/Nurofen (which he has finally done).
Thank you God for sending us a flu at the begining of the holiday season. And I mean it. Given what we just feared, it's the best gift we could have!