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HELP! ANYONE KNOWS WHAT IS THIS? COULD IT BE AN EMERGENCY?

(42 Posts)
lua Fri 26-May-06 20:56:08

Ds had a high fever this morning while at nursery, which went down with calpol. In the afternoon the fever came by, but he was willing to eat, so I wasn't too worried. Thought was just a cold. However, when I went to give him the bath I noticed all around his genital areas a really heavy rash, looking almost blister like. It appear out of nowhere, so I'm pretty sure is not just a rash. Is mostly on his willy and scrotum. I put a lot of cream and thought I would take him to the doc in the Am. However, he woke up within an hour, and is very upsett and is unwilling to nurse. His lips seemed to be a little swollen and his certainly has mouth disconfort. Can this be anything serious? Should I panick and take him to see the docs tonight!

Much, much thank for any help!

WideWebWitch Fri 26-May-06 20:57:34

How old is he? Ring NHS Direct 0845 46 47

lua Fri 26-May-06 20:58:46

sorry.. he is 11 months...
I rang the GP and they are not willing to commit one way or the other (they never do for babies!)

MerlinsBeard Fri 26-May-06 20:59:30

ring NHS direct

WideWebWitch Fri 26-May-06 20:59:31

NHS Direct will ask a load of questions and then advise you. Is your instinct that he's very ill?

lua Fri 26-May-06 21:00:10

I guess I'll just go the NHS clinic. I was hoping someone had some idea what this was though... I found the GPs in our local one pretty useless...

WideWebWitch Fri 26-May-06 21:00:12

If he has a high temp give Calpol again (if it's long enough since he last had it) and take his clothes off.

WideWebWitch Fri 26-May-06 21:00:38

You don't have to go, just ring and see what they say.

nothercules Fri 26-May-06 21:01:00

I wouldnt bother with nhs direct. They cant diagnose. I would phone out of hours gp now.

hulababy Fri 26-May-06 21:01:12

NHS are likely to just suggest A&E anyway IME. Might be worth heading up there and having triage check him out. Or do you have a 24 hour doctors place?

lua Fri 26-May-06 21:01:30

I was very panicked because I couldn't calm him down and he didn't want to nurse, which is most unusual. But I turned the TV on to see if that distracted him and it seems to do calm him down...Thus, confused!!!

nothercules Fri 26-May-06 21:02:00

agree with hulababy.

MerlinsBeard Fri 26-May-06 21:02:25

if it was me and my instict was that he was unwell but iu was still a bit uncertain, i would ring NHS direct and if they were no joy then either a and e or ring out of hours gp

WideWebWitch Fri 26-May-06 21:03:38

It's really hard for us to say without seeing him, if you're worried I do agree with the others, go to A&E and see what they say. Don't panic, it's not that we think it sounds terrible or anything, it's just probably worth erring on the side of caution. come back and tell us what they say.

lua Fri 26-May-06 21:07:08

Right. called the after hours GP they will see him. I guess is always better to be sure than sorry! Tanks!
Can I still ask if this symptoms sounds familiar to anyone out there? The only things similar I see when I search the net is hand-and-moth disease (coxsackie) or herpes. One is nothing the other terrible?!?!

WideWebWitch Fri 26-May-06 21:08:48

DON'T scare yourself with symptoms on the internet, really! (OK, ask us but don't do random searches, they;ll just potentially panic you!)

Mercy Fri 26-May-06 21:09:05

Have you taken his temperature? What is it?


Baby nurofen is good for temps. But I think only 3 hours after the last dose of calpol

WideWebWitch Fri 26-May-06 21:09:26

And neither of those are the end of the world afaik, really.

lua Fri 26-May-06 21:11:29

thankyou WWW! The herpes stuff scared me!
coxsackie I know is no big deal...

His temp is 38 now, four after his last calpol.

WideWebWitch Fri 26-May-06 21:12:38

I would still go if gp suggested it but honestly, 38 is fine, it's only a bit over normal and sometimes a fever is just them fighting something off (but am not a dr!)

madamechocolat Fri 26-May-06 21:13:44

Let us know how he is x

sugarfree Fri 26-May-06 21:16:55

You don't need to leave three hours between Nurofen and Calpol,it just makes alternating the two easier and then you are never far from the next dose of something.

I don't think it sounds like my definition of an emergency but you do sound panicked so for your peace of mind,I think he needs to see someone.I don't think any decent doctor should begrudge seeing a baby in pain,uncomfortable with a temp,not feeding properly and with an upset,worried Mummy.

If you are going to A&E,go soon,it's Friday night.

lua Fri 26-May-06 21:21:56

I do panick easily with the kids health
Dh took him to the Gp (precisely because of the above).
Hopefully I'll be reporting soon that it was nothing!

Thanks all for the reassurances

lua Fri 26-May-06 21:33:49

Just to let you know... DH rang me back and GP thinks is just a really bad yeast infection, combined with some independent viral/cold infection.

Sotrry for the panic attack, thanks for listening!

WideWebWitch Fri 26-May-06 21:34:42

Marvellous! Well, ykwim. I hope he's better soon.

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