ds went to bed absolutely fine and then woke with a high temperature a dry cough and a very bad headache. he is feeling really horrible today and shivery / hot flushes, feeling sick. what should i do with him? could it be swine flu? help please!
Go to the NHS website and punch ion the checklist to see if you can get anti-viral and then start him on them as soon as possible. Showing up at the GP is unlikely to be well received. Our GP Surgery had a big sign on the door asking people not to enter if they think they have swine flu.
i am worried about my other son if it is sw as he has asthma, immune deficiency and epilepsy i am also ill myself and as yet not been able to find out whats wrong, been struggling for 12 months now aaaaaaaaaargh
cheeryface just to reassure you. My 5 year old had suspected swine flu last week and had the antivirals. She shares a room with her sister aged 2. They still played together but we banned kissing (except on foreheads) and dd1 was very good re handwashing, sneezing into tissues etc. So far (fingers crossed) we all seem fine.
There are clear guidelines/questions on the swines flu line to check that someone isn't suffering from anything really dangerous.
Fair point whattheheck but tonsillitis for example isn't generally dangerous and if someone was being treated for swine flu but a day or two later the tonsils/throat seemed to be the major issue then the op would still be better to ask the surgery for a telephone consultation initially.
Your surgery is quite unusual I think in that they are still seeing everyone with fever. (rightly or wrongly)
well I didn't mention the dangerous things but there have been some problems encountered with bacterial infections being missed due to assumptions about it being swine flu and also the with helpline~in general,when patients aren't seen,especially children,mis diagnoses can occur.
i decided to go in to see the doc in the end as i thought it was more likely something else and i got the last appointment meaning the place would be empty! he said it was a virus and probably not swine flu, but if it is swine flu it will be gone in a few days anyway. have been given ibuprofen to give with the paracetamol.